Today, teaching jobs take many forms outside of a K-12 classroom. Educate yourself on a new career plan.
Jon Simmons, Monster contributor
If your friends turn to you for advice, or if you have a knack for breaking down complicated concepts and making them easy to understand, teaching jobs might take your career to the head of the class.
But you don’t necessarily have to seek out traditional education jobs in a school system—your options are much broader than that. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Monster found 10 jobs for people who were born to teach.
What you’d do: As a career coach, you’ll work with students and young professionals (most likely through an independent company or at a high school or college) to recommend career paths based on individuals’ interests and skills. Oftentimes you’ll also recommend further education programs, such as which colleges or advanced degree programs students should apply to and which courses they should take in order to get the required training for their chosen career.
What you’d need: To work in a public school or university, career coaches are usually required to obtain a master’s degree in school counseling. You may also need certification in career coaching, workforce development, or adult counseling.
What you’d make: $54,560 per year
What you’d do: Sometimes companies will hire experts to train staff members—that’s where corporate trainers come in. Whether it’s sales, product marketing, or something else, corporate trainers teach modern best practices to company employees.
What you’d need: On top of a bachelor’s degree, corporate trainers need lots of experience in the subject they’re teaching. For example, if you’re training a company sales team on how to conduct sales meetings, having years of sales experience in the field will help tremendously.
What you’d make: $105,830 per year
What you’d do: You’d make bad doggies into good boys. Dog trainers teach unruly (or just a bit too enthusiastic) young pups discipline, such as how to heel and sit.
What you’d need: Not only will you be interacting with dogs, you’ll be interfacing with their owners, so good human communication skills are also necessary for this job. No formal education is required, but you might have to pass a background check depending on the company.
What you’d make: $22,230 per year
What you’d do: Learning to drive can be nerve-wracking. Driving instructors teach students how to safely operate vehicles (usually cars), inspiring confidence and good driving habits. You’ll be facilitating classroom instruction as well as sitting next to new drivers as they take the wheel.
What you’d need: Safety is paramount for driving instructors. That’s why having a clean driving record is a must (and of course, a valid driver’s license).
What you’d make: $55,730 per year
What you’d do: Nurse educators serve to inspire those interested in pursuing nursing as a career, providing training and promoting discussion among students. You’ll teach topics like pharmacology and community health.
What you’d need: To become a nurse educator, you’ll need a bachelor’s of science degree, a state nursing license as a registered nurse, and depending on the job, you might also need a Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Certification or an Advanced Life Support Provider Certification. You’ll also need to pass the National League for Nursing (NLN) certification exam. Of course, to teach students about nursing you’ll also have to have actual experience experience as a nurse (usually in a clinical environment).
What you’d make: $75,030 per year
What you’d do: Everyone has different health goals, and nutritionists can help achieve them—whether it’s losing weight, gaining weight, or something else entirely. As a nutritionist, you’ll personalize meal plans and help clients stick to them.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, clinical nutrition, public health nutrition, or a related area is common. Most states also require nutritionists and dietitians to get a license. Check out the Commission on Dietetic Registration to see if your state is on there.
What you’d make: $58,920 per year
What you’d do: Pick things up and put them down. Personal trainers help their trainees accomplish personal fitness goals, whether that’s working one-on-one or in small classes.
What you’d need: Most personal trainers are certified in their speciality. For example, yoga instructors might get a license from the Yoga Alliance. Generally, to get certified in your discipline you’ll also need to have CPR certification.
What you’d make: $38,160 per year
What you’d do: From baseball and basketball to football and fencing, the sports world will always need coaches. As a sports coach you’ll teach sports-specific skills like proper free-throw technique in basketball, but also life lessons like sportsmanship and teamwork.
What you’d need: Beyond knowing the rules of the game and having a strong desire to teach, sports coaches often need to pass background checks (especially at high school and college levels), as well as have first aid and CPR certificates.
What you’d make: $31,460 per year
What you’d do: Technical instructors provide a variety of training in fields such as auto repair, healthcare, culinary science, and more. You’d be designing curricula, encouraging class discussion, and teaching technical skills to students (for auto repair tech instructors, that might be how to fix a damaged car frame or replace a tire).
What you’d need: Depending on the state, technical instructors might need a state-issued certification. On top of that, a bachelor’s degree and experience in the field are must-haves.
What you’d make: $54,020 per year
What you’d do: Tutors work one-on-one and in small groups, helping students learn a variety of subjects such as math, science, or English.
What you’d need: Tutors must be highly knowledge in the subject they’re tutoring. For example, if you’re a college math major, tutoring calculus with high school students might be a great fit.
What you’d make: $25,410 per year
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