Why Do People Want to Be Teachers?

A primary motive to become a teacher is to have a positive influence on the academic and character development of young people. Pride in contributing to student success and seeing their accomplishments are rewarding to some teachers. Passion for the subject and daily interaction with students and coworkers also motivate.

Teachers have a chance to make a difference in the lives of their students. First, the education students gain during K-12 helps prepare them for college and a career. Beyond that, young people often look to teachers as role models. Teachers' mannerisms, demeanors and messages delivered about life affect student development as well.

An aspiring teacher has some ability to select an area of passion. For some, the passion is working with elementary-age children and providing basic education and skill development. Other teachers prefer to build expertise in a subject area and share their passion for math, science or language with students in more specialized junior-high or high-school courses.

A career with significant autonomy and opportunities for breaks and vacations are intangible benefits for teachers. Those who don't teach summer school get time off for family activities or personal leisure. Work-family balance and the ability to learn throughout life are also motivating for some teachers.