Teaching for the future: Education Industry update, 2014

Teaching for the future: Education Industry update, 2014

Every place on earth has schools. With schools comes the demand for teachers, non-teaching staff, support staff, qualified educationists, policymakers, learning content developers, and more. Regardless of temporary economic conditions, hiring practices, budget cuts or any other factors that impact the education system, the need for teachers and educationists is timeless and universal.

Modern educational institutions no longer just want someone who is an excellent lecturer. Schools are looking for dynamic, knowledgeable educators who are attuned to the needs of individual students. In several places around the world, however, the supply of teachers is failing to keep pace with the demand for education.

Children in school

A UNESCO study has shown that, currently, 58% of countries worldwide do not have enough teachers in their classrooms. To achieve universal primary education by 2015, an estimated 1.6 million additional teachers will be needed. This gap will rise to 3.3 million by 2030. Of these, the African sub-continent and the Arab States are facing the most acute insufficiency of teachers.

At the same time, lower secondary education worldwide continues to grow. Enrolments have surged to 82%, and this requires a greater number of subject-specific teachers and longer instruction time. To close this gap, many countries have increased recruitment. This trend is set to continue over the next decade.

If you have been educated in the West, teaching English abroad is one of the most lucrative career options for you. The best countries for an English teacher are Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Chile, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Thailand, Colombia, Brazil and China. There are plenty of opportunities for teaching English in these booming economies which offer competitive salaries, job security and lots of adventure.


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The other countries that teachers and educators should target in their job search are:

UAE/ Dubai

The UAE attracts foreign investments and private organisations to its education sector; the effort in recent years has been to improve the quality of education available to citizens and expats in the country. The market size of the education sector is US $7.3 billion and 24% of total government expenditure in the UAE is earmarked for the development of education.

Within the UAE, Dubai has a huge population of expats – in fact, 95% of the total population comprises expats – whose demand for quality schools and universities is driving the sector. At the same time, the government push toward higher-level training is also creating jobs for trainers and educationists. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) estimates an additional 90000 seats will be required in primary and secondary schools, within the next 5 years. As the number of pupils grows, schools that offer UK and Indian curriculum are facing a tight squeeze where availability of teachers, instructors and support staff is concerned.

Dubai, UAE

Also, apart from schools, a number of companies are training promising candidates for various job roles. For example, the UK-based Heriot-Watt University recently started the second phase of its £16.9m Dubai campus where it offers several energy-focused courses, among others. In coming years, both private schools and higher education institutions are set to benefit from increased demand for their services.

As a result, there is growing demand for qualified teachers and university professors, technical trainers, curriculum development experts, support staff, special education trainers, administrators with experience of working in large and small educational institutions, learning development experts, subject matter experts, soft skills trainers, English language instructors, and more.

United States

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of teachers is expected to grow by 13% until 2018. We can expect 500,000 teachers to be hired for kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools in the country. There is a great demand for teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education across the board.

Increasing trends in immigration have introduced several students into the system for whom English is not the first language. This has sparked demand for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL).

New York City, USA

United Kingdom

Nearly every three out of four local education institutes in England are experiencing a teacher shortage, and are struggling to find suitably qualified staff. The shortage is most acute for math and modern languages teachers. The National College for Teaching and Leadership has introduced a £4,000 ‘golden hellos’ scheme to fight this shortage. The Department for Education and Employment has also introduced performance-related pay, which gives good teachers an immediate £2,000 pay increase. All postgraduate trainee teachers get a weekly stipend of £150, while those training to teach shortage subjects get an additional £4,000.

London, UK


Alberta in Canada is increasing its education budget to accommodate the booming student population, and to prepare for growth. In 2014, Alberta’s education system support will reach CAD 7.4 billion, an increase of CAD 186 million. As the government continues to plan for the future of education, it will maintain and enhance existing school infrastructure, spending CAD 37 million each day Alberta students are in school.

Saskatooon, Canada

Careers in education

Compensation for teachers is typically based on years of experience and educational level, and can vary greatly according to company and industry. Salaries and benefit packages also differ at public and private institutions. The highest paid in the teaching profession tend to work in metropolitan areas. As an indicator, we’ve put together a list of job profiles in education as well as the median salary those profiles command, in the US:

Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers

They instruct adults in basic skills such as reading, writing, and speaking English. They also help students earn their high school diploma.

Median salary $48,590

Hight school teacher with class

Archivists, Curators and Museum Workers

Archivists appraise, edit and maintain permanent records and historically valuable documents. Curators oversee collections of artwork and historic items; they may also conduct public service activities for an institution. Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore objects and documents in museum collections and exhibits.

Median salary $44,410

Career and Technical Education Teachers

They instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects such as auto repair, healthcare and culinary arts. Career and Technical Education Teachers provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Median salary $51,910

Preschool Teachers 

They educate and care for children, usually ages 3 to 5. Preschool teachers help young children understand writing, reading, science and other subjects.

Median salary $27,130

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

They prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading.

Median salary $53,090

Middle School Teachers

They educate students sixth through eighth grade. Middle school teachers help students build on the fundamentals of elementary school and prepare them for the more difficult curriculum in high school.

Median salary $53,430

Postsecondary Teachers

They instruct students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects, beyond the high school level. Postsecondary teachers also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

Median salary $68,970

High School Teachers

They help prepare students for life after graduation. High school teachers mainly coach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to be job market-ready or attend college.

Median Salary $55,050

Special Education Teachers 

They work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Special education teachers adapt general education lessons and teach reading, writing and math to students with mild and moderate disabilities. To students with severe disabilities, they teach skills such as literacy and communication techniques.

Median salary $55,060

Special education student with teacher

Instructional Coordinators

They supervise the school curriculum and teaching standards. Instructional coordinators develop material for teaching, and assess its effectiveness.

Median salary $60,050


They help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use. The librarian’s duties may change based on the type of library they work in, such as public, school and medical libraries.

Median salary $55,370

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Alternate career prospects

Education isn’t limited to just teaching in a traditional classroom. If you are interested in technology and the field of education, you can pursue a career teaching technology to students.

The skills teachers acquire are in high demand and are transferrable to a host of occupations. Highly educated, many holding at least a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, teachers can be a superb match for corporate jobs. As a corporate trainer, you can effectively teach people how to do their jobs, manage teams of people, etc. Teachers who are specialists in math, science and computer can find a good fit in technical job roles.

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