U.S. Teaching Job Market

Find out what kinds of teachers school districts need to hire. Click on the region where you want to work to get detailed information about the jobs/teaching positions they say they need to fill.


Region 1: Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Region 2: Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah
Region 3:
Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming

Region 4:
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Region 5:
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas

Region 6:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

Region 7:
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Region 8:
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

Region 9:
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Region 10:

Region 11:

Give yourself an edge

  • The discipline with the biggest increase in teachers hired from 2009 to 2010 was Japanese instruction. If you fall into the surplus category, a minor or certification in a foreign language or a specialty like reading instruction may make you more marketable.
  • Broaden your horizons. Districts nationwide say they will need to hire teachers for English as a second language and bilingual education/multicultural teachers.
  • Districts are hiring 90% of their staff locally because many new teachers don’t want to move. Consider relocating to find the job you want.
  • Hawaii, which counts as its own region, is the only region reporting a demand for kindergarten and primary grades teachers. If you’re set on this as a career choice, get ready to hula!

These jobs are hot — there are tons of openings nationwide!

  • Speech pathologists
  • Teachers for the hearing impaired
  • Teachers for the visually impaired
  • Physics teachers
  • Teachers for students who have severe or profound disabilities

Get ready to fight for these jobs — the job market is crowded.

  • Primary school teachers
  • Social studies education
  • Kindergarten teachers
  • Physical education
  • Intermediate teachers


This map and data come from “2010 Executive Summary: Educator Supply and Demand in the United States” by the American Association for Employment in Education. Results are based on 386 colleges/universities and 115 school districts completing online surveys.