We surveyed 1,089 physical education teachers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical physical education teacher. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a physical education teacher?

Low

High

Working as a physical education teacher typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a physical education teacher?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a physical education teacher typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a physical education teacher?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a physical education teacher. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for physical education teachers.

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Do physical education teachers work full-time or part-time?

62% of physical education teachers work in full-time roles while 38% work part-time.

Is being a physical education teacher stressful?

Low

High

Physical education teachers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a physical education teacher?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a physical education teacher.

How competitive is the workplace for physical education teachers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for physical education teachers.

Does being a physical education teacher require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for physical education teachers.

Are physical education teachers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a physical education teacher, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do physical education teachers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally physical education teachers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a physical education teacher physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a physical education teacher may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are physical education teachers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Physical education teachers tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a physical education teacher require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a physical education teacher.

Does being a good physical education teacher require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a physical education teacher.