CAREER DEVELOPMENT / DEC. 11, 2014
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5 Employment Benefits Working as a Teacher

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Many individuals enter the educational field to become teachers because they want to educate and develop children and young people. However, there are several benefits to individuals who are employed as teacher. This article will address those five benefits.

1. Job Security

In the education industry, layoffs are generally rare so individuals who are employed as teachers have job security. Of course, employment benefits and requirements for teachers differ from state to state. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is estimated that between 2008 and 2018, the US will need to “hire nearly half a million additional teachers.” (Source: alleducationschools.com) This fact should encourage more individuals to become teachers due to the current shortage of teachers.

2. Solid Paycheck

Similarly to other professions, teachers do not start out with a high salary. Their salary increases in time due to excellence in work performance and experience. However, the BLS has estimated that teachers are generally paid approximately 11% more than the typical professional employee.

3. Good Benefits Package

In the current employment environment and with changes in the insurance industry, many companies cannot provide important health benefits or even pension plans. However, generally speaking, teachers are still receiving excellent health insurance and pension plans. According to AllEducationSchools.com, “most teachers have their premiums fully paid by their school districts and their health, dental and vision benefits are among the best when compared to other industries.” Additionally, teachers often receive benefits like sick and personal days as well as even tuition reimbursement.

4. Long Vacation Time

Most companies generally offer employees two weeks of vacation and additional weeks are offered after employees complete more years of employment. However, teachers receive time off during winter and spring breaks as well as 2 – 3 months off during the summer. Depending on regulations in each state, teachers usually have the option to—either receive all of their salary during the 9 – 10 months of school or have it divided up between the 12 months of the year—to receive paychecks during the months off. Having a long vacation period can provide teachers with the added benefit of pursuing their passions, spending more time with family and friends, getting part-time employment (a fun job) or furthering their education.

5. Decreased Need for Child Care

One other benefit is that a teacher, who is a parent, is more likely to have a work schedule which lines up with their child’s school calendar. This factor will allow the teacher to be home when their child is off from school. The school day is 6 hours and this means that a teacher generally works fewer hours than others who are employed in the corporate or industrial field. Of course, teachers are expected to work some long days during parent-teacher conferences, leading after-school activities or grading homework. 

There are many benefits to working as a teacher as described in this article. Job security, receiving a solid paycheck and excellent benefits package are some major benefits. Having a longer vacation time is a great benefit for gaining freedom time. Teachers also have more time to spend with family and friends.

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