Physical Education Teachers

Teacher and Student in Physical Education Class

Physical education (PE) teachers instruct students in elementary school through high school about physical fitness and health. They may organize physical education programs for an entire school or just a few classes. P.E. teachers make up only a small percentage of the approximately 3 million elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) PE Teachers
Duties Instruct students in elementary school through high school about physical fitness and health
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physical Education
Experience Student teaching or volunteer experience required
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Principal, or Sports Physiologist, or Fitness Trainer
  • Physical Education Teacher and Sports Coach
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Physical Education Substitute Teacher