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Teachers learn skills that can take you almost anywhere you want to, like leadership, communication, creative problem-solving and teamwork. So whether you stay in the classroom or set your sights beyond, let’s look at some of the ways you could grow your career. 

Of course, this is just a taste! There are as many career possibilities as there are teachers—and you get to decide how your journey will look.

5 Career Paths for Teachers

These are a few of the diverse fields where you can work with a teaching certificate. Click on a category to see examples of each!

Classroom Leadership

You can advance your teaching career without giving up the opportunity to work with students directly. Here are a few roles that let you grow in your career and stay in the classroom.

A National Board Certified teacher smiling at the camera. Next to him are the words: “National Board Certified Teacher. Average extra income: $5K–10K.”

School Leadership

With some teaching experience under your belt, you may decide to support your school community beyond the classroom! Check out these school-level leadership gigs and what they entail.

 A future school principal smiling at the camera. Next to her are the words: “Principal. Average annual salary: $101,500.”

District Leadership

In a district leadership position, you can broaden your reach and make a lasting impact across multiple schools. These are just a few of the many district leadership positions you can grow into.

A future school superintendent smiling at the camera. Next to her are the words: “School Superintendent. Average annual salary: $156,000.”

Policy, Advocacy & Academia

As you advance in your career, maybe you’ll want to expand your reach and share what you know with new audiences. Here’s a snapshot of the types of roles you can consider!

A future education professor smiling at the camera. Next to him are the words: “Professor of Education. Average annual salary: $79,000.”

Education Products & Services

The skills and knowledge you gain from teaching can prepare you to develop products and services for other educators. Here are a few possibilities to consider.

A future data analyst smiling at the camera. Next to her are the words: “Data analyst. Average annual salary: $103,500.”

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