25 Highest Paying Alternative Careers for Teachers

Despite the fact that teacher burnout is a very real phenomenon that results in the departure of thousands of teachers each year, many of the skills acquired in education degree programs and on the job can be transferred to alternative careers. Indeed, a teacher is a combination of a project manager, human resources representative, life coach, motivational speaker, and creative entrepreneur. Simply having a bachelor’s degree in education does not imply that teaching is the only career path available to you. Indeed, there are numerous excellent career opportunities for teachers, whether they are interested in climbing the corporate ladder or exploring opportunities in fields other than education.

Teachers’ second careers can take on a variety of forms. For some, this entails a complete career change away from education, which includes looking for teacher jobs outside of education. For others, it will entail returning to school to earn a higher degree – such as a Doctor of Education – and transitioning into administration. Teachers may pursue additional certifications in psychology or counseling to advance their careers as career counselors. As education consultants, some teachers can earn significantly more. A career change away from teaching may simply entail further immersion in the world of education.

The editors of CollegeRanker compiled this ranking of the highest-paying alternatives to teaching, with an emphasis on jobs that require teachers’ unique skills, knowledge, and experience. Careers are ranked according to their average annual salary, as determined by current Payscale data.


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If you enjoy assisting children in learning and are ready to advance your career by looking for jobs in education fields other than teaching, it may be time to step up and become an administrator. As an administrator, you may be responsible for a single aspect of your school or district’s success (such as operations, instruction, or culture), or for several. Throughout the day, an administrator wears a variety of hats, from meeting with parents to assisting teachers in refining their instructional approach. If you are transitioning to administration at a school where you previously taught as a classroom teacher, you have the advantage of knowing the families and employees on a personal level, which will earn you instant respect as you take on your new role.

While the requirements for school administrators vary by state and whether the position is in a public or private school, the majority of administration positions require a master’s or doctoral degree in addition to principal certification. You can expect to earn between $88,000 and $118,000 per year as a school administrator.

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