Teachers have the chance to spark a love of learning in young minds, influence the next generation and make an impact that will last a lifetime.
While most people who want to become a teacher will end up in front of a classroom full of kids, there are other roles for people who love to teach others.
Here are four possibilities to consider:
Tutors are instructors who typically get to work one-on-one or with students or in small groups.
Some focus on one subject such as math, English or reading, while others, especially those at the higher levels of academia, might concentrate on a highly specialized topic.
Other types of tutors might help students prepare for an important test like the SAT, ACT or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Or they might assist students in studying for a licensing or certification exam like the Certified Public Accountant credential for accounting professionals or the bar exam for aspiring lawyers.
The education tutors need may vary by level. Those who are teaching elementary students might only need an associate’s degree; those tutoring college students might be better served with a master’s.
According to Payscale.com, tutors made an average hourly salary of $17.92 as of May 2020. Private tutors with a little more experience did better, bringing home $24.90 per hour.
Museum Tour Guide
Museum tour guides have the chance to educate the public on a specialized topic by leading tours, hosting workshops and answering questions.
Because there are so many types of museums, tour guides might specialize in art (or even one genre within art), history, paleontology, geology, or astronomy.
Some could specialize even more by working at a museum that covers the funky, odd or macabre; places like the Idaho Potato Museum, the International Spy Museum or the National Museum of Funeral History.
The education required for this position may vary, but most museum workers benefit from a bachelor’s degree and some training in the field in which they intend to work (history, for example).
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), museum tour guides fall under the Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers category. The BLS reported in 2019 that these professionals made a median salary of $49,850 per year.
Job growth is expected to be strong, as well. Between 2018 and 2028, jobs in this category are expected to grow by 9%, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
School librarians, also referred to as school media specialists, are charged with managing libraries within elementary, middle and high schools.
They keep everything orderly, help students find materials, teach students how to use the library and they may lead storytimes or organize fun learning events for younger students.
School librarians also help teachers develop lesson plans and find materials for classroom instruction.
Librarians typically need a master’s degree and librarians who work in school libraries often need a teaching certification, though requirements for teacher certification can vary by state.
The BLS’s numbers in 2019 indicate that librarians who work in state, local and private elementary and secondary schools made a median annual salary of $60,780. This field is expected to add 8,500 jobs between 2018 and 2028, which represents a growth of 6%.
Many companies across the country employ teachers to help train employees in a wide variety of topics.
For instance, one business might bring in a teacher to help workers improve their written communication and another might hire someone to help employees understand the intricacies of tax compliance.
These corporate trainers might devise lesson plans, lead in-person classes, hold workshops and assess employees’ progress.
Many corporate trainers have at least a bachelor’s degree in education, business or communications, but other degrees might work as well, given the diversity of companies’ needs in this department.
There are also corporate trainer certifications that the professionals can acquire to demonstrate their proficiency in the industry. Certification generally involves taking a course or two, absorbing the materials and passing a certification exam.
Corporate trainers made an average annual salary of $55,838 as of May 2020. Experienced corporate trainers brought home a little more — $61,874 per year.