BUT – they quit at far lower rates than any other profession. Public educators quit at a rate of 83 per 10,000 per month while workers overall quit at almost 3X time rate – 231 voluntary departures per 10,000 workers in 2018.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the 0.83% departure rate per month is the highest on record since this started being tracked in 2001.
This tends to happen in teaching. In 2009 when the economy was first started coming out of a very deep recession, the rate of teachers leaving was 0.48%. People go into education when the economy is bad and stay there.
But this is more than just the economy at full employment – this is also about millenials and gen x/y – they switch jobs and careers more often than baby boomers who tended to stay in one job.
According to Gallup, 21% of millennials say they’ve changed jobs within the past year, which is more than three times the number of non-millennials who report the same. Millennials also show less willingness to stay in their current jobs. Half of millennials — compared with 60% of non-millennials — strongly agree that they plan to be working at their company one year from now.
So – teachers a leaving because this generation is not as connected as previous generations and with a great economy and low unemployment, teachers are leaving at greater rates.
That means – there are great teaching jobs out there right now and we need more programs that help people get into the classroom quickly and efficiently.