Preschool, Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Special Education Teachers

risk level
Based on 1,375 votes
by year 2030
or $29.41 per hour
as of 2022

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from .


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Automation risk

9% (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.

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32% 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 9% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Preschool, Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Special Education Teachers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of '' job openings is expected to rise 8.9% by 2030

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 '' was $61,180, or $29 per hour

'' were paid 32.1% 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 4,177,640 people employed as '' within the United States.

This represents around 2.8% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 35 people are employed as ''.

Job description

This category comprises of these occupations:
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Special Education Teachers, Elementary School
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
Adapted Physical Education Specialists
Special Education Teachers, Middle School
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten
Special Education Teachers, Preschool

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Melissa (Moderate) says
The teacher shortage will continue.
Jan 12, 2023 at 04:04 PM
Richard Connelly says
there is a UNDENABLY human element of learning, people talk to people. and i believe it's safe to say, people LEARN from people.
Dec 07, 2022 at 04:20 AM
Jeetendra Soni (Low) says
A human interaction cannot be replaced by a robot
Nov 21, 2022 at 11:08 AM
Ramona (Low) says
Because teaching is a profession that requires critical thinking and robots cannot do that.
Sep 24, 2022 at 06:13 AM
gracie (No chance) says
Teachers are an important part of our world as they nurture students and help them grow as people, not just learners. They help in a way that AI never could.
Sep 22, 2022 at 06:59 PM
Jackson (Low) says
Humans can associate more with the children they teach because they have human emotion and common sense, while robots lack all of that.
Sep 09, 2022 at 03:57 PM
Mike (Moderate) says
Since COVID and the lockdowns of schools, Pandora's box has been opened. Tech companies are creating new technologies that can help children, from literacy to math. It is just a matter of time.
Jul 18, 2022 at 10:34 PM
Lesley (Low) says
Covid showed us that children are more successful when they are able to build relationships with their teachers and one another.
Jul 11, 2022 at 05:25 PM
Babylyn M. Basco says

HOW DO ROBOTS HELP STUDENTS? Through play, educational robots help children develop one of the basic cognitive skills of mathematical thinking at an early age: computational thinking. That is, they help develop the mental process we use to solve problems of various kinds through an orderly sequence of actions
Jul 11, 2022 at 01:47 AM
Sebastian (No chance) says
AI, or automation in general, is far from being able to adapt or accommodate the needs of all kinds of students. The complexity of the different personalities that enter a classroom is too much for an AI to be seen as a substitute for a human teacher or interaction.

On the other hand, I can see an increase in "self-taught" tools and homeschooling in the next 20 years. This is a threat to teachers in general, but it is not related to AI or robots.
Jul 04, 2022 at 06:29 PM
Ngan Chi Leung (Low) says
Because the relationship between teacher and student cannot be replaced by AI
May 20, 2022 at 01:23 AM
Doesn't matter (Highly likely) says
Most teaching jobs will be online soon, and ESL companies are already working on collecting data that could potentially be used to make artificial teachers that respond to individual students' cues and needs.
May 13, 2022 at 12:38 PM
Ana (Highly likely) says
Teaching education is highly automatable, and as we saw during the pandemic, if there were online classes, there would not be a huge need for an actual person to teach. This task can be done better with robots in the mid-range future.
May 04, 2022 at 05:44 AM
Anonymous says
I agree with this, they can't make a student care about something if it's not a human as they can't make connections.
Feb 11, 2022 at 02:21 PM
Alden (Low) says
There are many online, self-guided learning tools online. I believe automated learning will take a somewhat larger portion of the teaching role over time but will not replace it. We need live people to interact with and learn from.
Feb 09, 2022 at 03:35 PM
Orit (Low) says
Students need teachers to mediate learning. School is also important for the development of social and personal skills and not just for learning.
Nov 20, 2021 at 09:11 AM
John Cena (Moderate) says
Robots know almost everything
Oct 26, 2021 at 02:25 PM
Desmond says
It doesn't mean they can teach.... They are not even fast learners
Jan 17, 2023 at 11:25 AM
Abu Taher Mohammed Amirunnabi Choudhury (Low) says
The teaching profession is mainly based on brain working. AI should be developed enough to replace human teachers with robots. At the moment AI technology isn't developed enough to replace human teachers.
Sep 10, 2021 at 03:24 PM

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