Career Quiz: Should You Become a Teacher?

Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Educator?

Updated February 24, 2017

7. Your neighbor's cat is hanging around her front door. He looks like he hasn't eaten in a while. How do you react?

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8. Choose your ideal house:

9. Are you willing to earn a bachelor's degree, pass a written exam and, depending on your state, get a master's degree?

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Career Quiz: Should You Become a Teacher?

You got: Don't Become a Teacher

I got Don't Become a Teacher. Career Quiz: Should You Become a Teacher?
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You would be so much happier if you chose a different career. Teaching just isn't right for you. Your answers indicate that you don't have enough of the qualities you need to be an effective teacher: strong listeningverbal communicationtime management and critical thinking skills, and resourcefulness. In addition, you may not be willing to fulfill all the educational requirements. There is also little chance you would enjoy working as a teacher and it's very important to like what you do for a living.

Don't worry though. You have other soft skills and you can find a way to use them to succeed in a variety of careers. Your job right now is to figure out what soft skills you have, how much education you are willing to get and what your desired salary is. Then choose a career that is right for you.

Career Quiz: Should You Become a Teacher?

You got: Teaching Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice for Me

I got Teaching Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice for Me. Career Quiz: Should You Become a Teacher?
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Your answers indicate you may not have all the qualities that would make you a good teacher. Other careers would be a better fit for someone with your strengths. Teachers need strong verbal communicationlistening and critical thinking skills. They must be resourceful and patient and have excellent time management skills.

You must be willing to fulfill the educational requirements of this occupation, namely earning a bachelor's degree and possibly a master's degree, or you won't be able to get a job. A teacher's salary may be lower than you would like. While you may find the work schedule appealing—who wouldn't like to work until 3 pm and have summers off—you may not want to take work home, as teachers often do.

There are a lot of careers out there. You will find one that is perfect for you. Look for a career that suits your strengths and make sure you are willing to fulfill all the job requirements.

Career Quiz: Should You Become a Teacher?

You got: Teaching Might Be a Good Career Choice for Me

I got Teaching Might Be a Good Career Choice for Me. Career Quiz: Should You Become a Teacher?
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While your answers indicate you have most of the strengths teachers need, you are missing some. They need excellent verbal communication and listening skills. Strong time management skills, patience and persistence are essential.

Teachers must be able to recognize problems that students don't report. Excellent critical thinkingproblem-solving and decision-making skills are also required. They must be resourceful. If you find you are lacking any of these qualities, you will have to acquire them.

You may not be willing to fulfill all the educational requirements for this occupation including earning a bachelor's degree and possibly a master's degree. Teachers don't make a lot of money. Although the relatively short school days and long summer vacations may appeal to you, spending your evenings grading tests and papers may not. Think about whether you would be happier in a career with different requirements and higher pay.

Career Quiz: Should You Become a Teacher?

You got: Born to Be a Teacher

I got Born to Be a Teacher. Career Quiz: Should You Become a Teacher?
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You seem to have all, or at least, most of the qualities that will make you a great teacher. Among these qualities are excellent speaking and listening skills, as well as the ability to instruct people. Strong time management is also crucial since teachers have a lot to do each day.

Teachers must be patient, which is what kids need when they are trying to learn difficult topics. They should be able to recognize a problem exists even if children don't necessarily report it. Excellent critical thinking will allow you to solve those problems. Teachers must be resourceful when trying to think of innovative ways to get their point across to students.

They have to fulfill certain educational requirements which always includes earning a bachelor's degree and may mean having to get a master's degree as well. Teachers' earnings aren't very high, and they often have work to do in addition to the hours of the typical school day.