Whether you still have not found a teaching position, have been laid off, or are considering changing careers, teachers have a versatile skill set that opens the door to many other professions. Check out these 20 different job options for teachers and discover one that meets your needs.
1. Training Companies
Training companies who are contracted by corporations see the benefit of hiring trained teachers. Your ability to teach others in the classroom transfers just as effectively to the boardroom.
2. Testing Companies
Companies responsible for creating tests rely heavily on teachers for question creation. Use your expertise to create tests designed for your grade level of expertise.
3. Sales Reps
Everyone from pharmaceutical companies to insurance agencies see the benefit of hiring teachers. Your unique skill set includes generating excitement while educating – things that are crucial for a successful sales rep.
4. Publishing Companies
If you love to write or edit, publishing companies may be an avenue to explore. Textbook publishing companies are especially keen on hiring educators.
Start your own private practice or apply at a local or national tutoring company. The demand for these services will typically be after school hours, but some specialty tutoring companies (i.e. – those that work with special Dyslexia programs, etc.) have a need for tutors during the school day.
6. Education Program Director
Think there are not a lot of education directors? Think again! Most zoos, museums, cruise ships, resorts, and historic park programs have directors who specialize in putting together programs for school-age children.
7. Freelance Editor
Are you a stickler for details? Consider hiring yourself out as a freelance editor for print companies, local printers, and more.
8. Content Creator
If your passion is for creating curriculum and designing printables, explore online options like TeachersPayTeachers, Teachers Notebook, or creating your own blog/website to sell your wares.
9. Virtual/Cyber School Teacher
Teaching online can be just as challenging as teaching in the classroom, but it is an option to consider. Most cyber schools have state charters making them free, public education alternatives for students in that state. Start by doing a search for “online charter school” to find those that may be in your state. While this is not a different profession, it does offer an alternative to being in a brick and mortar school.
10. Real Estate Agents
Teachers are good listeners and that comes in handy when helping people house hunt. If you enjoy working with people, enjoy the challenge of finding just the right house (think of it as finding the way to make that lightbulb go off in your student’s head!), and do not mind working on weekends, consider taking real estate classes.
11. Teacher at a Children’s Hospital or Prison
Many children’s hospitals and prisons hire full-time teachers to work with their respective populations. While each poses different challenges, the rewards of teaching can definitely be felt.
12. Teach at the College Level
Adjunct faculty positions are generally filled 6-10 months in advance, so start planning ahead. You can change the lives of undergraduate teachers-in-training which will, in turn, change the lives of future generations.
13. Study Groups
Are you familiar with the requirements of the PSATs and SATs? Consider starting (and charging for!) study groups that focus on those tests. If testing is not your thing, math or science study groups can also be popular with local families.
14. Kids’ Classes
Let your passion for cooking, photography, crafts, music, or STEM enrichment activities turn themselves into a small business. Many local parks and recreation organizations are always looking for new classes and instructors for the summer months. If you decide to do it on your own, network with other small businesses, moms’ clubs, and more.
15. Activity Directors
Nursing Homes and Retirement Communities are always looking for high-quality, people-oriented directors for their activities department. Patience, a love for learning and teaching, and an enthusiasm for life are key requirements for a successful director.
16. Teach Adults English
Whether you decide to go abroad and teach English or travel to your local library to do one-on-one language tutoring, you can get the satisfaction of helping others learn to communicate in English. Be sure to check out certification requirements.
17. Academic Advisors
Colleges need academic advisors and who better than teachers to fill those roles. Online advisors, as well as in person advisors are key to student retention and success.
18. Specialized Dyslexia Tutor and/or Advocate
If you want to help make the difference in the lives of students and families by helping them navigate the IEP process and advocate for their needs, becoming a specialized Dyslexia tutor or advocate can be the answer. Check out places like the Dyslexia Training Institute that offer online certification and training programs.
19. Party Planning for Kids (or Adults)
Is decorating and planning creative units one of your favorite parts about teaching? If so, party planning may be right up your alley. Planning parties for children (or adults!) can incorporate all of your organizational skills, creativity, and enthusiasm in one job. Theme parties are especially popular, but you might want to offer science experiment parties or theater parties depending on your areas of interest.
Many families would love to have a teacher as their children’s nanny. Not only would you get to work with children, but most full-time nannies get paid a decent salary and have somewhat flexible hours. If you are searching for a nice interim position, nannying might be worth considering.
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