What Other Jobs Can Teachers Do?

Written by Dan

Are you a teacher interested in pursuing other opportunities outside of teaching? In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the different jobs that teachers can do. From working as a tutor to becoming an education consultant, plenty of options are available for those passionate about teaching. So if you’re curious about what else you can do with your teaching degree, read on!


For some teachers, leaving their jobs as educators doesn’t necessarily mean the end of their involvement with teaching. Instead, many become tutors to keep working with students and helping them learn and grow.

Tutoring presents a flexible work schedule that appeals to those who prefer more control over their professional lives and a unique connection with their students that often goes beyond what is covered in a typical classroom setting.

Furthermore, tutors can cover different topics in greater depth or at increased speed, allowing these teachers to explore subjects they might not have been able to do while standing in front of the classroom.

With tutoring, former teachers can reshape how they engage with students and continue helping them grow academically long after they’ve left the school system.

School Counsellor

Becoming a guidance counsellor is an admirable and rewarding choice for teachers who want to continue their work in the education system.

A guidance counsellor is essential in aiding students through difficult times, providing academic counselling and career advice, connecting students with outside resources, and often being someone students can connect emotionally.

This role is critical for student success and can be gratifying for teachers who have enjoyed working with their students over the years.

As such, many teachers are drawn to the field of guidance counselling as a way to continue making meaningful changes in public education.

Educational Consultant

Teaching can be rewarding; however, many teachers eventually decide to exit the classroom to pursue independent consulting roles within education. Becoming an educational consultant can provide teachers with new challenges and opportunities for personal growth and intellectual stimulation.

Educational consultants often work on projects that allow them to travel to different locations, collaborate with other professionals, and develop expertise in a specific area of instruction.

Many school boards value educational consultants’ technical know-how and knowledge of psychology as they can support learning environments conducive to academic excellence.

Although leaving the classroom carries advantages and disadvantages, many teachers become successful educational consultants thanks to their ongoing commitment and dedication to their profession.

Online Teaching

It’s no secret that the Internet has simplified many of our everyday activities, and looking for ways to make money is no exclusion.

The option to teach online or work as a freelance writer is becoming increasingly popular, giving anyone with the right skillset the potential to turn their knowledge into cash.

Whether you’re looking for part-time or full-time employment, teaching online or writing as a freelancer could be a convenient and successful way to pursue your career goals without completely committing yourself.

With all the opportunities available, now more than ever, you can use your talents to create profitable results from your home.

Recruitment Consultant in Education

Becoming a recruitment consultant in education is an enticing transition for former teachers. It combines the ability to maintain relationships with colleagues and students, creating a sense of belonging, with the opportunity to use professional skills in new and innovative ways.

As recruitment consultants, former teachers can leverage their intimate knowledge of the inner workings of educational institutions to unearth talented individuals potentially overlooked by other recruiters.

With the responsibility of ensuring recruits meet stringent quality standards and a potential performance-based reward structure on successful placements, this new profession provides motivation and incentives to match those previously associated with classroom teaching.

In that sense, it fits comfortably within their existing skill set while offering fresh challenges and expanded job satisfaction.

School Business Managers

This role is ideal for those with strong organisational skills and an ability to work calmly under pressure, as office administrators are responsible for providing prompt and accurate administrative support to various stakeholders.

This can include creating reports, processing invoices, handling student records, scheduling meetings and appointments, maintaining databases, developing marketing materials and handling general enquiries.

Office administrators can also manage the school’s day-to-day operations, which may include liaising with staff, parents and other stakeholders and organising events, such as open days or parent-teacher meetings. In this way, office administrators are essential to keeping schools running smoothly.

Local Authority

This is a great way to stay in the education sector but move out of the classroom. Working for a Local Authority, you may specialise in school funding or become an Ofsted inspector.

Both roles require excellent organisational and analytical skills and knowledge of relevant legislation and policies.

Working for the local authority also provides teachers with opportunities to help shape how education is provided while impacting the broader community.

Ofsted Inspectors

A role as an Ofsted inspector can be advantageous for those with an eye for detail and strong analytical skills. As a qualified teacher, you will already have the experience to assess schools and educational institutions on their teaching, learning and assessment standards.

By observing lessons, interviewing staff and acting impartial observer, you can provide accurate feedback on a school’s performance and make recommendations for improvement.

Ofsted Inspectors can also be employed by local authorities or as independent consultants, giving this role even greater flexibility.

Exam Invigilator

Exam invigilating could be ideal for those who still want to be involved in the education sector but don’t necessarily want to commit to a full-time role. Exam Invigilators ensure that exams are conducted fairly and securely by monitoring students and their behaviour during tests and examinations.

With good communication skills and a calm, collected approach, exam invigilators are essential to creating a safe and secure student environment.

The flexibility of this role makes it an attractive option for those wanting to work part-time while maintaining some involvement with education.

Music Tutor or Sports Coach

Why not turn your enthusiasm into a career if you are passionate about music, sport or other extracurricular activities?

Music tutors and sports coaches are in high demand as many parents are keen to give their children the opportunity to engage in physical and creative activities outside school.

Tutoring can be done on a flexible basis, allowing teachers to work part-time while still making a positive impact on student learning.

Sports coaching can also be a great way to stay involved with education, as you will be helping students develop their physical and team skills in a supportive environment.

If you enjoyed this article, you would love our article on how to resign as a teacher; we have broken it down to help you respectfully leave your job.

There are a variety of career paths for teachers outside the traditional classroom setting. From working as an Office Administrator or Ofsted Inspector to Exam Invigilator or Music Tutor, these roles can provide an excellent opportunity for teachers to gain new skills and experiences while contributing positively to education.

With the right qualifications and some determination, teachers can open up a range of exciting opportunities to further their careers in the education sector.

About The Author

I'm Dan Higgins, one of the faces behind The Teaching Couple. With 15 years in the education sector and a decade as a teacher, I've witnessed the highs and lows of school life. Over the years, my passion for supporting fellow teachers and making school more bearable has grown. The Teaching Couple is my platform to share strategies, tips, and insights from my journey. Together, we can shape a better school experience for all.






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