Teach yourself an important number: Iowa has more than 146,000 jobs for educators.
Teachers comprise 10 percent of Iowa’s total workforce.

Schools across Iowa are known nationwide for providing strong educations, and it’s all thanks to the amazing educators that work here. We do, after all, have the top high school rate in the nation, at 91 percent, and the highest proficiency rate for math, reading and language in the Midwest.

Across public and private institutions, educational roles (including K-12 teachers, consultants, college and university employees, and instruction for everything from arts to sports) comprise 10 percent of our state’s employment. Thirty-five thousand teaching jobs open anew every year, and total employment in the education sector has grown nine percent in 10 years, during which time wages also increased by 30 percent.

Where are most of the teaching jobs? There are 338 school districts with 1,364 schools, plus 60 accredited universities in Iowa, each requiring the skills and patience only a qualified educator can provide. An average salary of $51,000 isn’t bad, either.


Iowa’s average student-to-teacher ratio is just 14:1 — nothing you can’t handle.

There’s no need to “solve for X” — if your career plans involve lesson plans, Iowa is your place to get a job, make a difference and make a good living.

Land Granted

Iowa State University in Ames was the first to embrace the Morrill Act of 1862, allowing it to be the first and oldest land-grant university in the nation.

Circa 1847

The University of Iowa, located in Iowa’s Creative Corridor, is the states oldest University, dating back to 1847.

Learn More

Looking for jobs in education or want to develop your teaching skills more? Future Ready Iowa can get you on track for a future career in the classroom.

Veterans Wanted

Find communities and employers offering specific benefits for Veterans at Homebase Iowa