Where are the jobs for teachers

Teaching often becomes a hot profession during recessions. There’s this misconception that schools are always hiring and some people who have lost their jobs like the idea of “giving back” by working as a teacher.

But this recession is different.

We know that school districts around Georgia are laying off employees and increasing class sizes so they don’t need to hire as many teachers.

I’ve heard some teachers are putting off retirement because they’re worried about the economy or they’ve lost too much money in their investments and can’t afford not to work.

And then we have the fact that Georgia’s public school enrollment isn’t growing at the rate it once was.

How is this job market for teachers? Are you having trouble finding a position or are you postponing retirement because of the economy?

16 comments Add your comment


April 14th, 2009
9:16 am

This question can be looked at in two ways….

From a geographic perspective, teaching jobs are available more in rural areas. Positions in the highly populated areas are more difficult to get – even in education.

From a subject/grade perspective, elementary teachers are plentiful and getting a job is more difficult. The most job opennings are for high school science and math teachers. There is also still high demand for good special ed teachers.


April 14th, 2009
10:53 am

I thought that I would have this problem, but I was able to secure a position with another school system next year. Jobs are certainly not as plentiful and you definitely have to bring your A game to interviews. I haven’t seen many science positions available, but I have seen some math. Foreign Language teachers are needed everywhere as well as special education. But I’m sure that many that are running to the profession will depart just as quickly when the market rebounds.

S. Georgia Teacher

April 14th, 2009
11:25 am

Some teachers in our district are not having there contracts renewed, but overall I’m not worried. If they want to cut the fat they need to start at the central office.

Lisa B.

April 14th, 2009
12:29 pm

Rural Southwest Georgia systems are broke. I keep hearing about RIF’s. Few, if any systems are advertising teaching positions. The teachers in this area who are looking are told to try the Metro area.


April 14th, 2009
1:31 pm

There are 30 pages of job listings on TeachGeorgia.org, so somebody must be hiring.

The Substitute

April 14th, 2009
1:59 pm

There will always be teaching positions that need to be filled somewhere. Just check the vacancies in local school systems.


April 14th, 2009
3:24 pm

This recession has made it difficult to consider changing schools. I know of several teachers that wanted to leave their areas at the beginning of the year, but as the recession got worse, they changed their minds. We had 10 days to return our contracts in February, and most schools don’t start hiring until the job fairs in March. No one wanted to take that risk, and many contracts were returned the same day they were given.

N.Ga. Teacher

April 14th, 2009
3:42 pm

The teacher job market is generally not good. There is a glut of K-8 teachers and a glut of high school English and social studies teachers. The real demand area is special ed, due to the excruciating federal standards and a short burnout time. Physics teachers and Spanish teachers have good opportunities. Math and computer science teachers can get jobs. Applicants MUST have a squeaky-clean criminal record, certification in the area of teaching, experience in public schools with good references, and the ability to coach or do some other extracurriculur activity.
In the next 10 years the job market will be very tough. However, there are a large number of teachers betwen 45 and 60 so there will be an enormous wave of baby boomer retirements concommitant with a surge in student population, and then jobs will be plentiful.


April 14th, 2009
4:57 pm

We’re facing staff cuts. There may be some positions later in the summer when husbands are transferred, but we will be hiring very few new teachers this year.


April 14th, 2009
4:58 pm

I have decided to put off thinking of retiring (this is year 36). I know that, at my age, if I needed to be working part time I would have a hard time getting a job. With a PhD and max experience, no one would want to pay the local supplement, no matter how good I am. I will probably drop in the traces, so to speak.

On the plus side, if I retired, my house and cars are all paid for.


April 15th, 2009
5:55 am

The kids are going to arrive at the doors of the schools whether or not we are ready. The county can place a few more students in each class, but there is a limit and schools will have to hire more teachers. I have several friends who are looking and getting worried, but the positions may not be open until after the 10 day count when the official count has been made and additional teachers are needed. Good teachers are always in need. And things change from when contracts are signed months earlier: spouses get transferred, people get pregnant, and family situations change. In the past, the county has hired in anticipation of increased student enrollment, today, they are going to wait until the last possible moment to hire and in August and September we are going to be reading about the mad rush to hire good teachers.


April 15th, 2009
9:18 pm

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April 22nd, 2009
9:19 am

I’m in Fayette County, home of the teacher pay and benefit cuts, land of helicopter parents, and home of school board nepotism and financial mismanagement. Not to mention a sorry top administration. The usual demand is for Special Ed. teachers because of the high burn-out rate. WHAT JOBS???


April 27th, 2009
1:58 pm

I am appalled at the lack of outrage from parents and others who always scream about the lack of a good education “for our children.” Cutting teachers because of budgetary reasons says to me that we are willing to sacrifice the educational well being of our children because of the budget. Oh yes, I am very much aware of the recession and the economic picture for most of the country; however, if “our children” were really such a concern, the hacking in education should be the last thing touched. So now it’s OK to have large classes? To cut material, equipment, and supplies? Let “the “kids” education suffer. Sometimes I wonder about the feigned concern for the future of children. “Our Children” is just a buzz word to garner guilt when it is deemed beneficial to a given interest group. If we really care about their education, the outrage would be heard from all corners of society.

The sick thing is the school systems, like Cobb that I know of, who use the need to cut the budget to abuse teachers and force them to resign. Everyone is crooked.


May 2nd, 2009
9:50 am

Hi. I am a Spanish Teacher in New York. I have 15 years experience. My husband may be getting transferred to SE Georgia. Are there any jobs for me out there? Does GA have tenure? How is the pay. I can’t really understand the state chart. Any info is appreciated.