if i want to be a teacher, should i let the low salary hold me back?

United States
November 27, 2007 2:00pm CST
i want to teach 2nd or 3rd grade. those were my favorite grades,and kids aren't as bad at those grades than in high school. but my first year pay would only be about $32,000. and i have no idea where i'd be teaching at, because you never know when they're going to downsize. i may end up in a high end city getting paid a measley $32,000. a secretary gets paid more than this. i really want to be a chef also, but i'm not very imaginative. i cook extremely well though...but garnishing and thinking of new thing would be difficult. i wanted to be a pasty chef because a sous chef just isn't me. i like sweets a lot. see, i can't pick.
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@pastorkayte (2255)
• United States
27 Nov 07
Being a teacher should not be about monetary reasons only because there wont be any, being a teacher is about being loved by someone and showing that love to those children that are going to grow up and run our country or take care of our environment and that is the best thing about teaching. Now being a chef is extremely hard, I know cause guess what that was my dream too. I was an excellent cook and now am an awesome cook and I wanted to be a chef, but that is an expensive undertaking for someone who may end up cooking for the lunch crowd at Fridays
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@rsa101 (16193)
• Quezon City, Philippines
28 Nov 07
Sometimes doing what you really like in life can mean a much better person that you are. If you really like teaching then follow what your heart's desire. It will make you a much happier and fulfilled person. But then you should also consider the value of the money is it that important to you then you should pursue a different career also. Which one do you resonate then.
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• China
28 Nov 07
I want to be a teacher, but now i am working in a business company, if i can choose, i would rather be a teacher. so dont care the monetary, otherwise maybe you will regret in the future
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
28 Nov 07
It's not how much you make. It's how much you keep. So save what you earn, invest it, you'll have extra income, then you'll be free to do whatever you want. I feel the same way as you do about being a chef. I love cooking but I don't think I can come up with new ideas for the menu.
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• Philippines
28 Nov 07
what is it really that matters to you? the work that you're interested at? or the pay that you get? :-)
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• Philippines
28 Nov 07
if you want to be a teacher, you really have to be prepared for the job. my sister is a teacher and i cannot imagine going through her job everyday. she gets home really late and most of the time, we notice how haggard and tired she looks like after school. her salary is low even when she teaches in a private school. it is not even enough to pay for rent and monthly bills every month. i told her that she should look for a school that pays more and gives their teachers more benefits. i cannot imagine why teachers get so little, they are so underpaid considering the type of job that they manage. they manage kids, they manage the kind of education and values these kids will grow up with next to their parents.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
28 Nov 07
If it is about the money you should NOT ever be a teacher though making $32.000 starting wage is nothing to sneeze at. My husband and I raised four children on $19,000 and we now live on his part time sub teaching (he cannot seem to get hired as a teacher there really is age discrimination, he has been trying for 12 years) of $14,200 a year. So if you think $32,000 is poor trying living on our income and we support a disabled son and his two children as well on that income. As a teacher if your under a contract you additionally get paid holidays, vacations, teacher inservice days and dental and medical plus retirement and subs get zilch. So I think if you feel $32,000 is measley you should do some other type of work. Because your doing it for money not for the kids.
@menctomas (278)
• Philippines
28 Nov 07
i wrote an article once for a local newsmagazine. topic was about the idealism of profession, sort of, if you think back when we you were a kid and somebody asked you what you wanted to be when you grow up, you usually say teacher, or doctor or what have you, the reason? because you wanted to do help heal the sick or teach children because they are the future and stuff like that. however, life now is pretty matrialistic, you cannot really move anywhere without money so it plays a big part in our lives. what i am saying is if you really love to teach, do so because that is what you want, you can make an extra living on the side if it doesn't pay all that well. "when work is pleasure, life is joy, when work is duty, life is slavery" that is from maxim gorky. be well
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• China
28 Nov 07
just do what you want to do. good luck.
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• Philippines
28 Nov 07
I am a teacher. At first, being on the job was like trudging on unfamiliar territory, and so I was challenged by the work I have, esp. in dealing with racuous students. Later, I came to love the job, and I find a sense of pleasure and accomplishment in teaching my students. However, after four years on the job, ans still being paid for the same measly salary, I started to lose my idealism, and I started thinking about other more practical ways of earning money. Afterall, I wanted to have my own financial networth.
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• United States
28 Nov 07
I guess all I can say is I would rather have a job I love than make a lot of money and hate what I am doing. I guess if you love what you do, you will never work another day. But if you dislike your job and are only there for the money, eventually it is going to get old. I am finishing my BA in psychology and criminal justice, neither pays that well to begin with. You almost always have to go on to get your masters or doctorate...which I plan on doing. But in the mean time the pay isnt that great. I have an associates already and jobs are hard pressed to find. But I say follow your heart and do what you love. Good luck.
• China
28 Nov 07
yeah, do something you love , happy everyday, money isnt help you get all . i wannar happy with my family .
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@academic2 (7009)
• Uganda
2 Dec 07
Teachers, I mean real teachers dont derive satisfaction in money, they are simply committed to delivering results-if the children pass, if his schools excells, if his subjects are the best done in national exams, he feels satisfied. Nevertheless, Teachers pay are improving every wherE today-education has become a very important commodity sought After by the youndg and old, soon or later extra charges will be levied by school authorities to make up for the low pay, in my country, teachers are beginning to have better pay with the expenses increasingly being born by parents! Dont over emphasize the pay issue too much-it is getting better.
• United States
30 Nov 07
I think you should not let the salary level hold you back if it is really something you really want to do. Follow your heart and passion and you won't be wrong. There are more to a job than salary; afterall, there are other ways of earning income than just work/salary. :-) Good luck with your endeavours.
• Canada
28 Nov 07
well 32,000 is not a little bit of money i live off wayyy less than that but you are right compared to alot of other jobs it is a litle bit of money i dont think that should stop you at all because it isnt little bit of money
• China
28 Nov 07
Well,in my opinion,you should choose to be a teacher.When all is said and done, to be a teacher is not for money,if you are not in dire need of money.And you may bring up children who are the hope of our world and will build our world as a teacher. Well,if you are to be a chef,just only to satisfy somebody,not everybody.Of course every work has its own function for world.
@fanji008 (782)
• China
28 Nov 07
Hi,there! It seems it's really difficult for you to decide.Well,I think first you should be very clear about what kind of career would you like to have in the future.If you really wanna be a teacher and you feel so happy about that,then maybe you don't need to emphasize money too much cause that's not the point for you,right? If you really wanna be a chef,then why not be imaginative? As the saying goes:There's a will,there's a way. You should have confidence in yourself that you can make it:) If you really like both of them,then maybe you can take a look at the salary. Hopefully you'll find the best for you:) Have a nice day!
• China
28 Nov 07
low salary ?in my country ,teacher is a high salary job and so many people want to be .my parents also want me to be a teacher but i don't like to . 'cause i think as a teacher you should know so many things and should understand all students and make them love you and feel what you feel . and the most important thing is you should respond to all students and their parents and make sure you can be a good teacher . actually ,if you like ,nothing is important !
28 Nov 07
Hey, You seem to be really confused. Firstly about being a teacher, if you are working sorely for money then obviously dont pick this field. doesnt give you much of a money. go for something more fancy. But if you have a serious intentions of going into teaching business then forget what money your fetching.. Secondly, being a chef, just cooking good will not help you. You may have to be professional in that. If you are not innovating in your cooking then this field as well wouldnt be fruitful for you. Take some time with this and decide on what are you actually good and innovative at. All the very best with your career.
@dude09 (94)
• Malaysia
28 Nov 07
Being a teacher is going to be really tough, because you will be dealing with kids... but if that's really what you want, then just go for it! If you have a spouse, you need to get his/her 100% support first (teaching will affect your life-style & family). My sister is a teacher (about 5 years now), & she is very happy & like her job very much - even though she didn't make much money & her students cause her problems from time to time... She said it's about the satifaction that you get when you helped a student... but I know nothing about it, cause I'm no teacher.
• United States
28 Nov 07
Do whatever it takes to be happy. If you will be happier being a teacher with a low salary than you will in some other profession that doesn't interest you as much but with a higher salary, then go for teaching. In the end thats what matters.
• China
28 Nov 07
teaching is a good occation . in china, the salary is high. because parents all regard education as a way of success . so we repect our teacher .