Research and Reports
College and university teacher-placement officers believe that the job market for prospective elementary- and secondary-school teachers has improved over the past four years, and they expect it to get even better, according to a new national survey.
Of the 51 placement officers who responded to the survey conducted last October by the Association for School, College, and University Staffing, 73 percent said the job outlook for elementary teachers had improved between the 1982-83 and 1986-87 school years. Sixty-one percent said the outlook improved for secondary teachers over the four-year period.
The job prospects for both fields showed continued improvement between the 1985-86 and 1986-87 school years, according to 60 percent of the placement officers. And the same percentage said they expected even better market conditions during the coming year.
Prospective teachers of bilingual education, special education, mathematics, chemistry, and physics were in the greatest demand last year, according to the placement officers. Least in demand were teachers of physical education, art, and health science, they said.
Copies of the eight-page report, "Teacher Supply/Demand 1987,'' are available for $5 each from the Association for School, College, and University Staffing, 301 South Swift Road, Addison, Ill. 60101.