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What Does it Take to Be an Elementary School Teacher?

Occupation Description Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

A Day in the Life of an Elementary School Teacher

  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

Qualities of an Elementary School Teacher

These are the skills Elementary School Teachers say are the most useful in their careers:

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Types of Elementary School Teacher

  • Educator
  • Teacher
  • Physical Fitness Teacher
  • Art Educator
  • Montessori Teacher

Are There Job Opportunities for Elementary School Teachers?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 1,410,900 jobs in the United States for Elementary School Teacher. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 104,000 new jobs for Elementary School Teacher by 2026. There will be an estimated 112,800 positions for Elementary School Teacher per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Elementary School Teacher are Utah, Nevada, and Texas. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Connecticut, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Elementary School Teachers Make A Lot Of Money?

The salary for Elementary School Teachers ranges between about $37,780 and $95,270 a year.

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Elementary School Teachers who work in California, New York, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Elementary School Teachers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $49,850
Alaska $74,070
Arizona $44,430
Arkansas $48,560
California $80,100
Colorado $53,400
Connecticut $75,480
Delaware $63,040
District of Columbia $79,480
Florida $50,070
Georgia $56,360
Hawaii $61,240
Idaho $48,990
Illinois $62,140
Indiana $52,360
Iowa $54,500
Kansas $51,020
Kentucky $53,830
Louisiana $48,740
Maine $53,570
Maryland $71,060
Massachusetts $82,600
Michigan $66,180
Minnesota $64,950
Mississippi $43,860
Missouri $49,860
Montana $52,360
Nebraska $57,490
Nevada $56,970
New Hampshire $58,230
New Jersey $70,660
New Mexico $55,390
New York $83,010
North Carolina $46,500
North Dakota $55,860
Ohio $62,430
Oklahoma $40,450
Oregon $67,910
Pennsylvania $66,860
Rhode Island $71,990
South Carolina $51,240
South Dakota $43,140
Tennessee $52,610
Texas $56,520
Utah $59,880
Vermont $62,430
Virginia $67,610
Washington $65,180
West Virginia $44,890
Wisconsin $56,770
Wyoming $58,940

What Tools do Elementary School Teachers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Elementary School Teachers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Graphics software
  • Blackboard
  • Children’s educational software

Becoming an Elementary School Teacher

Education needed to be an Elementary School Teacher:

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What work experience do I need to become an Elementary School Teacher?

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Where do Elementary School Teachers Work?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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