English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers

English as second language (ESL) teachers specialize in teaching people of all ages the English language. Their students may be immigrants, refugees, children of foreign-born parents, or children who may be living in a home where English is not spoken as the primary language. ESL teachers are also known as teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Duties Teach people of all ages the English language
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in states—such as California, Texas, New Jersey, Nevada, Florida, and New York—with a large percentage of immigrants
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Social Studies
Experience Student teacher experience
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Talkative
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Educational Administrator, or Counselor, or Trainer
  • Experienced ESL Teacher
  • Entry-Level ESL Teacher