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The Job Market for Teachers


Which States Will Need the Most Teachers?

According to the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Through 2018, overall student enrollments in elementary, middle, and secondary schools—a key factor in the demand for teachers—are expected to rise more slowly than in the past as children of the baby-boom generation leave the school system. Projected enrollments will vary by region. Rapidly growing States in the South and West will experience the largest enrollment increases. Enrollments in the Midwest are expected to hold relatively steady, while those in the Northeast are expected to decline. Teachers who are geographically mobile and who obtain licensure in more than one subject are likely to have a distinct advantage in finding a job.”

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition, Teachers-Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary (visited August 17, 2010).

Please note: The 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook is scheduled to be released late March 2012.

Teacher Shortage Areas

Teacher shortage areas in Minnesota include agriculture, bilingual education, computer science education, English language learners, family and consumer sciences, world languages (Japanese & Spanish), mathematics, reading, biology, chemistry, earth/physical, physics, general science, special education (all areas), and technology education.

Nationally, areas with considerable shortage include bilingual education, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and special education (all areas).

SOURCE: Teacher Supply and Demand by Field and Region. (2009). AAEE Job Search Handbook. 11-13.

CEHD Program Completion Data

*78.7% of program completers report being employed as teachers in their first year after program completion.

Type of Position

82.7% of these teachers are employed full-time.

9.0% are employed as long-term substitutes.

8.3% are employed as short-term substitutes.

Type of School

74.6% of these teachers are employed at public schools.

10.4% are employed at charter schools.

5.2% are employed at private schools.

*Data obtained from Transition to Teaching Survey 2010 (Completion year 2008-2009) through the CEHD Educator Development Research Center (EDRC).

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