I visit many Web forums and communities where I have the opportunity to chat with people in search of teaching jobs. One question that arises time and time again is: Where are the best places to look for teaching jobs in the United States?
While many candidates have family, home, or community ties that prevent them from relocating to a new city, there seems to be an increasing number of college graduates who are excited about the opportunities to relocate to new areas, begin their teaching career, and experience a new lifestyle.
Those who have the freedom to move are looking for places with 1) Teacher Shortages, 2) High Quality-of-Life, and 3) Low Cost-of-Living.
To find these places, look for economic growth trends and population booms. Also, look for places that do not have an excess of teacher colleges as these areas will have a less competitive job market.
Here is a list of "hot spots" -- popular places for teaching candidates to search for jobs -- in the United States. This list is based solely on my interpretation of my conversations with people in search of teaching jobs and recent graduates.
1. Nevada/Las Vegas -- Clark County Schools are especially popular lately. Rumor has it they've even hired many teachers over the phone. As the City of Las Vegas grows, school districts nearby are having trouble recruiting enough teachers to meet the demand.
2. Florida -- This is a terrific time to be looking for a job in Florida. In the past, Florida has had notoriously high class sizes. New legislation has been passed that requires schools to decrease class sizes across the state. To do this, schools will need to hire lots of teachers in a short period of time. If you've ever considered applying to a Florida school, now is the time to do it!
3. North Carolina -- This has been a popular relocation spot for teaching candidates for nearly a decade now. Their economy is strong and their population is growing by leaps and bounds. Raleigh-Durham is one of the most popular areas in the state for teaching candidates. For less competition, try other cities in the state.
4. Georgia -- There has been lots of buzz about opportunities in Georgia lately. Atlanta and Savannah are sure to be best bets.
5. Arizona -- If you can stand the heat, Phoenix and Tempe are booming towns in need of qualified teachers.
Where is the market "cold"? Many northeastern "rust-belt" states with dying manufacturing industries are losing population. Public school teaching jobs in these areas, which still tend to pay well and offer excellent benefits, are very hard to come by. These places include Michigan, Upstate New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Best of luck in your decision to relocate and begin your teaching career!