You love to teach and you love making a difference for kids. You can’t imagine working in any other field but education. But what happens when you start to feel burned out by the profession or want a different challenge? What other meaningful careers exist in education besides classroom teaching?

I’ve created this list of alternative careers for teachers based on what I’ve learned from the educators I interact with online and in ‘real life’.  I’m not saying the jobs are easy to find or obtain, and I’m also not promising that any of these jobs are an improvement on a classroom teacher’s salary—many will actually earn you less money. However, they are viable alternatives to being a classroom teacher that allow you to use your degree and experience to teach others and make a positive difference in their lives.

1. Teach GED or life skills courses in a prison or youth detention center.

The salary is usually lower than a classroom teacher’s, but every prison teacher I know is a former public school teacher who wouldn’t go back to his or her old position for a million bucks. Often they’re working only with inmates whowant to be in the classes, and since there are always deputies around, discipline and respect issues are nearly non-existent. Having done prison ministry in women’s jails for many years, I can vouch for the fact that teaching inmates is extremely rewarding, and you have the added bonus of knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of dozens of children by improving the future of their parents.

2. Start your own tutoring business.

Working for an established tutoring company usually doesn’t pay much, but if you build up your own clientele, you can make serious money. I know one educator who tutors children in small groups from 4-6 pm four days a week and makes more than she did as a classroom teacher. If you want help developing your own tutoring business, I highly recommend theTutor House and Teacher’s Guide to Tutoring —there are tons of great resources there.

3. Become a preschool, HeadStart, or daycare teacher.

Working with babies, toddlers, or preschoolers may be a good option for those who want to stay in a classroom teaching position but need a change from working with older children. You’re likely to have smaller class sizes and an assistant, and if you teach in a daycare, youmay get to leave in the evenings with little if any work to bring home. Typically you can expect early childhood positions to pay a lower salary than K-12 jobs, but not necessarily. I spent 3 years teaching at a HeadStart that was part of the local public school system, so I earned a regular teacher’s salary. It was a lot of work and the data and documentation for preschool/PreK/HeadSart often does rival that of the older grades, but it was extremely fun and rewarding, and a different type of challenge than teaching older kids.

4. Facilitate teacher training courses for a college or university.

You’ll need a doctorate to teach undergrad courses at most schools, but if you have a masters degree, you may be able to find work teaching at a community college. It’s also worth looking into online universities–just be sure to check out the compensation and make sure it’s worth your time, as some of them pay as little as $1,200 per semester-long course.

5. Teach home-bound kids.

Most public school systems have a small crew of teachers they call on to teach in the hospital rooms or homes of children who are gravely ill and unable to come to school. These educators often get paid a regular teacher’s salary but only work with kids one-on-one. I know of three teachers who have this job and LOVE it!

6. Become an instructor for online K-12 schools.

I’ve heard this is a competitive industry and it’s a tremendous amount of work, just like classroom teaching. However, the demand for online teachers grows every year, and it’s a terrific way to do what you love AND work from home.

7. Sell your teaching materials on TeachersPayTeachers.

You’ll need to have tons of original ideas, a talent for graphic design, and a passion for spending a LOT of time blogging, networking, and doing social media promotion. It’s no get-rich-quick scheme, for sure. But with a lot of hard work, you can join the ranks of a growing number of TPTers who are able to do it full time. If you’re not sure how to get started, check out Teaching Blog Traffic School.

8. Contract as a teacher for homeschool kids.

As more and more parents decide to homeschool, the market grows for specialists to teach the subjects parents cannot. I know of a group of homeschoolers who hire PE, art, and music teachers once a week to teach those subjects to their kids. Another homeschooler I know hires math and science teachers to instruct her children in the advanced concepts she is not comfortable teaching.

9. Become a nanny.

Several acquaintances of mine are former teachers in New York City who now work for extremely wealthy families and make a decent living. They enjoy being around kids and helping with homework/tutoring, and they get a few nice perks, like traveling with the children and parents on exotic vacations. The nanies who earn the most often have special education certification and work for the families of kids who have autism or disabilities.

10. Do educational consulting.

There are so many different avenues to explore: conduct professional development in local schools, do online webinars, work with teachers one-on-one through instructional coaching, etc. I’ve done (and continue to do) all of these things, both as an independent consultant and as a freelancer who works for an NYC-based consulting company. You can find more resources on theBecoming an Educational Consultant page or check out Educational Consulting School.

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11. Pursue non-classroom positions within the school system.

In addition to the obvious assistant principal and principal positions, you may be able to find an opening for a special education coordinator, guidance counselor, speech or occupational therapist, math or reading coach, school psychologist, Title 1 teacher, or central/district office roles (such as curriculum specialists.) Most of these jobs require special schooling and certification, but if you have a connection and know that a position will be opening up, you might want to pursue the additional training. I also know teachers who have gotten certified as speech pathologists and reading coaches and then re-located to other parts of the country to find a position. If the work is something you really feel passionate about doing, the move might be worth it!

12. Create curricular materials for an education company.

You know all of those wonderful websites, books, and teaching resources you use to enhance your teaching? Chances are, a team of current or former educators is working behind the scenes to design them. Some of these jobs are full time and some can be done online part time. Thispartial list of education companies that hire teachers can get you started.

13. Become a museum educator or guide at a local attraction.

Former teachers are highly sought after for these positions because they are excellent at managing large groups of children on field trips. Explore the children’s museums, historical sites, etc. that are near you.

14. Start your own after-school program or activities camp.

You can find work as a teacher or coordinator at an existing after school program to get your feet wet, then branch out and create your own business. I have a friend who founded his own company and now runs an after-school sports camp Monday through Thursday from 3-5. He rents out space at his school and makes excellent money teaching the kids how to play sports. I can imagine this would be possible with a variety of after-school activities, so if there’s something you love doing and sharing with kids, an after school program might be for you!

15. Look for random education opportunities in your local job listings–some of the coolest jobs are the ones that you didn’t even know existed!

I found the part-time Educational Editor position for BrainPOP Jr. on Craigslist back in 2009, and I’m still with the company today!  There are all sorts of organizations looking for experienced teachers to lend their expertise to products, blogs, seminars, and so on. I frequently see listings in New York for teachers to consult on curriculum development projects and grant-based work. There are also openings for hospital family education coordinators, technology trainers for local businesses, and other jobs that rely heavily on the speaking, presentation, interpersonal, and instructional skills that teachers bring to the table.  Go to Monster.com or another job listing site, choose ‘search by industry’, and select ‘education.’

Discussion

71 Comments

  1. Gretchen

    This fell into my inbox right when I needed it. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Adrianne Meldrum

    Thank you for sharing The Tutor House Angela! I would like to offer another option or two!

    Virtual Assistant Work:
    I’ve seen a dramatic increase in education based websites. Many of them have social media platforms that they need to keep up, but the creators of these sites struggle because they are not an educator and are unsure of the challenges teachers face. I recommend considering to pitch yourself as a virtual assistant and help education based companies get active on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and all of those other great interaction tools. In fact, a company that offers whiteboard software asked me this week if I knew any virtual assistants with tutor background!

    Work as a Corporate Trainer:
    Lots of companies need someone who is stellar at teaching and sharing a message about their company. Teachers make great presenters and can add real value to any company. I once went to a Constant Contact meeting where the representative had a teaching background.

    Thanks again!

  3. cathy

    I worked for a company called on location education. They hire certified teachers to go on site to theater productions or films to tutor kids in the production. I was the on-set tutor for a couple of kids in one of Ang Lee’s films. It was really interesting to be on a movie set. My name is even in the credits!

    • Jennifer

      Thank you for this information! It’s exactly what I’ve been interested in since theater work is my other job outside of teaching. I looked up the website and application but they didn’t seem to have too much info. Did you apply and learn the details later?

  4. Tagrid

    These are great ideas and resources. Thank you very much for sharing Angela.

  5. Linda Kardamis

    Great post! When I left teaching to stay home for a few years and raise my family, I thought I’d have to leave teaching behind. But that’s simply not the case anymore.
    Another great place to check out is Elance.com – they hire virtual freelance writers, and there are quite a few jobs for teachers – creating material for websites, textbooks, etc.
    I’ve been thrilled to be able to not only create math curriculum but also to start a blog for teachers (www.teach4theheart.com) and write a book for teachers.
    For anyone else who wants to stay home with their kids but doesn’t think they can make it work or thinks they’ll miss teaching too much, definitely take some of Angela’s ideas to heart. Yes, I miss teaching, but being able to stay home with my kids and still stay in tune with the education world is awesome! And so worth it.

    • Kindra A

      Linda – Elance looks promising. Would you mind giving me a bit more insight? I taught HS English for 14 years and LOVE writing, but outside of writing lesson plans and sample papers/poems/etc. I don’t really have any “sample work”. How easy was the process? Is it possible to make decent money? I’m not expecting to make what I did teaching – I’ve traded in my sanity for a steady paycheck and summer schedule! Any advice you could give would be great!
      Thanks,
      Kindra

      • Chris

        Kindra,

        I, too, taught HS English and left last year to start my own copywriting business. I’m not an expert, but I can definitely give you some direction regarding the questions you have here. For the sake of the comments section, I won’t go into a ton of detail, but it’s not as hard as you might think, especially with a writing background.

        Elance (and other freelancing sites) are a little like job boards. They have tendency to attract a lot of people you don’t want to associate yourself with. Lots of people over seas willing to work for a penny a word. You have much greater value than that.

        I’m happy to personally answer any questions you might have. Contact me at cooperchristopherj@gmail.com and we’ll talk more.

  6. Rachel

    Great list, thanks for sharing! This is also helpful if you live in an area where teaching jobs are hard to come by. I started my own tutoring business with the help of The Tutor House, and I also started selling on Teachers Pay Teachers. Yes it’s not the same as teaching in the classroom, but for now it still allows me to teach! 🙂

  7. Valerie Bastien

    Great ideas for people who love looking after kids and enjoyed sharing knowledge.

  8. Mindy

    Are there any opportunities for those of us who were never blessed with a classroom of our own? I’m in my late 40s, earned my Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction in 2011. Hiring in my community seems to be geared toward relatives & young teachers (even though I would cost the same and have worked 20+ years with children in schools and church work). I’ve dreamed of teaching since I was a young girl and being passed over has been devastating. My B.S. is in News-Editorial Journalism (writing/editing). Any suggestions any of you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

    • Angela Watson

      Hi, Mindy! I don’t think you need previous teaching experience to break into most of the fields above. It sounds like you have a great skill set!

    • Ms. Audain

      I was a substitute teacher for one year. I registered with 4 school districts and was able to work every day of the school year. I made great connections with teachers and principals. Additionally, when a position opens up, you have an advantage over other applicants.Many of the teachers in my district found positions this way. Good luck!

      • Katie F.

        Although I do agree about making connections as a per diem sub, I’ve been subbing for five years (after teaching full time for three years) and haven’t been able to get a job outside of long-term subbing. Districts want and need good subs and don’t seem to want to hire their good subs for full time jobs! This is so discouraging!

        • Mindy

          I noticed these replies this evening to my post from July 2014. Thanks for your replies. My teaching license ran out last month and I made the decision earlier this year to not take classes or other steps to renew. I had substituted 6 years and watching young recent grads waltz right into jobs without paying dues was just too much. I know I would have been a great teacher, but I am stuck living in an area where being in my late 40s is a death sentence for hiring. At some point, the burden of hope weighed heavier than my desperation to teach, and I walked away. Good luck to all of you and if you are blessed to get a classroom of your own, in spite of the trials, please enjoy and appreciate the opportunity that so many of us don’t get.

          • Nicole

            Hi Mindy,
            I came across your posts and they really spoke to me. It sounds like you faced some really tough obstacles, and maintained grace and positivity. I’m a believer that everything works out for the best so I have faith you’ll land in a wonderful job, whatever it may be, even if you can’t see it yet.

            Anyway, I’m a third-year teacher and find myself often thinking negatively about the demands of the job. Your message to appreciate the opportunity was exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you for the perspective.

  9. Jennifer

    Just what I needed right now…options! But my problem is that it is hard to find the same or similar amount of pay and benefits as teaching. This is what stops me each time.

    • Angela Watson

      It’s tough, isn’t it? I guess for some people, the stress of teaching gets to a level where the tradeoff is worth it.

  10. Stephanie Johnson

    Thanks so much for this page! Truly inspiring. It’s exactly what I need. Any advice on how I decide which alternative job is for? Should I get a masters?

    • Angela Watson

      Good question. What career most appeals to you?

      • Stephanie Johnson

        I’m really interested in working for a not for profit designing their education and community outreach stuff. How would you suggest I proceed? I am at a loss.

        • Angela Watson

          Hi, Stephanie! Start reaching out to organizations in your community online and see if there are ways to contribute. You may need to do some work as a volunteer at first and build up your resume.

  11. Kindra A

    Since I left teaching last year, I’ve been working as a nanny. It can be a great option! However, I’m still looking for something a bit more fulfilling and a place I can use my brains! It’s scary leaving a profession I stayed in for 14 years!

  12. Erika

    This is a good list. My problem has been how do I translate my 16 years as a special educator into marketable skills. I have worked from high school to 1st grade.

  13. Laura Sims

    I’m using my qualifications and passions as a former elementary school teacher to promote literacy and put amazing books in the hands of kids as an educational consultant with Usborne Books & More. I’m still pretty new at it, but this experience has been amazing so far! I feel like it’s a really good fit for a teacher – it uses my passion for great kids’ books, my organizational skills, my ability to match books with kids, and my communication skills.

    • Angela Watson

      Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Daina

    Thank you for great ideas. I am leaving my school at the end of the year in which I’ve taught for 15 years and I don’t know what else to do. I am hesitating to going back to the classroom because of the stress level and my health. The schools’ districts post only some openings for public knowledge. I would like to know where to go for openings that are not for classroom teachers? Any ideas on how to start a job hunt? thank you in advance.

    • Angela Watson

      Hi, Daina! Almost every job posting is on the internet now. You can set up saved searches in job hunting sites and have new listings emailed to you daily. That’s probably your best bet.

  15. K- anonymous

    I would like to see some jobs that are NOT education based. I don’t want to be a nanny or a daycare mom or a tutor. I would like to hear about other careers.

    • Angela Watson

      Hi, there! If you want to leave the field of education altogether, I’d say the sky is the limit for you. Think about what you’re most passionate about doing, and the aspects of teaching that appealed to you, and see if you can find overlap with those areas in another career. Teachers have incredibly diverse skill sets that can be a huge asset in almost any field.

  16. Maureen

    Hello Angela, your list of alternative to classroom teaching hit home with me as well. I am in a unique position that I do teach but, I teach fitness – Pilates Mat, Yoga, Strength, Indoor Cycling and Active Older Adults. My certifications are in these fitness disciplines, and I do have a B.S. degree, but not in education, it is in Graphic Design.

    I consider myself a good instructor, definitely have the innate ability to teach, and do prefer adults for that is my experience. So my question – do you have any other ideas for industries using my innate teaching skills where an Education degree is not needed.

    I am seeking to teach in other passions of mine, design/visual arts, Perennial Gardening – I am an avid gardener of 20 years and have a small Garden Design/Maintenance business.

  17. Eiam

    Hi, very informative thanks!.I’m a Filipino and have been an ESL teacher for 7 years. I finished Nursing but did not take the board exam. I want to work abroad. Despite my experience and my close to native English skill, I am still having difficulty finding jobs abroad. Any advice please.

  18. Lindsay

    Thank you for this list!
    I am ready for something new, but I still love kids and Special Education. I needed some help with where to look and your list has given me a good direction.

    • Avery Leigh

      Hi . I have been teaching Special Education for 11 years and do truly love working with the children and watching them grow, .However, over the past several years laws and expectations have changed so much that it is adversely affecting my state of mind and translates over to my home life. Not sure what to do…love kiddos and writing, as well as taking a leadership role, working cooperatively with others and starting new programs that benefit our families…where to go from here…help please!

  19. Tricia Barnes

    Hello. I have been a classroom teacher for 15 years and an Instructional Coach for 5. I’m about to hit the mid-forty range and am looking to transfer careers. I am a highly creative person who enjoys song writing. I have written school songs for both schools where I have worked, even 1 song picked up by Huntington Bank. I used creative songs a lot in my classrooms to get my students to retain information. I have a desire to go into jingle writing; even for schools. Any I ideas on how I can get started?

  20. David

    Hi,

    I was wondering if there is a community or professional contracting page that homeschooling parents use to contract their teachers when needed?

  21. Bekah

    Hi. I enjoy working with kids and this is only my 2nd year in the classroom. I find my stress levels are higher than they’ve ever been and it’s started affecting my health. I.e. panic attacks. Reading this gives me hope but I find myself still lost but with an urge for change. Thanks for this site and if anyone has any more guidance it will be greatly appreciated.

    • Erica

      Hi Bekah, I can totally relate. I had panic attacks so badly at the beginning of last school year, that I had to leave my position. I was picked up later in the year at a better school, and I loved it, but was let go at the end of the year. This Temporary Contract business that districts are shelling out are just so discouraging. And just searching this year for another teaching position has caused all sorts of anxiety for me. I have 5 years of teaching experience, and I’ve been subbing for this school year, but I find that it calms me. I am able to continue teaching, but I don’t have to deal with the lesson plans, conferences, meetings, and everything else that can induce stress. It definitely doesn’t pay as much as full-time teaching, which is why I’m seeking alternative employment, but if you can do with a lower pay-check, I definitely recommend subbing. Once you get known, you start getting jobs pre-arranged, and you can work almost every day, depending on the district. I actually work for two districts, so that keeps me busy. Best of luck to you!

    • Echo

      Oh my gosh, I am in my mid-40s, in my second year (well, third if you count the 1996-97 school year) and can totally relate! I have been having panic attacks and overwhelming stress ever since I returned to teaching. I’ve decided to leave the profession–again–after this school year because I feel like the stress will kill me! Anyway, best of luck to you. It’s too bad that so much beyond lesson prepping, teaching and grading is piled on to teachers that we have to leave in order to save our health. And that the parties responsible for the piling on to teachers think that there is no limit to what teachers can handle: just keep making jump through more and more hoops, pile it on!

  22. Sally

    Why did you leave teaching after only 11 years??

    • Angela Watson

      I got married and needed to relocate from FL to NY. This was in 2009 when the recession hit and NY was laying off teachers by the hundreds. It was impossible for someone from out of state like me to get a classroom position. I was fortunate to be offered part-time instructional coaching work, and the opportunities grew from there.

      The whole situation was just the push I needed to step out of my comfort zone and make a bigger impact on education. I love having the opportunity to help hundreds and even thousands of teachers, which means I’m helping tens of thousands of kids. Coaching teachers and providing support for them is really rewarding for me.

      • Noland

        Hello, I am currently an National Board educator in North Carolina and I am sure that everyone in the nation has been informed about the disarray our educational system has been in for the last six years. I have been in education in NC for 15 years now. I taught social studies for 10 years, was in administration for 4 years, and now I work on the district level. I was an excellent teacher with excellent test scores and classroom management. I had good rapport with my students, colleagues, and community. I do miss the impart I had on student success but there was little money for me to support my family by staying in the classroom. Honestly it is not much better in administration and/or central office. My wife is also a National Board teacher and feels very much the same way. Everyone nationwide is seeing how NC’s obsession with accountability met with low pay is driving our public education institutions into the dirt and our families, students, and educators are the victims. I now have former students who have less education than I possess making far more in salary than I am, with less stress. I want and need out of public education but have not been fortunate enough to land suitable employment. It is extremely frustrating and it is beginning to affect my personality and well being and I need a positive change. I can see myself working with teachers/educators in classroom management consulting and/or diversity training. I truly believe as any good educator that teaching and learning can only take place in a conducive learning environment. I have the background, experience, education, drive, and know how for success, but I feel that I am driving the “wrong vehicle” to get there. Any suggestions please!!

        • Angela Watson

          Hi, Noland! I really feel for your situation. I can relate to that feeling of knowing where you want to go, but driving the wrong vehicle to get there.

          Have you seen the Edupreneurs section of my website? https://cornerstoneold.wpengine.com/free-resources/edupreneurs You might find some helpful resources to get you started as an educational consultant. I’m not sure what the need/budget is for those services in NC, but it’s worth checking out. All the best to you!

        • CaringEducator

          Hi Noland,

          I completely understand your pain as I taught in North Carolina too. After the 5 year budget freeze, poor benefits, low income barely could get by though we have our masters, we decided that we had to stay goodbye to NC if we really wanted to save for our retirement and our children’s college. We moved to the suburbs Washington DC area. though, it’s not paradise and the pace is totally faster, we absolutely love it not only because of the income, but there’s so much more to do without spending much…Good luck!

          • sheryl c.

            I’m feeling just what you are saying. I’m in my 10th year of teaching in NC, with a Masters in Elem. Ed. At 55 years old, I’m not afraid to do something which will net my family more income; it’s crazy. I have a college aged student in NC and cannot move because he gets in-state tuition. Not sure what to do…I just need to be compensated for the value we have as teachers!

  23. Tessa

    This is a nice list for people who want to continue on a path that is still education-based, but few of these actually earn a viable living. The highest rate for tutoring in my area is $15 per hour. Preschool teachers here earn even less. Working with home-bound students or with curriculum is still regulated by our school board and cushy jobs like that go to the relatives of people on the school board. The nepotism in my area is so bad that in 25 years of teaching, I’ve yet to see someone outside of four “money” families work at the board office.
    Sorry to be negative but I was really hoping for a list of jobs outside of education that my teaching skills could translate to.

    • Chris

      I hear you Tessa! Teachers so often resign themselves to “alternative careers” within education. I successfully started a copywriting business and I just spoke with a friend/former teacher who is very happy in his 4th year of med school. Both of us considered the “consulting” path before we realized we needed to think bigger. The reality is that your skill set is highly desired and transferable. Hang in there. You’ll figure it all out. If you’d like to talk more, I’m happy to help.

    • Angela Watson

      I agree that it’s very difficult to find a high-paying job in the education field. Sad, isn’t it? My hope is that this post is helpful for those who want to continue making a difference for kids and are looking at different options. I’ll see if I can work on a post over the summer about other non-education-related careers teachers could earn more money in doing. I’ll have to do some research on that, though, as I don’t have much experience in that area.

  24. Kathy

    I have been teaching for 25 years and recently have been desperately waiting for retirement. Well my district pushed that forward for me. I want to continue working but not in a school district. The stress and negativity in the education field has made me doubt my abilities and I don’t know where to even begin looking. I have 4 master degrees (exercise physiology, math education, administration and ESL) plus I am a National Board Certified teacher in adolescent science.

    • Lynn S

      Doubt your abilities? Wow, you sound highly qualified to me. You obviously are very intelligent. Unlike you, I have 4 years left until retirement is possible. Not sure if I can make it. This old dog is having trouble keeping up with new tricks.

      • carolyn

        I’m with you. After 10 years of teaching I’m feeling less confident now than I did years ago. There are days where I can barely face the thought of going in the next day, much less consider more years teaching. It’s not the pay; I’m actually okay with the salary. For some reason I’m feeling stressed out in class and can’t seem to get my groove this year. I have officially begun a search for careers outside of teaching.

  25. Kendra

    I agree that if I am going to leave the classroom, I would just as soon leave education all together and do something different. I just can’t begin to think of what other jobs to look at or what I’m qualified for. I’m also concerned about my age (50) and whether companies will take on a worker with no experience in their industry.

  26. Lynn

    Great List – In need of some ideas for alternative careers in education – I’m a 12 year experienced classroom teacher looking to make a change – too much stress in the classroom nowadays, but I want to stay in education – any ideas and suggestions are/would be appreciated; I also have a background in graphic design. I’m in Indiana. Thank You.

  27. Brownin329

    Could you give one example of an alternative job for people who DON’T want to teach anywhere anymore? This whole list was teaching jobs for teachers who want to remain in teaching???

    • Chris

      I know this is a cliche at this point, but you can literally do anything. Teaching gives you an amazing skillset. I used to be an English teacher and left to start a copywriting business. Depending your your interests, the sky is the limit.

    • Angela Watson

      All of the jobs in the post are within the field of education, because the post is called “15 rewarding jobs in education.” But I did give multiple examples in the post of non-teaching jobs: selling your curriculum materials, nannying, educational consulting, pursuing non-classroom positions within the school system such as the district office, random education opportunities in your local job listings such as educational editors, etc.
      What kind of suggestions are you looking for? I’ll see what I can find for you.

  28. DS

    I also had a good experience with ‘On Location Education.’ But they actually found me elsewhere. When I graduated college I wasn’t ready to join a regular classroom. Since I wanted to travel my original thought was to go abroad but at the time in order to teach in Australia or England you needed five years experience. I wasn’t ready to go out of the country and teach in a country that didn’t know the language. Then I found out that a lot of migrant and carnival companies hire teachers to support their staff on the road. For two years they gave me a motorhome to live in, I towed my own car behind it , and I had a full pull out trailer that open to a regular size classroom. It was a very rewarding experience because not only did I work with the adults that worked and needed an educator but also their PreK-12 children. It was an amazing way to see the United States and they treated me very fairly (Contrary to what we see in the media about carnivals.)

    • Jennifer

      Thanks for this additional information about “On Location Education”. I wanted to travel as well, to anywhere and everywhere, but I also need to have an income so I started teaching as soon as I graduated. After 8 years of teaching, I really need a change and still want to see the world. My main concern is pay and benefits/insurance. Is the pay decent? Are there benefits/insurance? Thanks in advance for your time and help!

  29. Tim

    I left teaching and started out as an Educational Consultant. I sort of fell into running Minecraft Camps for kids. After over 2 years it is a full blown business. I now have an incredible Camp Leader program and am finding a lot of teachers are taking it up as an option – makes sense. It is a rewarding gig in many ways.

    • Chris

      Tim, I’d love to know more about your camps and your story about how you made it a full time gig. Would you be willing to connect? If so, email me at cooperchristopherj@gmail.com.

  30. Brenda Willis

    Hi, international teaching offers lots of opportunities for teaching and gives you the opportunity to travel as well. I taught in Taiwan and Thailand for 9 years. Benefit packages are pretty good. Most pay your airfare and relocation costs to get there and home again at the beginning and end of contract, which are usually two years. Some pay airfare every year to travel home in the summer, take care of housing expenses, pay well, and offer professional development allowances. I loved having students from so many different countries, as well as, working with teachers from around the globe. It was a time in my life I will never forget. I just returned to PA to be closer to our parents and two sons. Two of our three boys graduated from an international school in Taiwan and loved it! Third son wanted to, also, but is happy and settling into his American high school. Most schools also offer tuition free education for at least two children of full-time teaching staff. Their are opportunities everywhere!! I have friends whom I worked with working in so many different countries now and loving each new and exciting opportunity. Just another option for teachers looking for teaching jobs, pre-k-12, counseling, administrative, learning support, educational coaches, and more but can’t find them here. I got lucky to be offered a part-time permanent position at the high school where my son is now, but I’m also looking for something that allows me to put my diverse skill-set of a teacher to use in order to help children and families. Thanks, Angela, for giving so many wonderful ideas to think about. Wishing you all the very best!!

    • Jen

      Hi Brenda,
      Where would you suggest starting the search process for teaching abroad?
      Thanks!
      Jen

  31. Catherine

    So many of these stories are similar to mine! Absolutely LOVED teaching for 12 years before leaving the country to do missionary work…and now that I’ve returned after 8 years, I feel like so much has changed. 🙁 Not that fun anymore with all the state mandates and changes to education, in general. This is my third year back in the classroom and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it to the end of the year! I like the tutoring idea but not sure if that is feasible financially…and thinking about working year-round for less pay in any other field is so discouraging. 🙁 Thank you for the list…I’ll keep searching!

  32. Catherine

    I would be very interested in starting an afterschool tutoring/sports camp program. Does anyone have any idea about the cost of liability insurance for something like that? Any other advice from someone who has done this?

    • Chris

      Hey Catherine,
      My wife just launched a preschool gymnastics program at a local school here in Denver, so we just went through this. She was able to find a group who insures gymnastics programs, specifically, and it runs about $1600 yearly.

  33. Catherine

    Chris,
    Thanks for the quick reply! This idea intrigues me because it is something that my husband and I could do together. I am a National Board Certified Teacher with my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and have taught in the same district for 15 years. My husband has played/coached all sports and is an excellent with kids of all ages. Combining our talents to help kids excel in academics and athletics sounds like a perfect fit…just not sure where to start! Did your wife encounter any legal issues in starting her program?

    • Chris

      Catherine,
      I don’t want to hijack this thread with our conversation 🙂 My email address is cooperchristopherj@gmail.com. Let’s talk more there!

  34. Teacher1

    Half of these “non-teaching” ideas are teaching.

  35. Kelli

    Hello Angela! I’ve enjoyed the information from your website for awhile from overseas! I’m an American teacher and have been working as an English Coordinator (Year 5 & 6 English, History, Geography and Intervention Teacher) for a small private school in England the past few years. I also taught in Australia for awhile at a government English language school for new arrivals (refugees & immigrants), in addition to several years of teaching in my native Arizona.
    My husband I are looking to move back to the States soon to be closer to my family (no city picked yet) and I have no idea what direction to go in! Reading Intervention only? Tutoring? Tutoring new arrivals? Setting up partnerships with schools and retired folks that will listen to young readers? Private school? International school? I wonder if I’ve overlooked anything?! All I know is that I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with small class sizes, less testing (love the UK!), and focusing on only a couple subjects. I have also had it with colleagues that don’t pull their weight… so the next place I work has to have an organized administration with inspiring and passionate teachers.
    I would love any insight you may have. I probably need to start creating a list…it seems I just did : ). Thank you so much for this post. It’s really got me thinking.

    • Jen

      Kelli,
      How did you begin your search process for teaching in the UK and Australia?
      How does the salary and benefits compare to the cost of living?
      TIA!
      Jen

  36. Madeira

    I have a degree in teaching. I have taught for three years. I want a change into the business world. possible?

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