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Elementary School Teachers

Elementary School Teacher—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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Elementary school teachers instruct students from the first through sixth or eighth grades. They develop teaching outlines and lesson plans, give lectures, facilitate discussions and activities, keep class attendance records, assign homework, and evaluate student progress. Most teachers work with one group of children throughout the day, teaching several subjects and supervising such activities as lunch and recess. Approximately 1.4 million elementary school teachers (excluding those who specialize in special education) are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
School Principal or College Professor

Senior or Mentor Teacher

Elementary School Teacher

Teaching Assistant or Student Teacher