Job options for an English teacher?

I’m getting well and truly fed up with teaching English in a public high school. True, I like the stable retirement plan (though that seems a thousand years away), the good benefits, the vacation days. But the stress is killing me. And a colleague recently lost it completely and had to be put on indefinite medical leave- it isn’t worth the benefits if it ruins my physical and mental health, I’m thinking.

Problem is, I always planned to be a teacher, and I’m not sure what other options I might be qualified for.

What I’ve got: A master’s in English literature, and six years of teaching experience, including yearbook and newspaper managing.

What I’d like: A job that will pay me as much or more than my current salary ($36,000 US), with lots less stress. I didn’t like what I tried of journalism, because I hated the interviewing.

Can anyone offer me advice about something else I might find less likely to send me to an early grave? Or is the devil I know better than the devil I don’t?

Is it the teaching itself, or the school or district?

Have you considered getting a certification in early childhood reading and teaching younger children for a change of pace?

Or get a job with a college. If you don’t want or you’re not qualified to teach traditional undergrad classes, you can work with remedial English or Reading classes at a community college. You would be covering much the same material that you have been, but working with adult non-traditional college students may be a pleasurable change.

Or work with a curriculum and development program, for a school district or a textbook and materials company.

Or some sort of technical writing.

Do overseas English teaching. This field is lucrative, interesting, and profitable. Depending on which agency you work for, you’ll probably be paid more than you currently earn. Prime locations for such a pursuit can be found in Taiwan, Singapore, China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and a host of other Asian nations. You’ll meet many new people, experience a new lifestyle, and learn a new language, all while being paid. Most likely the agency/school will provide boarding for you at no or very little expense. This does include electricity and running water.

How about technical writing? Over the years, I’ve met quite a few who used to be English teachers. I’m in the software business.

Out of curiousity, what state do you teach in? Perhaps it would interest you that starting pay for a teacher(with no experience and a only a B.A.) is $36,000 and that a ten year experienced teacher with a masters gets $75,000.

I’m not talking about inner-city Detroit, either. I’m talking about all public schools, including lower stress areas like the suburbs. I’m a teacher if you didn’t figure it out yet.

I was in the same boat a couple of decades ago, except it was worse. Taught English 5 years, stayed home about 9 yrs with small children, during which time the jobs teaching English kind of dwindled, to put it mildly. The best I could find was a 6-week temporary position an hour away. Needing money, I took a job doing data entry, which led to working in a computer office, which led to attending night school, and learned programming. Doing MUCH better now, thank you! Don’t let anyone say you need to know a lot of math to do computers. What you do need is logic. There are two types of English majors: Those who think that as long as you’re expressing your feelings nothing else matters, and those who know all the comma rules. If you are one of the latter, you can write a program. It needs logic and attention to detail – much as writing a good essay or news story does.

The people I know with English majors in college took jobs like the following:

Librarian (but to get paid decently you’re going to need a master’s)

Bookstore clerk (but it doesn’t pay well)

Technical writer/editor

As people have already indicated, you may be interested in becoming a programmer, although that’s going to require taking at least a few programming courses. If you’re willing to go back to school, you might consider becoming a lawyer. Some of what a lawyer does involves careful writing and speaking.

Second time trying to post a response…grrr…

Anyway – I’ve got a M.Ed. and taught English for 3 years in an urban middle school. I honestly thought I was strong enough emotionally to put aside the politics and the realities my kids faced every day. Ultimately, I wasn’t. I started looking for positions in several suburban systems, but at the time budget crunches were at an all-time high, and I had no interest in substituting. So I quit teaching entirely.

Fast forward a few years in retail management, and rediscovered a love of cooking. I enrolled in culinary school. graduated, and have been a baker/pastry chef/cake decorator for the past 12 years.

Do I miss teaching? I miss the kids the most. Would I do it again? Hell no – my life is much saner and overall happier :slight_smile:

Another possibility is getting an M.B.A. and going into business. Many sorts of business jobs involve much talking and writing.

Since you already have your master’s in teaching, you might want to consider being a school librarian (sometimes called school media specialist.) You might need a few more courses to get your certification, but some states are in such desperate need to fill these positions they’ll take you on while you work toward the degree and since you’re already a teacher you probably wouldn’t have to do a practicum.

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