Educators Can Work from Home, Too
Educators in their first few years of teaching at the college level are often known as “road warriors,” because they have to drive back and forth from university to community college to vocational school in order to get enough hours to make anything remotely resembling a living wage. Very rarely will one school hire an instructor full-time. That’s for professors with tenure. Anyone who’s been in the field for less than ten or twenty years is more likely to have to piece together a job here and a job there. This can mean spending as much time in the road as in the classroom. Or…you could get into the rapidly growing field of online learning and never have to leave the house. These are just a few of the jobs you’ll find that allow you to telecommute:
- Teaching an online course at a school with a physical campus
- Teaching for an online-only school
- Tutoring online
- Correcting, editing, or offering advice on papers online
Teaching from Home
Just as it’s becoming more and more popular to work from home, the popularity of getting an education from home has been skyrocketing as well. Getting an online education allows people who already have a day job to easily structure their education around their work schedule. It also eliminates the need to physically commute to the nearest college campus that offers the type of courses they want or need. Now is a great time to take advantage of this burgeoning field. Both traditional colleges and universities with a physical campus and an ever-increasing list of online-only schools are frequently looking for instructors to teach online classes. If you have a great deal of knowledge and interest in a particular field but fear public speaking, as many people do, this could be a perfect career for you. If you just want to avoid the hassle of driving to work, it’s a great idea as well.
Tutoring Made Easier
Just as today’s college students often prefer to avoid the time and expense of commuting to a physical campus, overworked parents often prefer to avoid adding to their after-school labors by having to cart their kids to a Sylvan or Kaplan learning center for tutoring, on top of all the miles they’re already putting on the family SUV by taking the kids to soccer practice. There are many online tutoring firms that have sprung up to fill this emerging need, and it’s worth a search to see which of these might be able to use somebody with your particular skill set. Actually, you don’t even have to find a tutoring agency to hire you. It’s very easy to work independently in an online job as a tutor–all you need to do is set up a website for yourself and do some creative marketing. Instead of earning a small percentage of what students would be paying your employer for your tutoring services, you have the opportunity to pocket it all yourself.