May 31st, 2012
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What do Teachers Earn?
Being a teacher is undoubtedly one of the most challenging jobs around. Not only do you have to work with people – often young students – on a daily basis, but as a teacher you are playing a big role in their development. If you want to become a teacher, there are a few things you need to consider, most importantly the training required, and the salary expectations.
There is more than one path towards becoming a teacher and getting the degree you want. Some people choose to study for a BEd – a Bachelor of Education degree. Once you have gone through the four years of training required in order to gain this degree, you can also further your studies by specialising in certain areas.
The other route into the profession is ideal if you know you want to teach a specific subject. For example let’s say you want to teach history. You would take a bachelor degree in history lasting three to four years, and then follow it up with a post graduate course. This would last for one year and reward you with a certificate in education to complete your training.
According to PayScale.com, the average annual salary for a high school teacher is R153,000. Teachers with less than 4 years of experience can expect to earn between R60,000 and R198,000 per year, while teachers with 5 to 9 years of experience can earn between R80,000 and R230,000 per year. Experienced professionals with more than 10 years of experience can expect to earn up to R280,000 per year. This is a profession with a lot of growth potential, as there are various positions available and you can even apply as a department head or school principal later in your career.
What different types of teaching jobs are there?
Teaching jobs are available in many areas of teaching. For example some teachers go into primary schools and teach young children a variety of topics on a basic level. They may teach children who have only just started school. Other teachers train to go into high school, attaining a degree in the subject they have decided they want to teach. You need an in depth knowledge of your specialist subject in this case, as this will be the only topic you can teach.
If you want to become a teacher but you are not quite sure about the best route to take, or if you do not want to work with older students, you can always consider starting out as a teaching assistant. These individuals typically work with children under the age of 7, and this will give you the experience you need to decide whether or not you want to get qualified to teach higher grades.