AnnaMarie Houlis
Journalist & travel blogger

If you're a retired teacher looking for a fulfilling job to get you back to your busy (happy) place, look no further. Here are 15 jobs for retired teachers that you may find just as rewarding as your teaching career.

1. Professor

If you're a retired teacher but still miss teaching students, consider a job as a professor. A professor can earn about $78,470 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2. English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Teacher

Again, if you miss teaching, you can still do it! Teach English as a second language to students from or in other countries. You can do this in person or online. Tutors can earn about $26,970 per year without a degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

3. Entrepreneur

Earn your own income by working for yourself. You've already put in your time working for someone else — the school system — and now it's perhaps time for you to follow your passions and pursue self-employment. Maybe you want to start up that baking business you've been meaning to do for years but never had the time. Or perhaps you make jewelry and want to finally register for an LLC. Whatever it is, retirement may be the time to now get your own business off the ground, up and running.

4. Human Resources Professional

A human resources professional is responsible for recruiting, screening, interviewing and placing workers, as well as handling employee relations, compensation and benefits, and perhaps even training new-hires. Given your experience as a teacher, you're already equipped to handle and train new employees. And you can earn about $60,880 per year or $29.27 per hour doing it, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

5. Librarian

If you're already used to being around books and students, you may want to consider a job as a librarian once you're retired. Most libraries are open early, but you should be used to these early morning hours since you've been getting up early every day during the school years. Librarians earn about $59,050 per year, or about $28.39 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

6. Financial Planner

A financial planner is someone who can offer financial planning to both businesses and individuals who need to better manage their finances and plan for their financial futures. Financial planners can earn around $88,890 per year or $42.73 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, of course, having experience in lesson planning and helping students to set themselves up for success in their futures, too, can be majorly beneficial.

7. Consultant

A consultant is someone who offers advice and expertise to organizations or individuals in order to help them manage and improve their business performance. This might have to do with their profitability, their organizational structure, the strategies and processes or something else entirely. You're essentially responsible for teaching clients how to improve. And you can typically earn between $60,000 and $90,000 for doing it, according to Business Insider.

8. Virtual Assistant

Work from home in your retirement by taking a virtual assistant gig. You'd be responsible for all sorts of routine clerical and administrative duties that you're already used to handling as a teacher in charge of your own classroom. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can earn $38,880 per year, or $18.69 per hour as a virtual assistant.

9. Journalist

A journalist writes for a magazine, newspaper or online outlet either as a general reporter or with a specified beat. As a former teacher in a specific field, you already have the knowledge you need to color your content. Journalists make, on average, about $43,490 per year or $20.91 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

10. Novelist

A novelist might write fiction, non-fiction, westerns, romances, mysteries, fantasy, horror, action-adventure and other types of books. As a teacher, you might have experience teaching about a lot of famous novels or you might have enough in-depth knowledge on a specific subject (like philosophy or history, for examples) that you can write your own novel. A novelist can earn upwards of about $62,820 per year, according to PayScale. Of course, if your novel is a hit, you can earn a lot more than that, too.

11. Executive Assistant

An executive assistant earns an average total compensation of $47,656, according to PayScale. Their primary responsibility is to serve the executive of a company, helping out with an array of administrative tasks. Again, because you already have experience at the helm of your own classroom, you know how to take the lead and support your executive.

12. Event Planner

An event planner may plan parties, business conferences, weddings and other sorts of events. And, thanks to your years of experience planning lessons for the classroom, planning is already your strong suit. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, event planners can earn about $49,370 per year or $23.74 per hour.

13. Social Worker

A social work earns about $49,470 per year or $23.79 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although some social workers only need a bachelor’s degree in social work, some clinical social workers do need to have a master’s degree, at least two years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting and a lisense in their state, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So you may need additional schooling to obtain a job as a social worker, but your experience as a teacher can certainly help you in your job hunt. 

14. Caretaker

A caretaker is someone who may look after children, elders or even animals — just as a teacher essentially looks after their students. And caretakers can earn about $23,950 per year or $11.51 per hour doing their jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You, of course, can earn even more money depending on how often you provide care and to whom you provide care.

15. Personal Fitness Trainer

If you already have experience teaching a subject like math or science or English, why not try your hand at teaching something else — such as fitness or nutrition to clients instead of students. A personal trainer can earn about $39,820 per year or $19.15 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, doing exactly what teachers do: leading, instructing and motivating.

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AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog,, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreportand Facebook.