How to Secure a Good-Paying Teaching Job

Make sure you're certified and build a network

I recently moved to Atlanta where, despite my significant experience and Ivy League degree, I’ve found it difficult to obtain an educator position that pays a decent wage. Do you have any suggestions?


—M. Al-Ahmar
Via E-mail

First, make sure you have all the necessary requirements and certifications to be as competitive as possible in a new city.

In the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010–2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of K-12 teachers is expected to grow by 12%, adding about 468,600 new jobs through 2018. In the meantime, however, as you look to increase your earning potential, you will need to think more creatively about finding work. Depending on your expertise you may want to supplement your income by doing consulting or private tutoring that prepares students for state and national exams. Since you have just moved to Atlanta, you need to develop a network of professional contacts immediately.

Consider joining professional organizations in your respective area such as the National Education Association (www.nea.org) or the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (www.pageinc.org) to get a better perspective on opportunities in your city. Also, look into TeachGeorgia.org and, of course, the Georgia Department of Education (www.gadoe.org).

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