There are currently an estimated 478,500 preschool teachers in the United States. The preschool teacher job market is expected to grow by 10.5% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are preschool teachers?

CareerExplorer rates preschool teachers with a B- employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 55,400 preschool teachers. That number is based on 50,100 additional preschool teachers, and the retirement of 5,300 existing preschool teachers.

What’s the supply of preschool teachers?

The preschool teacher industry is concentrated in California, Texas, New York

Preschool Teacher job market by state

State Name Employed Preschool Teachers
California 51,990
Texas 34,950
New York 34,110
Florida 21,380
Illinois 20,620
Massachusetts 16,390
North Carolina 15,990
Georgia 15,300
New Jersey 14,960
Pennsylvania 14,110
Ohio 13,670
Maryland 10,000
Virginia 9,730
Wisconsin 9,700
Michigan 9,340
Washington 8,830
Colorado 8,750
Minnesota 7,610
Oregon 7,120
Tennessee 6,860
Arizona 6,160
Indiana 5,570
Oklahoma 5,530
Connecticut 5,490
Missouri 5,050
South Carolina 5,040
Iowa 4,330
Arkansas 3,240
Kentucky 3,170
New Hampshire 3,120
Puerto Rico 2,990
Mississippi 2,500
New Mexico 2,460
Louisiana 2,420
Delaware 2,280
Kansas 2,260
Alabama 1,790
West Virginia 1,770
Hawaii 1,620
Utah 1,380
Nevada 1,330
District of Columbia 1,320
South Dakota 1,310
Maine 1,270
Rhode Island 1,260
Montana 1,100
Nebraska 1,090
Vermont 1,040
Idaho 1,030
Wyoming 900
North Dakota 850
Alaska 660
Virgin Islands 180
Guam 80