If you are interested in a teaching job – either as a first career or as a part of a professional career change – there are some states that may have more opportunities than other places. Here are some good states for teaching positions.
Maryland – with its proximity to the nation’s capital – may be a good place for teachers as well. There are three ways to become a teacher in Maryland: traditional, non-traditional through an approved alternative program, and with a condition certification. The median salary for new teachers was $43,003 for 2011-2012, according to the National Education Association. Maryland also has a standard pay scale for teachers across the state which means that you will make the same no matter the school district.
The Hawaii Department of Education is interested in special education, science, and math teachers. There is also an active program to get returning troops into teaching positions as well. The teachers’ union has just approved a new contract where a previous 5% pay cut is restored and the teachers have a combination of increasing pay grades and pay increases over the next few years; the mean salary in 2012 is $48,680. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world and currently there are some improvements in benefits for teachers in the state. With more than 180,000 active students across the state and a growing need for education, it is a great time to check it out.
The median salary for new teachers in Wyoming was $43,053 in 2011-2012, according to the NEA; the average salary is $55,861. Because of the extra money that has come in from energy resources, Wyoming has extra money and has been dedicated to improving the educational situation of the state. Teachers are well compensated in this state.
North Dakota is another state that used money from oil money to fund improvements in education. North Dakota has also been working to fill teaching shortages in multiple areas like math, science, and technology. The median salary for new teachers in 2011-2012 was $31,065; the average salary for teachers in North Dakota is $41,654. While that is not the highest starting salary, the rarity of layoffs may make up for it.
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