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Employment opportunities for elementary and middle school teachers are expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2020, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Employment for high school teachers is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all careers during this same time span. The need to replace retiring teachers will provide many opportunities nationwide. However, the demand for art teachers will be much lower, because schools hire a limited number of art faculty. Additionally, there is a surplus of talented, qualified art professionals wanting to get into teaching. Positions in inner-city schools or rural areas may be easier to find. Art teachers who teach self-enrichment classes at private educational institutions and in other settings should have slightly better employment opportunities—although these positions are typically part time and offer lower salaries than positions in formal school settings.
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