If you’re a high school or college student considering a teaching career, pay special attention to these areas that will have significant demand in the next few decades according to the Department of Education.
Special Education Teacher
There are over 7 million students entitled to special education programs, which means the demand for special education teachers have never been greater. An increase in developmental issues including autism is a part of this higher demand. Special Ed teachers will tell you that this is one of the most rewarding areas to teach.
Social Studies Teacher
There are many college students interested in the social sciences, and you’ll be glad to know that social studies teaching positions will be in good demand as well. Social studies covers a broad range of topics from history to politics to economics and are increasingly important in our global community. And with the world accessible from your classroom in real time over the Internet, this is an exciting time to be a social studies teacher.
Another STEM subject area in high demand is science. Many studies have shown that US students are falling behind relative to other countries in the subject area of science. Students need science teachers who are passionate and can create a sense of discovery and wonder. Can you be the next Bill Nye The Science Guy?
Not surprisingly, the second most in-demand position is for math. Districts know many students are below proficiency in math, so the demand for good math teachers exceeds the supply. Hone in on your multiplication tables, and consider a math teaching credential. It may provide exponentially more satisfaction than being an analyst.
ELL and ESL Teacher
Teachers focusing on English as a second language are the most in-demand teachers. One in five children speak a language other than English at home, and almost a quarter of a classroom may have challenges following a lesson because of language barriers. Demand is expected to continue to grow over the next 5 to 10 years. Teachers bilingual in Spanish are in high demand with Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese and Somali next in need.
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