Physical Education Teacher

Help students enjoy the benefits of being physically active.

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Salary Range
$35,000 – $78,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Physical Education Teachers do?

The typical day of a Physical Education Teacher is anything but typical. After all, when dealing with children and teens, no two days are ever the same. If you’re passionate about being active and healthy, and love instilling that value into kids, a Physical Education Teacher position may be perfect for you.

Typically, you teach health and physical education classes to either elementary school students (kindergarten through fifth grade) or secondary school students (grades six through 12). Physical education classes include everything from basketball and tennis to gymnastics and rock climbing.

Keep in mind that you’re also required to teach health classes, so if the thought of talking about the birds and the bees in front of 20 to 30 kids makes you break out in a cold sweat, you may want to start practicing now.

Your day may start as early as 7:00 A.M., so be sure to set the coffee brewer if you’re not a morning person. You can generally call it quits anywhere from 2:30 to 4:00 P.M., depending on what grade you teach, but don’t forget the requisite after-school duties that most Teachers partake in, such as bus duty. You may also have the opportunity to coach, so if you have a favorite sport in particular, that’s always an option.

If you love sports and physical activities, and have always dreamed of teaching children, combine all of your interests and talents with a position as a Physical Education Teacher.

Should I be a Physical Education Teacher?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Athletic Instructor, Career Education Teacher, Computer Education Teacher, Instructional Technology Teacher See More

    How to Become a
    Physical Education Teacher

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