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Who Will Tomorrow’s Teachers Be?

More than 800,000 new teachers will be needed in America in the near future. But who will those teachers be? Do they begin to think about teaching while they are still in high school and if so, when?

Here are some answers to those questions, based on our research . . .

Interest in Teaching Is Strong among High School Students

  • 6% of current high school students aspire to become teachers

Top-Performing Students Are More Likely to Want to Teach

  • 2% of “A” students aspire to teach
  • 4% of “B” students aspire to teach
  • 6% of “C” students aspire to teach

Different Factors Influence High School Students to Consider Teaching

  • 58% of students who aspire to teach are influenced by their own interests
  • 34% of students who aspire to teach are influenced by a teacher
  • 31% of students who aspire to teach are influenced by their mother
  • 13% of students who aspire to teach are influenced by their father
  • 12% of students who aspire to teach are influenced by other family members

Teachers Influence More Students to Teach than They Influence Students to Pursue Other Careers

  • 34% of students who aspire to teach say that teachers influenced their career choice
  • 9% of students who aspire to all other professions say that teachers influenced their career choice

More Female Students Are Considering Teaching Careers

  • 79% of high school students who aspire to become teachers are female

To Learn More . . .

Review“The Teachers of Tomorrow,” infographic from the Student Research Foundation. To share your views about what it takes to find the right path to professions, Participate in the National Career & College Pathway Study and receive information on college and career opportunities which match your interests.

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