How hard is it to get a teaching job in the United States?
Not very. Right now, there's a pretty significant teacher shortage throughout most of the country.
You might ask, "Why is there a teacher shortage?"
The answer is that teaching in America is becoming a far less desirable job than it once was. That has gotten significantly worse in recent years.
The reality of teaching in the US is lower salaries, more hours, more students, weaker (or non-existent) benefits, and a degree of disdain from the public that borders on revulsion.
In short, it's pretty easy to get a teaching job because there just aren't that many willing to suffer the consequences of following a passion to educate.
On Monday, I'll go back to work in a school that still has three vacancies. These are full-time classrooms in a district that pays very well (comparatively speaking). Our facilities are reasonably modern and the insurance is quite good. But, since September, there have been three jobs we can't fill (and we just filled a fourth a few weeks back). The kids in those classes have sat in a room with substitute teachers for nearly 3/4ths of a year.
When I started, this never happened. If a teacher retired or moved or left for some other reason, we had several people waiting for a position. We'd call a few we liked from the last round of interviews and have that position filled within a week or two.
Today, these jobs will probably remain unfilled for the entire year.
That, more than anything else, should tell you about the state of the job hunt for teachers in the US. Please apply - kids who spend a year with a sub learn almost nothing. We need you!
It depends on location, area(s) of certification, and experience.
Some places will prefer to NOT hire someone with lots of experience because those typically come at a higher pay scale. Having around 5 years experience is probably most helpful, unless it is in a very specific field where more experience is valued.
Math and Special Education are the "easiest" to get a job as they tend to be most difficult to fill, while Social Studies (History) is the most difficult to get a job as they are very easy to fill.
Big cities are easy to find work, as they have extremely high turnover. Small towns also pay much less.
I would recommend that you get certified in a few contents, and apply where you would like to be. Driving 30–60 minutes each way is very exhausting, especially when you can expect to spend 1–3 hours each day outside of contract time working on lessons/grades.
This can depend on what type of teaching position you are hoping to obtain. Unfortunately the salary for teaching seems to keep decreasing in the United States which is terrible as this is growing our youth. However you can check out all the available teaching jobs in the United States using our job search engine below.
I would also look into personal tutor jobs! This way you are making your own hours and rate based on your skill set. You may have more luck and earnings going down that road!
Best of luck to you!
It depends on what kind of teacher you are. Some types we have too many of and others we are looking everywhere for those teachers. We always need special education teachers, ESL teachers, FCS teachers. It also depends on where you are in the country. It is harder to find jobs in places that are not experiencing population growth or even have negative population growth. It is easier in places that are growing more.
It depends a great deal on what subject(s) the prospective candidate is willing to teach and what part of the US they are willing to move to.
People with special education certification are candidates who find jobs quickly. Individuals qualified to teach math and/or science are coveted by school districts as well.
There tends to be many jobs available in remote locations. Teachers choosing to teach in intercity schools may find job prospects as well.