4 Jobs for Teachers Who Leave the Profession

About Franchesca Warren

For fifteen years Franchesca taught English/Language Arts in two urban districts in Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee. Increasingly frustrated with decisions being made about public education from people who were not in the classroom, in 2012 she decided to start a blog about what it was really like to teach in public schools. In the last four years, The Educator's Room has grown to become the premiere source for resources, tools, and strategies for all things teaching and learning. To learn more about Franchesca Warren's work, please visit www.franchescalanewarren.com.

No teacher enters the profession thinking that there will be a day when they can no longer be in front of children. Many new teachers hope to teach into retirement while others hope to last at least twenty years changing children’s lives. However, the grim reality is that in 2016 very few teachers last in public education until retirement. Some teachers leave for careers with more capacity to earn money, while others succumb to the stress that public teachers experience on a daily basis. Whatever the reason for a teacher leaving, there’s always the same question when they decide not to sign their contract- What will I do next?

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While some opt to go and earn another degree to transition into another career, there are others who are able to successfully transition into careers who LOVE teachers.

Instructional Technology Specialist 

With the boom of technology in education, the time has come where there are a plethora of jobs for people who are familiar with the K-12  and who have the knack for technology. Some of these positions are in schools while others are in major corporations. The job description includes (but is not limited to):

• consulting with faculty about teaching and learning goals for courses and help faculty choose and implement the instructional and classroom technologies best suited to meet the identified needs and goals.

• developing project plans for implementing a range of instructional technologies in a course.

• evaluating new and emerging technologies and their ability to meet both teaching and learning needs, and collaborate with faculty and staff to expand educational technology initiatives such as flipped classrooms/blended learning, iPads for teaching and learning, and active learning classrooms.

• planning, organizing, and leading workshops for faculty and students in the use of specific instructional technologies.

According to Salary.com, the median salary starts at $52, 409 and job environments can range from colleges to Fortune 500 companies.  While this job is usually not working with students, it will allow you to use your communication skills learned from the classroom to have meetings with stakeholders and co-workers about strategies to connect technology  to their job.

 Corporate Trainer 

The ability to think on your feet and deliver information to a crowd is nothing new to teachers. However, what if I told you that there is a profession other than teaching where you can do the same? According to Wikipedia, the job of a corporate trainer is  to help improve the performance skills (soft, people or hard skills)  of the employees of a corporation.  The job description of a corporate trainer can range from: 

• delivering classroom training and WebEx training for sales and sales support teams

•assisting in the coordination and delivery of new hire training programs, including some coaching and training on certain topics and tasks

• designing, developing and delivering a sales training program within assigned sales region

• collaborating with sales leadership to identify, recommend, and implement training solutions that maximize organizational efficiencies and performance

• focusing on newly hired sales and sales support teams aligned with the On-Boarding Program with topics

According to Indeed.com, the average salary is $54,000 and  most corporate trainers work in Corporate America.  Most work in an environment where they are delivering what teachers know as professional development, and helping employees understand training solutions within the company.

Learning Consultant 

The job of a learning consultant is as varied as the company hiring for position. In short the Learning Consultant designs and deploys the global learning competency/behavior based roadmap for employees and leaders at all levels aligned with the Learning & Organizational Development Center’s strategy. The job description of a learning consultant consists of:

• designing learning roadmap based on core and key competencies/behaviors to accelerate employee’s and organizational performance aligned with short and long term business goals

• building a global learning platform and solutions that takes into consideration a variable expense model through vendors and internal solutions
 • developing processes and infrastructure to ensure that the learning is applied and provides a measurable return on the investment tied to higher business results and employee engagement
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According to Indeed.com, the average salary for a learning consultant is $84,000 per year! Some companies ask people in these positions to have a degree in Human Resources, while others require you to have a degree in education or business.

4.  Instructional Designer

An Instructional Designer is someone who is the practice of creating instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing.This  process consists broadly of determining the current state and needs of the learner, defining the end goal of instruction, and creating some “intervention” to assist in the transition. The job description of an Instructional Designer is to:

• working collaboratively with faculty and instructional designers, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to produce engaging online courses.

• providing curriculum design, development and launch support for all electronically delivered classes

• providing  technical assistance and resources for faculty in using/maximizing electronic platforms in use for online courses; converts hard copy instructional materials (Word, PowerPoint, images, video, audio, etc.) to effective electronic format appropriate to enhance student learning

• creating, altering and maintaining websites used with respect to specific programs
Now you tell us of any jobs that would be good for former teachers!

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About the Author:

For fifteen years Franchesca taught English/Language Arts in two urban districts in Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee. Increasingly frustrated with decisions being made about public education from people who were not in the classroom, in 2012 she decided to start a blog about what it was really like to teach in public schools. In the last four years, The Educator's Room has grown to become the premiere source for resources, tools, and strategies for all things teaching and learning. To learn more about Franchesca Warren's work, please visit www.franchescalanewarren.com.

14 Comments

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  2. Carrie May 8, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

    I have applied to everything possible in the last 5 years to leave teaching. I have not had one single phone call or interview.

    • Anthonette May 8, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Same here. Trying to get out for the last two years, applying to all jobs with these titles and getting NO response.

      • Franchesca Warren May 8, 2016 at 11:41 pm - Reply

        Have you had a professional look at your resume? What about revising your resume to fit the job description of the position you’re applying for?

      • chris October 19, 2016 at 7:44 pm - Reply

        same here. been trying for five years. nothing.

    • Kim July 24, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Instead of just looking to leave, put yourself in a better position to leave. I have an instructional technology specialist and I LOVE it! But before I got it, I did things that help build my resume to get there. For instance, I presented at PDs at my school. I volunteered to help rewrite the curriculums when they asked for teacher feedback (ended up getting paid for it). I joined groups that gave me leadership opportunity so people would know my skills. I looked for contract work that allowed me to sharpen theses skills and build my resume so when I applied for a new job, I did have some solid part-time experience in the field. Also modifiing your resume to fit what they ask for in the job description. Use powerful resume words. If you would like to discuss more, feel free to email me at kimberlyscott05@gmail.com

  3. Kevin cauto June 1, 2016 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Teaching is a good profession it has a vast attributions & being a perfect teacher has most significance through this we can guide children’s in right way.This is a lovely website.Thanks for sharing.

  4. Mark August 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I have found that many businesses don’t hire former teachers because they assume teaching is an easy job and that teachers have no “real” transferable skills. It is unfortunate that assumptions are the roadblocks to entering a different field

  5. This Sucks October 18, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I have been teaching design tech in both America and abroad for over 15 years. I graduated from a top institution and am still unable to get out of teaching after sending 100s of resumes.

  6. DestiNova December 11, 2016 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Hi, If you want out of teaching, you are at a school right? You get paid. Spend some of that money on another degree or get a specialty. I have a social science degree and for 10 years it was almost worthless. The only reason a social science degree holder is even thought of today is because of the expansion of the developmentally delayed population. I substituted and para ed for two years and loved it. Life isn’t that long, enjoy that you have a job and are in the helping community. Coding and computer tech is where it’s at, take courses at your local college. @ This Sucks, my nephew got a two year degree in computer tech and has been making over $20 an hour for more than 15 years now. You should be able to get a computer tech job easy. You could start your own computer tech store. My nephew said he could for only 20k for start-up. The guy he works for makes over 60 an hour. Big companies pay big bucks for tech help. And yes, rewrite your resume and use as little format as possible. Good luck everyone and wish me a little luck also, I am unemployed at the moment kkkkkk

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