Jobs for Ex-teachers

Updated April 17, 2017

It is not uncommon for teaching careers to span 40 or 50 years; but after their time at school comes to a close, many educators are not yet ready for retirement. Most teachers naturally enjoy being around children, as well as the intellectual stimulation associated with full-time work. Others simply feel they have more to contribute, work-wise, before ceasing paid employment altogether. For these reasons and more, they often elect to continue in the workforce by seeking part-time or temporary jobs.


Tutoring correlates most directly with a teacher's former occupation. However, instead of one large class, a former instructor has the opportunity to sit down, one-on-one, with a student and help him in a subject area in which he may be struggling. Some ex-teachers thrive in this type of environment, but not all do. Before taking on such a job, consider whether you work best in an individual or group setting.


Writing about their subject of expertise is another activity that may come naturally to an ex-teacher, especially English teachers. Technical writing could be a possible career, developing study guides and educational instruction manuals. Many former teachers have even gone on to write books, fiction and non-fiction, based on their experiences in the classroom.


Name a subject -- any subject -- and the chances are good that someone, somewhere, is doing research on it. Former teachers are a natural for this type of work. It is likely that they had to complete continuing education courses in order to maintain their teaching licenses or certification. These courses often require the ability to synthesise and analyse information. By transferring these skills to research fields, ex-teachers can help institutions and organisations discover and explain valuable information.


A different type of teaching, usually geared more toward an adult audience, is lecturing. Over the years, ex-teachers come to have an excellent grasp of their subject areas and likely continued learning about them throughout their tenure as well. This makes them a fount of valuable information about a topic, for which people may pay to come and hear. If you enjoy speaking in front of a large audience, consider this type of job once your teaching days are over.

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A professional writer for LexisNexis since 2008, Ilana Waters has created pages for websites such as and A writing scholarship helped her graduate summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Social Work. She then obtained her Master of Social Work from Monmouth University.