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Job bank points to teaching opportunities in U.S.

Job bank points to teaching opportunities in U.S.

Students in Taiwan endeavoring to become teachers should consider heading to the United States because there are more job openings in the field and the pay is better there, a manager of an online employment service provider said yesterday.
Wang Ching-jieh, head of the education section of 1111 Job Bank, made the suggestion following the release of Ministry of Education statistics that show that only 3 percent of examinees passed the teacher recruitment tests in 2006.
Quoting Ministry of Education statistics, Wang said over 120,000 people registered for teacher recruitment tests in 2006 and that only 3 percent received job offers. The recruitment rate was the lowest at 0.66 percent for elementary school teaching posts, he noted.
In comparison, more teaching jobs are available in the United States, Wang said.
Better salaries
Wang encouraged Taiwanese to find teaching jobs in the United Staes because the salary is better, adding that a U.S. elementary school teacher earns between NT$1.35 million (US$42,000) and NT$2.46 million per year, far more than his or her Taiwanese counterpart's average annual salary of NT$420,000 to NT$1 million.
Special education, bilingual, mathematics and science teachers are the most in demand in the United States, Wang said.
He added that special education teachers can earn as much as US$76,000 per year in the United States, while math and science teachers can earn up to US$ 53,000.
Wang suggested that Taiwan students interested in becoming teachers can consider focusing on mathematics or science as teachers with a background in these subjects are in higher demand in the United States.


Updated : 2021-02-26 21:43 GMT+08:00