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Secondary School Teachers
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that job opportunities for secondary school teachers will overall be average through 2018, but may range from very good to excellent depending on geographic area and subjects taught. Many secondary school teachers will reach retirement age over the next decade and will need to be replaced. The National Education Association believes this will be a challenge because of the low salaries that are paid to secondary school teachers. Higher salaries will be necessary to attract new teachers and retain experienced ones, along with other changes such as smaller classroom sizes and safer schools. Other challenges for the profession involve attracting more men into teaching. The percentage of male teachers at this level continues to decline.