It’s not news anymore when a university announces some new tech-classroom integration. Last year, that meant a lot of AR, cloud-hosting, and big data. How exactly does this impact the job outlook for teachers?
More and more edtech startups are focusing on childhood learning. That means teachers in traditional classrooms are about to see significant changes too, both in terms of job outlook and the teaching styles they use. Let’s put on our speculative glasses and look into the future. Here are five trends that could significantly affect the teaching profession in the next decade.
1. Education Collaboration Will Create More Administrators
Whatever you think about the growth of university admin departments, you can’t argue that they play an essential role in bridging different schools and initiatives. That includes managing relationships with software companies, online security firms, and HR training specialists.
With the introduction of iPads, learning apps and cloud storage in primary education, school will have an increased demand for tech-savvy administrators to fill similar roles. Whether this means more full-time admin jobs or a preference for teachers with tech skills our speculative glasses aren’t powerful enough to tell.
2. Teacher Training Won’t End at Teacher’s College
About 40% of schools say they’ve implemented online professional development for teachers. With this much emphasis on continuing education for teachers, it’s no surprise many are also taking advantage of affordable new micro-credentialing programs available online.
As subjects like computer science evolve, ongoing training will play a key factor in the job outlook for STEM educators.
3. More Parents Will Hire Education Consultants
College education consulting is a very lucrative business around the world. Many high school students in Asia, for example, pay thousands of dollars for counselors to help them get into the college they want. They assist with applications, visas, and housing. Consultants also guide high-school students in their coursework and extra-curricular planning before they start applying to universities abroad.
In the US, the rising cost of college has created a different kind of education consultant. Scholarship consultants help students prepare applications for grants, often generating a high ROI because of the sheer number of offers available.
4. Online Learning Will Make the Job Outlook for Teachers More Flexible
VIPKID is just one company that gives teachers a flexible way to earn extra money. However, many new teaching, tutoring, and skill-sharing platforms have recently received significant funding and coverage.
The VIPKID community alone has grown to more than 40,000 teachers in five years. The rise of the online teaching gig will change the job outlook for teachers by revolutionizing how teachers work in the next decade.
5. Teacher Scientists
Teachers have traditionally pursued data science, engineering or computer science degrees to become science teachers. However, the growth of edtech means there will be a newfound demand for teachers with real-world classroom experience for software and business development.
The recent pushback from classroom teachers against tech overenthusiasm will make having experience in both worlds especially valuable. Many teachers argue that technology can facilitate teaching, but never replace traditional classroom skills. But how can schools and startups avoid huge money sinks by ensuring a new idea will facilitate teaching? Real teachers who understand how learning actually works can keep the development and implementation of various tech initiatives grounded in reality.
6. STEM vs. STEAM
STEM refers to an integrated study of science, technology, engineering and math to solve real-world problems, and we mentioned it a few times on this list. Proponents of STEAM want to add arts into that acronym as a way to train better, well-rounded scientists.
Some argue that humanities can help STEM graduates face “the toughest questions of our time”.
Others say humanities can teach practical skills, like drawing and writing, that scientists and engineers have to use on the job.
With so many resources aimed at increasing and improving STEM education in the US, the acceptance of arts in the mix will affect the job outlook for teachers as a profession.