Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education (25-2021)

Occupation description:  Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level. Substitute teachers are included in Teachers and Instructors, All Other (25-3099). Excludes Special Education Teachers (25-2050).

For an explanation of the data, click on the question mark next to the heading.

Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 2,4742,600 5.113 5669
United States 1,358,0001,436,300 5.87,830 30,03037,870

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 59,02036,56044,450 55,80071,17088,590
Alaska 73,05052,58059,620 71,35084,10099,400
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 76,72056,36064,040 74,98088,450100,350
Fairbanks North Star Borough 106,11068,48079,470 110,420129,270151,000
Southeast Region 63,98040,00052,300 62,25076,71091,990
Balance of State 64,87044,99054,700 64,39075,85086,870

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
2,923288 9.947.6 34.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation239
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation102
UI claimants previously working in occupation24
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 301
Number of job position postings 132
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.3

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: Internship/Residency

Training Resources

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association   (Sitka)
Educator Workshops, In-Person
Educator Workshops, Online
Youth Workshops

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Methods of Instruction I - MOI1
Methods of Instruction II - MOI2

AVTEC   (Seward)
Methods of Instruction

Central Texas College, Fort Richardson/Elmendorf AFB   (Fort Richardson)
Teaching AA

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Elementary Education Bac
Elementary Education (K-6) Lic

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Elementary Education Bac
Elementary Education Lic

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Elementary Education Bac

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Elementary Education Bac

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Ed Cert - Elementary Education Lic
Elementary Education Bac
Elementary Education Mas

Wayland Baptist University   (Anchorage)
Master of Elementary Education (Med) MEd

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s Teachers (July 2010)

Teachers (February 2003)

Is There a Teacher Shortage in Alaska? (February 1991)