Teaching is one of the nation's fastest growing occupations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years will vary from good to excellent." California will need an estimated 197,000* teachers to replace those who will retire.

Although salaries vary among school districts, in 2008, the median annual salary for elementary school teachers was $58,677; for secondary school teachers, $62,779. Some teachers receive extra pay and bonuses for advanced degrees or for involvement in their school's extracurricular activities. benefits include health insurance and retirement benefits.

*Source: teachcalifornia.org