Physical Education Teachers

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.

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

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