The latest numbers from the National Center for Educational Statistics report that during the 2007-2008 school year, 8 percent of public school and 15.9 percent of private school teachers left the profession. Regardless of the reasons, teachers have many transferrable skills, such as communication, creativity, organizational and instructional skills. As a result, there are several other career options for those who no longer wish to teach.
Instructional coordinators oversee the development and effectiveness of a school district’s curricula and teaching standards. They also choose textbooks, computer programs and other educational materials. Teachers would do well in this career choice since it utilizes their ability to train other teachers on new teaching techniques and tools, and also allows them to use their communication and people skills while working with fellow teachers and administrators. Many school districts require applicants to have a master’s degree in the field they would specialize in as an instructional coordinator, such as history or math.
Training and Development Managers
Another job that utilizes teaching skills is a training and development manager. Teachers are accustomed to managing classrooms, so managing a staff of other trainers would be second nature to them. Also, the ability of teachers to assess the needs of their students and provide appropriate lessons translates well when assessing a company's employee-training needs and developing effective training programs to enhance skills and knowledge. A bachelor’s degree from a variety of educational backgrounds is required for this profession.
Teachers are creative by nature -- and as writers, they can create an assortment of materials, ranging from newspaper, magazine and website articles to books or promotional materials. Former teachers may put their writing skills to use working for educational organizations or for educational textbook companies. In addition, since they're accustomed to using their powers of persuasion in the classroom, teachers can also use these skills to write persuasive copy for advertising and public relations organizations. A bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications or a related field is expected for most writing positions.
Some teachers might find fulfillment as librarians. This profession would allow them to continue the process of active learning, in order to keep up with the many changes that occur in a library setting pertaining to information, technology and resources. A career as a librarian, which entails helping patrons find information, also utilizes the excellent reading and communication skills that teachers have mastered. In addition, their organizational skills are useful in organizing library material to make it easier for patrons to locate what they need. Most librarians need a master’s degree in library science, but an undergraduate degree in any major is sufficient when entering the graduate program.