There are currently an estimated 20,600 physical education teachers in the United States. The physical education teacher job market is expected to grow by 9.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are physical education teachers?

CareerExplorer rates physical education teachers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 5,800 physical education teachers. That number is based on 2,000 additional physical education teachers, and the retirement of 3,800 existing physical education teachers.

Are physical education teachers in demand?

Aspiring physical education teachers who are themselves fit and have experience in team sports and knowledge of kinesiology and age-level appropriate nutrition will find that they are in demand and have an employment advantage over their competitors. This has become increasingly true in face of the growing rates of childhood and adolescent obesity. Children and youth, more than ever before, are in need of role models who live healthy and active lives. Job opportunities in the field are influenced by student enrolment levels and vary by location and regional budgets. Some PE teachers assume the additional role of coach for one more of their school’s sports teams. Generally, they hold a Bachelor’s Degree in physical education or health, as well as a teaching license, and are qualified to teach from kindergarten through grade twelve upon graduation. The most sought after ‘phys ed’ teachers complement this formal training with cultural sensitivity and the capacity to motivate and inspire students. Those who pursue a Master’s or Doctorate normally seek employment with the physical and health education or exercise science programs of universities.

What’s the supply of physical education teachers?

The physical education teacher industry is concentrated in California, Texas, New York

Physical Education Teacher job market by state

State Name Employed Physical Education Teachers
California 2,420
Texas 1,520
New York 1,310
Pennsylvania 1,180
North Carolina 1,020
Virginia 900
Utah 610
Arizona 560
Illinois 460
Minnesota 440
Indiana 400
Washington 400
Ohio 380
Michigan 350
Massachusetts 330
Oregon 310
Connecticut 300
Iowa 280
New Jersey 280
Alabama 230
Florida 230
Missouri 210
Wisconsin 200
Colorado 170
Tennessee 170
South Carolina 160
West Virginia 160
Oklahoma 150
South Dakota 150
Kentucky 140
Idaho 140
Arkansas 130
Mississippi 130
Georgia 120
Maine 90
Maryland 90
North Dakota 80
Kansas 60
New Hampshire 60
Puerto Rico 50
Nebraska 50
Wyoming 40