Elementary Education Foundations

Career Opportunities

U.S. News & World Report explains the role of the elementary school teacher: “Elementary school teachers build a special bond with their students as they watch them grow and learn throughout the year. With little kids constantly on the go, jumping, playing, and laughing, this line of work requires boundless energy.

"These educators are knowledgeable about a variety of subjects, as many design lesson plans across subjects to teach their students the basics of reading, writing, and mathematics.

"They also frequently work one on one with students to assess their abilities and challenge them to overcome any weaknesses. Many elementary school teachers take a playful approach, using props, games, and songs to actively engage their students. It's their job to not only create an academic and fun environment for the kids, but to also interact with the parents to communicate the students' progress.

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 7.4 percent employment growth for elementary school teachers between 2020 and 2030. In that period, an estimated 101,700 jobs should open up."

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Elementary School Teachers

According to CAREERwise, elementary school teachers in Minnesota earn nearly $61,500 annually, which is above the statewide median of roughly $48,000 a year.

Elementary school teachers are currently in very high demand. This career is experiencing high growth compared to other careers. There will be a need for about 18,740 new elementary school teachers to meet market demand between 2018–2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


Minnesota State CAREERwise

Most Important skills for elementary school teachers

Knowledge Areas

Minnesota State CAREERwise

Most important knowledge areas for elementary school teachers

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Elementary School Teacher

Topics covered

  • Teaching in Elementary Schools
  • Jobs for Elementary School Teachers
  • Becoming an Elementary School Teacher
  • Where Can I Teach?
    • Public Elementary Schools
    • Private Elementary Schools