Yes, there are alternatives to teaching.
If you are having a difficult time finding a job in the classroom or if you simply need a change, consider looking into educational careers that offer alternatives to the classroom. There are various companies that hire teachers. Many people have a difficult time stepping outside of their career comfort zone, however, as this economy is in consistent fluctuation, you must be willing to move with the change and consider alternatives.
The skills teachers acquire are in high-demand and they are transferable to a host of occupations. If you teach, you can create courses, train, advise, write, and still make a difference. You have alternatives!
Here is a list of companies that hire teachers across the field:
Teachers who are interested in learning new skills can look up and register for detailed online courses, offered through ed2go. Teachers can also work in higher education institutions which include: admissions, advising, transcript evaluation, registrar’s office, etc. Junior colleges also tend to hire teachers with master’s degrees, and there are a host of online schools coming online all of the time. Government organizations have jobs that require teacher skills as well.
The list above is only an example of different alternatives and choices and is not meant to be comprehensive.
If you pursued secondary education and earned a degree in a specific discipline, you may have various opportunities specific to the pedagogical area. For example, if you also majored in science, there are possible jobs within local museums, parks, and research institutions. If you majored in Spanish, there are possible jobs with various organizations looking for bilingual speakers, many within government or even with initiatives such as El Futoro. Keeping an open mind along with a positive attitude is an imperative part of job searching. Stay positive, keep your head up and the right fit will come along, be it in the classroom or not (this is coming from me, a former waitress turned teacher, turned academic advisor, turned writer). What alternatives along your career path are you possibly considering? Can you share other ideas?
There are also some great ideas and guidance in this book:
The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success (Touchstone Books)