Elementary School Teacher

Kaylyn Barber

Nature of the Job

- Prepare younger students for the future by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading

- Serve as the base of students' schooling.

Work Environment

They might work in public or private schools and majority of their hours are when students are present. Almost all of their work time is spent in the classroom, but they may be using other time without students to prepare lessons and activities.

Becoming a Teacher

Elementary school teachers must have at least a bachelor’s degree and public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.


The median annual wage for elementary school teachers was $53,400 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Elementary school teachers is projected to grow 12% from 2012 to 2022, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. It is expected to grow due to increases in enrollment as well as declines in student–teacher ratios. However, employment growth will vary by region.

Similar Occupations

- childcare workers

- middle school teachers

- teacher assistants

- school counselors

- special education teachers.