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).

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

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 2,3062,326 0.976 86164
United States 1,410,9001,514,900 7.448,300 54,200112,910

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 60,83037,34045,330 57,16073,61092,770
Alaska 77,03054,08061,650 74,31089,910105,170
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 78,43057,38065,230 76,61090,640102,760
Fairbanks North Star Borough 108,95071,52081,400 112,940132,100154,300
Southeast Region 85,27052,36061,100 81,230107,070133,740
Balance of State 65,98044,16055,160 65,17077,24090,100

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
2,941280 9.548.2 34.2
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation242
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation101
UI claimants previously working in occupation23
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 305
Number of job position postings 208
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 1.5

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: None

Training Resources

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

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

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Methods of Instruction

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

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Elementary Ed K-6 LIC
Elementary Ed K-6 NDS
Elementary Education BA
Elementary Education BED
Elementary Education BEM
Elementary Education PBCT
Elementary Education K-8 LIC
Teach Credential-Elementry Education LIC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Elementary Education BA
Elementary Education GLI
Licensure Prg - Elementary GLI

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Elementary Education BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Elementary Education BA
Elementry Education BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Elementary Education BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Elementary Education BA
Elementry Education BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rural College   (Fairbanks)
Elementary Education BA
Elementry Education BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Education Certification - Elementary Education CT1
Education Certification - Elementary Education GLI
Education Certification - Elementary Education OEC
Elementary Education BA
Elementary Education BED
Elementary Education GCRT
Elementary Education MAT
Elementary Education K-8 LIC
Elementary Education K-8 OEC
Elementary Education K-8 TC

 Degree
Wayland Baptist University   (Anchorage)
Master of Elementary Education (Med), Professional Studies MEd

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s Teachers (July 2010)

Teachers (February 2003)

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