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Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers

What they do?

Elementary school and kindergarten teachers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Participate in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops

B. May supervise teachers' aides and student teachers.

C. Elementary school and kindergarten teachers may specialize in such areas as special education or second language instruction.

D. Prepare courses for presentation to students according to approved curriculum

E. Teach students using a systematic plan of lessons, discussions, audio-visual presentations and field trips

F. Lead students in activities to promote their physical, mental and social development and their school readiness

G. Assign and correct homework

Where they find work?

1. Educational services - 99.0%

What education do I need?

1. You need a bachelor's degree in education and a provincial/territorial teaching certificate.

2. You need additional training or specialization during your bachelor's degree studies to specialize in special education or second-language instruction.

3. You need additional certification to teach English or French as a second language.

4. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become an education consultant or school principal.

5. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. French
4. Social Studies

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers is $26.17/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

2% of Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for professionnal occupations.

Unemployment

Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($26.17) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

4. The unemployment rate (2%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average because of the lower birth rate will likely weaken job growth.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers are found in Saskatchewan and Manitoba while the lowest concentrations are in Quebec and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (93%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Interpersonal skills

3. Teamwork

Part Time Workers

Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


20% of Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 166,400 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 7% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be above average because of a tendency to retire at an earlier-than-average age (56).

Self Employed

Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 0% of Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


82% of the individuals employed as Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.