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How to Get Started as a Prospective Teacher

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No matter which path you chose, everyone has the same next steps: Learn more from the research-based facts about teaching by exploring our Did You Knows. Explore more about the teaching profession here

Did you know…

Teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians.

Teachers have flexible summers that they can use to travel, learn, spend time with family and friends, and recharge.

Science teachers report having higher or equivalent overall job satisfaction compared to other STEM professionals.

At year 15, the middle 50% of teacher salaries ranges between $68,000 and $114,000, nationally.

Teachers earn additional pay of $1,000 – $8,000 for optional activities like coaching, running after school clubs, and tutoring.

Teacher salaries are competitive with other jobs you can get with the same degree.

Grade 7-12 science and math teachers get paid more than most college teaching faculty.

You can get a job almost anywhere in the U.S. or abroad as a science or math teacher.

There are student loan forgiveness programs and scholarships for math and science teachers.

Most teaching jobs have better retirement benefits than other jobs you can get with the same degree.

Nearly all teachers report having creative freedom in their classrooms.

87% of teachers report that they are treated with respect by students and their parents.

About half of all science and math majors report an interest in becoming a teacher.

A larger fraction of STEM students of color indicate an interest in teaching compared to their White counterparts. 

Research shows that the classroom teacher has a greater impact on student learning than all other aspects of schools (e.g., class size and funding per student).

Behind every advance in medicine or technology is a teacher who left a lasting impression.

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