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Career and Education Opportunities for Special Needs Teachers in Alaska

Alaska has a population of 698,473, which has grown by 11.41% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Great Land," its capital is Juneau, though its most populous city is Anchorage.

Anchorage, Alaska provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for special needs teachers. Currently, 480 people work as special needs teachers in Alaska. This is expected to grow by 18% to about 570 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for special needs teachers, which sees this job pool growing by about 19.6% over the next eight years. In general, special needs teachers teach elementary and preschool school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students.

The average wage in the general category of Special Education jobs is $18 per hour or $55,207 per year in Alaska, and an average of $22 per hour or $49,620 per year nationwide. Incomes for special needs teachers are better than in the overall category of Special Education in Alaska, and better than the overall Special Education category nationally. Jobs in this field include: exceptional student education teacher , blind teacher, and emotionally impaired teacher.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Anchorage where you can study to be a special needs teacher, among four schools of higher education total in the Anchorage area. Given that the most common education level for special needs teachers is a Bachelor's degree, it will take about four years to learn to be a special needs teacher if you already have a high school diploma.

In 2008, there were a total of 452,986 jobs in Alaska. The average annual income was $43,922 in 2008, up from $41,081 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Alaska was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.5% since the previous year. About 24.7% of Alaska residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Alaska include oil extraction, transportation, and general merchandise stores. Notable tourist destinations include the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation.

CITIES WITH Special Needs Teacher OPPORTUNITIES IN Alaska


JOB DESCRIPTION: Special Needs Teacher

In general, special needs teachers teach elementary and preschool school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. They also includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

Every day, special needs teachers are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Alaska include:

  • High School Special Education Teacher. Teach secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
  • Kindergarten Teacher. Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, and literature to children from 4 to 6 years old. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.
  • Special Education Teacher. Teach middle school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Alaska

Alaska
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Alaska has a population of 698,473, which has grown by 11.41% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Great Land," its capital is Juneau, though its biggest city is Anchorage. In 2008, there were a total of 452,986 jobs in Alaska. The average annual income was $43,922 in 2008, up from $41,081 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alaska was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.5% since the previous year. About 24.7% of Alaska residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Alaska include oil extraction, transportation, and general merchandise stores. Notable tourist destinations include the The Imaginarium, the Anchorage Historic Properties Inc, and the Exhibit Support.