What career changes for teachers make the most sense?

What career changes for teachers make the most sense?

If you have come to a point in your teaching career where you decide it’s time for a change, you might be asking yourself, “What happens next?”. The years of schooling, experience, and certifications don’t have to go to waste, there are plenty of options out there.  

We broke down some of the top careers for teachers wanting to make a change. 

Human Resources

Human Resources is a field that offers a lot of opportunities to use skills you developed as a teacher in the professional world. Itis a department that works in recruiting, screening, interviewing, and placing workers. They also oversee administrative functions and work on company conflict-resolution. HR is an important department in all companies and depending on the size of the organization, you might have the opportunity to specialize in specific support functions.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Human Resources (HR) Specialists can earn an average salary of $62,000 and Managers can earn an average of over $116,000. Top 10% of earners in these roles have reported salaries over $105,000 and $205,000 respectively.

Museum Curator

Museums like to hire people with educational backgrounds to work as technicians, curators, and guides. Curators support archive research, work with artifacts, artwork, displays, and other needs to support the museum operation. This kind of work tends to draw in those with teaching backgrounds and make them a great asset to the organization. They are also responsible for administrative duties such as record keeping, maintaining the budget, and even training staff.

The national average salary for museum curators is $50,000 per year with the top 10% earning over $87,000.

Social Worker

If you’re someone that enjoys helping children and wants to do more, a career in social work might be your calling. Social workers are responsible for identifying people in need of help, responding to crisis situations, following up with clients to make sure their situations are improving, and other important responsibilities. This can be a stressful and sometimes thankless job, but people who serve in these roles generally find their work and contributions very rewarding.

Social workers on average make around $50,000 per year with the top 10% earning over $82,000.

School Administrator

If you want to stop teaching but don’t want to leave the school environment, pursuing a career as a School Administrator might be the change you’re looking for. They work in every level of education and support a multitude of responsibilities:

  • Hiring and supervising staff
  • Manage budgets
  • Develop a mission for the school
  • Establishing policies and procedures for different departments

Most people think this is the job of the Principal or Assistant Principal, but librarians, coaches, and even aids fall under the role of School Administrator.

Salaries will range based on job function and school type. Here are some job examples and average salaries:

  • Elementary – High School Principal: $96,000 – $148,000 per year
  • Postsecondary Administrators: $95,000 – $194,000 per year
  • School Coach: $35,000 – $79,000 per year
  • School Librarian: $59,000 – $93,000 per year


Many teachers are used to performing research and reading lots of literature, whether it be for personal or work-related interests. If you are someone who enjoys reading but teaching is not the right career for you, editing might be something worth considering.

You could work for a newspaper, magazine, publisher or even a tech company on their online website. You might have to bring back your red pen since you will be editing content, making grammar and punctuation corrections, and rewriting material in a manner that readers can easily digest. Meeting deadlines can be stressful, but that might be what you have to weigh out when deciding to leave the classroom.

The national average salary for an editor ranges from $61,000 per year to the top 10% making over $122,000.


When making the decision to make a career change and start looking for something new, the first step is updating your resume. Take a look at your skills and experience to see how they align with other careers you’re potentially interested in. This will help give you some guidance in where to start the search and what new career could be the best fit.