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What Area of Teaching Has the Highest Demand?

Question:
Where is there the most demand for teachers? Is there a specific area of education that hasn't been affected by the recession? I'm thinking about majoring in teaching and would like to major in an area that has the most job security possible. Any tips are appreciated!

Answer:
It's a great idea to consider a profession that will bring you some peace of mind when it comes to job security, particularly during these challenged economic times. And yes, there are areas of teaching that generally have a higher demand for educators. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a reliable resource where you can find information on things like like job outlooks and projections for different professions. Below I have listed the top 3 most in demand types of educators, according to statistics from the BLS.

  • Special Education--Recently there has been an increase in the number of students who require special education services. This contributes to the demand for special education teachers. BLS reports that jobs in special education are expected to increase by 17 percent between 2008-2018.
  • Instructional Coordinators--There is a need for instructional coordinators because many schools feel commited to meeting higher educational standards. BLS reports a 23 percent projected increase in this area between 2008-2018; a much higher growth rate than the national average for all occupations.
  • Post-secondary Teachers--This demand stems from today's increasing number of high school graduates who go on to college and the large number of adults who return to school to keep up with the competition in the labor force. BLS reports that between 2008 and 2018 teaching jobs for professors, or post-secondary teachers, will increase by 15 percent.

Good luck as you decide on a career that can offer some job security.

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