The Pros and Cons of Being a Teacher

Posted On March 18,2019

The Pros and Cons of Being a TeacherMany young people dream of growing up to be just like their favorite teacher. Why not? Teaching is one of the most important professions in the world. Women and men who choose to tackle a classroom full of four, five, and six year olds are shaping the future. Sure, it’s rewarding and you get loads of respect. But, often you must take the good with the bad. Here is a look at some of the pros and cons of being a teacher.


You make a difference

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Teachers are heroes to many kids. They are there when a student has an a-ha moment and learns something new for the very first time. As a teacher, you get to experience groundbreaking moments with them. You can feel their joy as they learn to read, write, and tie their shoes.

Every day brings something new

Each day is filled with unique experiences. Every day will bring about a new development, new challenges and something to laugh at. Curious kids are hilarious and you never know what they will say next.

You learn something, too

Reactions of students help teachers think about how to improve and become a better teacher. There are many methods and techniques teachers can try. If one doesn’t work, you can move on to another.

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Job security

Teachers are always needed. Job growth in early childhood education is expected to increase 8% by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some school districts are already finding it hard to fill open positions they already have.

Time off

Can you say summer vacation? It’s no secret that teachers get summers off as most school years run 180 classroom days. In addition, teachers get days off almost every month for federal holidays and spring break, not to mention over the winter holiday.


Bodily fluids

Those who can’t handle cleaning up after sick kids need not apply. The gross-out factor is real. Runny noses and potty problems are a fact of life when working with young children. Many teachers don’t plan to start their days cleaning up after a kid with an upset stomach, but it happens. If the thought of this makes you queasy, teaching may not be the right job for you.


Unfortunately, even though teaching is an important job, it doesn’t pay well. The average salary of a specialist in early childhood education is about $35,000.

Summer vacation

Yes, we mentioned this was a pro, but for some this fact of the job can be a con as well. Most teachers are only paid during the months school is in session. That means, while you might get eight weeks off, you aren’t getting paid, and may have to get financially creative during these unpaid months.

Now that you’ve weighed the pros and cons, does teaching seem like a good fit for you? If so, contact Athena Career Academy. Our Early Childhood Education program will teach you how to educate, encourage, use positive guidance, and inspire children from birth to age eight. Call 419-329-4075 to start on the path to your new career.

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