How Do You Hire 2 Million Teachers?

More than half the Teachers in today's workforce will reach retirement age within the next 10 years. The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCATF) projects that 18 states and the District of Columbia could see an even greater need, since a larger percentage of the teaching workforce will reach retirement. Gallup estimates that schools in the US will need to hire about 2 million Teachers. How will the country build a talent pipeline of this size? We took a look at recent hiring trends to see if Teachers are already being recruited and where the best places to find candidates are.

In October, there were about 218,000 jobs for Teachers and other Educators posted online. This is a 7% year-over-year increase in demand from last October. August of 2013 experienced a new 4-year high with about 238,000 jobs available during that month. The trend line below suggests there may be some seasonality to peaks in hiring demand, as jobs increase during the first 8 months of the calendar year, and then decline after August. This would make sense as the school year starts in September and schools need to have staff in place for the entire term. The 5 metro areas with the most job ads in October were New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Washington (DC). These are all major cities with large school systems, so it makes sense that they would have the highest need.

Monthly Number of Job Ads for Teachers in the US - 4 Year Trend

Hiring Demand for Teachers in the US
Source: WANTED Analytics

Below are the types of teaching jobs that had the most jobs advertised during October, with their year-over-year change. 7 of the below 10 experienced increasing demand. Preschool Teachers (except Special Education) had the highest demand; however, Middle School and Elementary School Teachers had the most growth, up 23% and 20% respectively.

Occupation YOY % Change
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 5.20%
Teacher Assistants 6.70%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 14.80%
Tutors -5.90%
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 20.40%
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 15.30%
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 17.60%
Teachers and Instructors, All Other -1.00%
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers -10.70%
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 23.80%
Despite growing demand and a projected talent shortage, our Hiring Scale shows that there is currently little difficulty involved in recruiting candidates. The Hiring Scale uses current demand and current talent supply in the score. Currently, there are enough Teachers in the workforce to meet hiring demand. However, as hiring increases and the talent supply shrinks (when Teachers retire), these conditions will change and the score will change to reflect the difficulty. The Hiring Scale scores Teachers as a 22 right now (scores range from 1 to 99, with 99 being the hardest-to-fill.)

Some of the most difficult-to-fill locations are Salem (Oregon), Huntsville (Alabama), and Charleston (South Carolina). These places all have smaller talent pools in comparison to their local demand. Salem scores the highest on our Hiring Scale with a 63.

Hiring Scale for Teaching Jobs in Salem, OR

Hiring Scale for Teaching Jobs in Salem, OR
Source: WANTED Analytics

The best places to source Educators are Hickory (North Carolina), Owensboro (Kentucky), and Dothan (Alabama). These places all have plenty of Teachers to meet their demands and score a 5 on our Hiring Scale. If a school has the ability to recruit from other areas and relocate talent, these are prime places to look since you'll likely face less competition from other schools and there are many Teachers in the area that likely meet your needs.

Hiring Scale for Teachers in Hickory, NC

Hiring Scale for Teachers in Hickory, NC
Source: WANTED Analytics

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