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Essay about advantages and disadvantages of being a teacher

essay about advantages and disadvantages of being a teacher

by Tanya Robertson
Influencing the lives of children is a huge motivation for some teachers.

Influencing the lives of children is a huge motivation for some teachers.

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Before deciding to pursue a career as a teacher, weigh both the advantages and disadvantages. Successful teachers have a passion for what they do and strive to share that passion with others. But teachers often work long hours and face other challenges, so it's important for them to love what they do -- and not just do it because they need a paycheck.


Those passionate about teaching point to the benefits of working with children and positively influencing the lives of their students. Other advantages of teaching are the summer-off schedules and the ability to pursue intellectual interests. For example, someone who's interested in physics may choose to pursue a college teaching career in physics so they can further their own knowledge on the subject.


Teachers often struggle with the challenges of school budget cuts, large classroom sizes, increasingly demanding curriculum requirements and lack of parental involvement. School district financial woes may equate to pay cuts, layoffs and a reduction of job benefits, such as healthcare and retirement, for many teachers. Some states have changed laws giving school districts more flexibility in eliminating tenured teaching positions. By eliminating tenured positions, districts are then able to hire new teachers for lower wages.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for teachers varies depending on the position. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, kindergarten and elementary school teaching positions were expected to rise between 2010 and 2020 by 17 percent, which is considered faster than average for all occupations. However, high school teaching positions are only expected to rise during this same period by 7 percent, which is considered slower than average for all occupations.


Perhaps one of the largest complaints from teachers regards the low pay they receive for the amount of work they do. A teacher's job often is not finished at the end of the school day. They may grade papers, prepare assignments and correct homework on their own time at home. The BLS reports that kindergarten and elementary school teachers averaged ,800 a year and high school teachers averaged ,230 a year as of May 2010.

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