Believe it or not, we are all teachers. We have all at some point taught others and are often teaching ourselves. Teaching generally is a two way initiative between teachers and students. Being able to teach well is hard work and this can be accomplished if you truly enjoy imparting knowledge. For example: We all have that one favorite teacher! We enjoyed his/her class and always waited for it. But did you ever stop and think, why? Well, because that teacher loved what he/she did and thus made the class equally fun. Such an attitude if contagious. So, if you have the same career goals, you may be on the way to becoming an outstanding teacher yourself! At the end of it, teaching has one common goal: learning.
There are many different courses available on Teacher training, both in India and abroad. Teachers study the subjects they wish to teach. For instance, someone who wishes to teach engineering would have to be from a sciences background, complete a course in engineering or a BSc in the same field and then move on to teaching. Although, there are many colleges who recruit graduates as trainee teachers, enrolling for a course in teaching might just help you be ahead of the curve.
Jobs & Salary
Universities and schools are the most common places of work for teachers. Internationally famous schools, colleges and universities offer work to teachers. Some of the companies you can work for are listed here:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
- Indian Institute of Technology, India.
- Australian National University, Australia
- London School of Economics, UK.
- Government bodies, Rajya Sabha
- Raffles International School, Singapore
- Princeton review, USA
- British Council, UK
- G-cube e-Learning Solutions, as a SME. (subject matter expert)
- CBSE, ICSE and State boards hire teachers to write textbooks.
Teachers have always played down the money factor, often quoting reasons like social responsibility and personal fulfilment as major motivating factors, and not just the money. However, money is important, and as vague as that may sound, following is the generic remuneration of a teacher in India. Along with the base pay, a teacher also qualifies for perks and incentives, known as academic grade pay, which generally depends on the success of the teacher’s students.
|Level||Annual Remuneration||Academic Grade Pay|
|2-5 lakh||72,000 annum|
|5-9 lakh||108,000 annum|
(11 years and above)
|10 lakh onwards||1,20,000 annum|
Pros & Cons
- Respected job
- Extra holidays
- Scope for growth
- Student appreciation
- Job Satisfaction
- Low remuneration (Initially)
- Constant learning required
- Extensive studies and research required
- Stressful job (At times)
- Demanding and tedious job
- Accountability of students