The high stakes associated with teaching aren’t a secret. As educators, we’re acutely aware of the significant demands of our job. When I hear people outside the profession refer to teaching as “a little bit stressful,” I can’t help but bless their little hearts. Since education impact lives, not products, calling it “a little stressful” is like calling Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos just “a little unqualified.”
Many of us have fallen prey to the pressures and opted out of the classroom for the sake of our mental and/or physical health.
Though no longer teaching in the traditional sense, some still want to remain connected to education. I can certainly relate! Here are 10 alternate jobs that will get you out of the classroom but not out of the profession.
1. Educational Policy Expert
If you’re considering leaving the classroom, chances are it’s because you don’t agree with a mandated policy … or 30. Be the change and all that jazz by becoming a policy expert: a person who has hands-on administrative experience with a desire to review and adjust policies within educational institutions.
2. Curriculum Writer/Director
Want to improve the quality of what students learn? Interested in working with teachers? Informing curriculum is a great way to directly impact what goes on in the classroom, without actually being in it! It’s also among the highest-paying jobs in education. Ka-ching!
3. School Librarian
You’re surrounded by books and students and none of that high-stakes pressure. Say it with me: BEST. JOB. EVER.
4. Educational Consultant
In the interest of transparency, I had to look this one up. What does an educational consultant actually do?! Apparently there are several different ways in which an ed consultant helps schools, the most common being maintaining what’s working (curriculum, resources, budget) and replacing what’s not. Learn more about this gig here.
5. Online Educator
Red tape and pressure still apply, but becoming an online educator has been a game changer for many of us, myself included. The pay, even when salaried, is less, but so is the stress. Fair trade-off, I think!
6. Community Director
Think your local YMCA or youth center. A teacher is the perfect person to organize and facilitate educational and athletic programs and events. It’s a form of education, sprinkled with some dodgeball.
7. Guidance Counselor
Distant cousin of the librarian, guidance counselors are in a unique position to help students and make improvements to the school. While still working within a school district, counselors serve as personal advocates for students in need and are responsible for organizing programs to help the masses.
8. Director of Technology
I found this example of a director of technology’s job description online, and though it’s from 2013, it’s consistent with today’s expectations. WARNING: If you don’t want to keep up with ever-changing technology or if punting your laptop when it won’t connect to the network sounds like a reasonable solution, this gig is probably not for you.
9. Educational Curator for the Public
Pretty sure that’s just a fancy way of saying a person who manages and implements educational events and programs at places like museums and zoos. It’s like teaching but with a high-stakes potential of having monkey poo thrown at you.
If none of the aforementioned jobs sound appealing to you, perhaps the following and final option is just the thing to get you out of the classroom while retaining ties to education. Though I should warn you, the stakes are even higher and the pay sucks.
The potential of royally screwing up a kid increases ten-fold in this position. The demands of this job are a moving bulls-eye, so keeping up with changing technology and policies is a must. The pay is nonexistent, and if you think strewn monkey poo is a job hazard, just you wait. Yet this gig, much like its counterpart, teaching, is one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet. Lasting contributions to the greater good and a full heart at the end of an exhausting day are somehow enough to keep us going.