The Top 5 Reasons to Work in a School

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The place you go to work each day can make a huge difference in terms of your job satisfaction and financial well-being. Schools house students along with a variety of workers, including teachers, aides, custodians, tutors, technology specialists, librarians and administrators. Being employed in a school offers several distinct benefits that are hard to find in other places of work.

5 Influence

Working in a school gives employees a chance to influence the lives of young people. School employees all contribute to student learning, whether it’s in the form of teaching a lesson, working with a student one-on-one or helping to maintain the learning environment. Working in a school means having an opportunity to pass on knowledge and set a good example for the next generation of the members of your community.

4 Work Environment

Compared to other places of work, schools are usually pleasant, safe work environments. State laws that provide for student safety and security also protect the teachers and other employees who spend their days in schools. Most schools are climate controlled for student comfort. Schools employ security personnel to ensure the safety of students and police departments monitor schools and surrounding neighborhoods regularly.

3 Union Benefits

Many public school employees belong to unions and are protected with other benefits. Unions negotiate on the behalf of their members, getting school districts to raise salaries, increase or maintain health care benefits and contribute to employee pensions and retirement savings accounts. Unions also fight for safe working conditions and reasonable hours for their members, ensuring that teachers receive breaks and have access to the resources they need to do their jobs well.

2 Job Security

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of students enrolled in schools will increase sharply between 2010 and 2020. This means a higher demand for teachers and other school employees. Working in a school provides job security while also imparting experience that can be used to get a job in another school or region. The BLS notes that job growth for teachers will be most prominent in the southern and western regions of the U. S., creating areas of high opportunity for people with experience working in schools. Some schools offer tenure, which provides lifetime job security, to experienced teachers.

1 Vacation Time

School employees receive more vacation time, often paid time, than those in other fields. Traditional schools shut down for around two months in the summer, and even year-round schools have built-in weeks off and extended holiday vacations. This allows school employees to schedule their own vacations and personal time with more flexibility than workers who have limited or rigidly defined time off.

Dennis Hartman is a freelance writer living in California. His work covers a wide variety of topics and has been published nationally in print as well as online. Hartman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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