Elementary School Teachers
(Except Special Education)

risk level
Based on 269 votes
by year 2032
or $29.66 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

12% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Originality

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

User poll

27% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 12% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education' job openings is expected to rise 4.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education' was $61,690, or $29 per hour

'Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education' were paid 33.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 1,394,200 people employed as 'Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education' within the United States.

This represents around 0.9% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 106 people are employed as 'Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education'.

Job description

Teach academic and social skills to students at the elementary school level.

SOC Code: 25-2021.00


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Mike (Low) says
Even with technology, someone still has to be there to facilitate learning for the kids. Additionally, disciplinary actions must be employed for those who goof off or don't show interest in learning.
Jul 17, 2022 at 04:47 AM
Ket Autor (Uncertain) says
The interaction of teacher and student is very important in learning. There may be an advantage of it (robotics) but there are lots of disadvantages.

1. Students may not have the opportunity to bond with their teacher, since teachers are our second parent in school,
2. Let's always bare in mind that robots are being manipulated by man, meaning authentic learning from an authentic human is really needed because of it's experiences being shared to students.
Oct 24, 2021 at 02:43 AM
Sofia (No chance) says
Robots can never take a teacher's job. I think that people are too paranoid about this AI/robotics madness.
May 13, 2021 at 01:40 PM
Kait (No chance) says
You need humans to teach humans lol
Apr 14, 2021 at 08:03 PM
Homokiné Czövek Henrietta (Moderate) says
Even with technology, there is a need for a teacher who makes learning easier.
Jan 30, 2021 at 12:42 PM
mfleh mfleh says
Even with technology, there needs to be a teacher to facilitate the learning.
Jul 23, 2020 at 09:00 AM
Jamalia says
For me, interaction with the teacher personally is still the best way of learning process. We may use technologies as our references.
May 06, 2020 at 09:44 AM
Aaron says
Khan Academy and MOOC's are the future of education. AI can easily determine if young people are learning. At least in my opinion.
Dec 03, 2019 at 08:38 PM
Aaron (Highly likely) says
With the internet it's possible to have education entirely online. Tablets, smart phones etc. etc. Khan academy for example.
Dec 03, 2019 at 08:30 PM
National Teacher Shortage Crisis (Uncertain) says
There's a national teacher shortage. 50% of all new teachers are projected to leave the profession within their first 5 years. Experienced teachers are running from the profession and fewer every year are entering it. This is a national crisis everyone's ignoring. Eventually it will sink in and people will start looking for solutions. In our current culture, that solution certainly doesn't lean towards incentivizing new teachers to enter and stay in the profession. What do you do to fix this problem? The answer that's easy, that causes the least disruption, that requires the least change in the system, that is cost effective, is automation. What seems more likely? Drastic cultural and systematic change, or people like Mark Zuckerberg, who have literally said they are investing in the development of these educational technologies, actually taking advantage of new market and filling the demand with automation?
Jul 01, 2019 at 08:53 AM
Gabriela Kypuros says
Is an AI able to display empathy or inspire students?
Do we want empaths ( AI ) to teach children about social skills
Jan 25, 2023 at 10:35 PM
Janice Reid (No chance) says
Even with technology, there needs to be a teacher to facilitate the learning.
Jun 25, 2019 at 04:14 PM

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