5 Ways to Use your Teaching Degree (Besides Teaching)


You know you want to do something with your life, but you’re not sure whether teaching full time is the way to go. Maybe it seems too limiting, or maybe you’re scared that you won’t be satisfied in that career.

While the natural path for those who are qualified to teach is to actually teach in a classroom, that’s not the only thing you can do with a teaching degree. You can also use the skills and education you’ve picked up to help you do other jobs or follow other career paths. In case you need some more details, here’s what else you can do.

1. Be a tutor

If you’re not ready to commit to a full-time career in teaching, one way to use your credentials is to work as a tutor. Tutors have to be at the whim of their students’ schedules, but they’ll typically get some flexibility in terms of the number of hours they work, where they work, and the types of students they take on. What’s more, tutors often get paid more per hour than starting teachers - though they may work fewer hours and thus make less overall.

2. Develop course material

Another way to use your teaching qualifications is by developing course materials, such as books, apps, games, or worksheets for teachers to use in the classroom. This might be a little tougher to break into, but it’s a relatively common career path for experienced teachers who want to do something else.

3. Be an advisor

With some teaching experience, you might also be able to use your teaching diploma to work on local school boards, to advise educational departments, or even to show that you have some knowledge of the education system when running for public office.

4. Develop coursework in business

Your teaching credentials can also help you when you’re working in the corporate world. As a trainer in an office, your teaching background could help you develop effective training materials for the staff. Likewise, your knowledge of pedagogy and coursework organization could help you get a role in human resources.

5. Transferable Skills for any career path

Keep in mind that for many professional jobs, one of the employer’s basic requirements is a four-year degree - which means that a degree in teaching will be enough to get your foot in the door. Whatever type of job you seek beyond the classroom, you’ll do well to sell your leadership skills, your ability to organize information, your knowledge of human behavior and development, and your good work ethic. In other words, your teaching skills can help you in nearly any career that involves working with people - it’s just a matter of arranging your relevant skills in the right way on your resume, so as to highlight what the employer is seeking.

Like many people, the degree you earn will be only a starting point for a career that could take many different twists and turns. So go out there and start exploring how you can use your teaching qualifications to your advantage!