We surveyed 49,858 teachers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical teacher. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a teacher?

Low

High

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

Can I learn to become a teacher?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a 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 teacher?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a teacher.

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Do teachers work full-time or part-time?

74% of teachers work in full-time roles while 26% work part-time.

Is being a teacher stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for teachers, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a teacher?

Low

High

Organization is considered a very important trait for teachers, and is critical to success in the field.

How competitive is the workplace for teachers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for teachers.

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

Low

High

Teachers will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are teachers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

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

Do teachers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

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

Is being a teacher physically demanding?

Low

High

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

Are teachers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a teacher changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a teacher require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for teachers, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good teacher require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

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