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Teacher hiring expected to trend upward

Posted on May 7th, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

The hiring of educational professionals has been a mixed bag since the economy faltered. There have been massive layoffs in recent years, as well as limited hiring.

For instance, Baltimore County, Maryland – the nation's 25th largest school district – added 341 teachers last academic year, a far cry from the 1,000 teachers it hired five years ago, WBAL-TV reports.

However, in honor of Tuesday's National Teacher Day, Wanted Analytics looked at recent hiring trends for U.S. teachers and found that over the past 60 days, 61,000 job listings were posted online for educational professionals – a 14 percent increase from the same time period in 2011.

Secondary school teachers saw the greatest volume of job ads during that time period (8,563), while elementary school teacher postings saw a 31.2 percent increase compared to 2011.

Whether teachers are taken on as a full-time, part-time or temporary worker, researchers found that knowledge of Microsoft Office was the No. 1 required skill. Adobe Photoshop (No. 6), Linux (No. 7) and Adobe Dreamweaver (No. 10) were also deemed important. 

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