WORK

TOP 5 FIELD: EDUCATION

If you’ve always wanted to work with kids, you’re hardly alone. Thirty percent of people in encore careers are working in education, according to a recent MetLife Foundation and Encore.org survey. And of people interested in encore careers, 30 percent say they want to work in the field of education.

So where are the jobs? While it’s a tighter job market because of the recession, there are still jobs for certain specialties (such as math, science, special education and ESL) in certain locations. There are other jobs in education, too – in after-school programs and at nonprofits, for example. And new research shows that there will be more jobs in education after the recovery, making now a great time to train for an encore in education.

Find resources for people who want to be teachers >
Read about encore education jobs beyond certified teaching >
Learn about emerging careers in education >

SURGE OF INTEREST IN TEACHING

Despite budget cuts and layoffs in many school districts, the chronic teacher shortage, particularly in math, science, special education and inner-city schools, makes education a popular encore choice.

  • Learn about programs helping older adults transition to teaching
  • See alternative certification options
  • Discover what it's like to teach at the elementary level

FAST TRACK TO TEACHING

Over the past 10 to 15 years, more fast-track teacher certification programs are being created:

Community colleges are speeding up certification
EnCorps Teachers seeks career switchers to become math and science teachers
Troops to Teachers is filling gaps in urban school with returning veterans
IBM's Transition to Teaching program is helping experienced employees become teachers

ANN HIGDON - VIDEO

Purpose Prize winner and social
entrepreneur Ann Higdon used her
know-how in human resources to open
innovative charter schools that help
high school dropouts earn their diplomas while training for jobs.

Learn more about charter schools

Video length: 2:50

PREPARING TO TEACH


credit Collin College

Community colleges offer various courses and certificate programs to prepare you for an encore career in education. Collin College in Texas and Virginia’s Community Colleges are examples of colleges that specifically target boomers. Check with your local community college to see what it offers.

  • Read about award-winning community colleges offering encore career courses >
  • Learn about other programs for mature students offered through the American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 Initiative >

EMERGING EDUCATION ENCORES

The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, in a recent report sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Encore.org, identifies emerging education jobs – including teacher coaches and content advisers – that offer promising opportunities to encore workers.

Fact sheet (PDF)

Full report (PDF)

A COMMUNITY-MINDED PATH

Shirley Sagawa, dubbed the “founding mother of the modern service movement,” encourages you to consider volunteering and community service as a pathway to your encore career.
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TOP 5 ENCORE JOB FIELDS

Learn more about how to find work in these fields.

  1. Education
  2. Health care
  3. Environment
  4. Government
  5. Nonprofit

HOW CAN BOOMERS STRENGTHEN EDUCATION?

Two papers from Encore.org help experienced professionals understand how they can help deliver services to young people, including working with schools to strengthen instruction in math- and science-related fields.


SURVEY DATA

The 2011 Encore Career Choices survey, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Encore.org, found that 30 percent of people ages 44 to 70 interested in encore careers are most interested in entering a career in education. More >

WANT TO BE IN CHARGE?

Do you have executive experience and the desire to lead a school district? More >

USING WHAT YOU’VE GOT

A slight retooling of your skills could lead you to an encore career in education. Read the case studies at the end of this report to learn how three people made that leap. More >