The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts the need for elementary school teachers to increase at an average of 12% through 2022, and the need for high school teachers to grow at a slower than average rate of 6%. A career as a professional teacher in public and most private schools requires at least a bachelor’s degree, with advancement and pay increases generally tied to either an advanced degree or teaching experience. A typical classroom teacher’s day is divided between classroom and non-classroom duties. Classroom duties include instruction and other interactions with students. Non-classroom activities include lesson planning, student progress assessments, test and homework grading, professional development and other administrative duties and responsibilities. Entry level teachers can expect to earn between ,000 for elementary school and ,000 for high school. The top 10% of teachers earn a salary of ,690, which usually requires a master’s degree. The bottom 10% earn about ,630 per year.
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