The Best Job in Education?

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It’s time we get to the bottom of this age-old question that has been hashed and rehashed in teachers’ lounges for the last 100 years (or it’s just something I think about… hard to tell).

Who has the best job in education?The Mystery of the Best Job in Education.

I’m talking about K-12 education, so college professors who “work” 3 hours a day twice a week don’t count (let the emails begin… please include “Don’t Forget We Have Office Hours” in the subject line… ).  I can almost hear my readership on college campuses plummeting.

Who has the best job is a very difficult question.

An easier question is who has the worst job.  I could get to the bottom of this in a matter of minutes (by minutes I mean seconds).

I can ask anyone who works for a school who has the worst job, and they will all say the same thing. 

“I do.”  

Everyone thinks their job is the most difficult and demanding in education.  And the world.  And universe.  And whatever is bigger than the universe.

Since this question is easily answered, we can focus on who has the best job.

Personally, I think a job where you sit at home and blog about nothing (not in a tie, unshaven, and holding a certain unnamed handsome beagle) would be the absolutely best job in education.

Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be an economic possibility (since this unnamed beagle eats a LOT… which is understandable because he needs his strength to… well, nap all day… and sleep all night).

To understand who has the best job in education (which isn’t easy because it’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle tucked in a conundrum), I’ve decided to break it down by position.

First up are Athletic Directors.  This can’t be the best job because fans get angry when the AD hires a bad referee.  Of course, this statement assumes there are good referees (sorry, coaching flashback).  Plus they spend way too much time in a gymnasium.  You can only lean on a wall or sit in the bleachers for so long before your back hurts.

Bookkeepers can’t have the best job because there is far too much responsibility with way too much money (hopefully they have money to worry about…).  Plus employees of the district get SO upset when their paychecks are a few weeks late.

Coaches get fired.  A lot.  And if they don’t get fired this year, it’s very likely they will be fired next year.  So they can’t have the best job because they may not have a job by the time they are done reading this.

Custodians.  Vomit and toilets (individually not too bad, but together they make a horrific partnership).  Enough said on this subject (until a few sentences from now).

Dean of Students.  This job is similar to being a principal, but without any of the good parts (this assumes there are good parts).

Lunch Ladies have to feed hundreds of children who don’t like what they are serving.  This is especially true when the food is green.  Plus, you have to wear a hair net.  Not a good look.

Maintenance Man.  No chance.  Kids break things and while that provides a certain amount of job security, it happens so frequently this job is work.

Principal.  No way.  People yell at the principal and then threaten to sue.  Vomit and/or toilets would be a step up. 

The School Nurse is out because vomit is the least of their troubles.  Illness (Hello, Swine Flu) and huge amounts of responsibility takes them out of the running.

Secretaries are in charge of… well everything.  Definitely not the best job but certainly a candidate for the most challenging job.

Superintendent.  Nope.  You can throw this job in the same category as bookkeepers.  Lots of money (if all is going well) and a ton of responsibility.  Plus, they get paid a lot, so people don’t like them.

Teachers have students in their classrooms all day.  Enough said.  I don’t think I even need to talk about the shear number of papers they have to grade.

Technology People.  I don’t think so.  If a staff member has a computer/printer/SmartBoard/projector/anything electric and it’s not working… they want the Tech Person driven out to the middle of nowhere and left for dead.  If people want you killed, this officially takes you out of the running for the best job.

Substitute teachers.  Get serious.  Students who hate school get excited when there is a sub.  Not a good sign.  It’s hard enough controlling kids when you know their names.

All of these positions have issues that disqualifies them from receiving the title of Best Job in Education.

So if not these, which job is the Best in Education?


It’s a no brainer.

Assistant Superintendent.

This is without a doubt (like I have a clue) the absolute Best Job in Education.


Two reasons.  One, who knows what this person looks like?  And two, who knows what this person does?

They are ghosts.

Enigmas if you will.

They work for the school… or do they?

They are seldom seen or heard (again, let the emails begin… please include “You Have No Idea How Hard I Work” in the subject line).

You know who hates this person?


Absolutely nobody.

This qualifies them (easily) as the winner of the Best Job in Education.

No matter what job you hold… Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Great Holiday Season!

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8 Responses to “The Best Job in Education?”

  1. AllanahK
    on Nov 24th, 2009
    @ 7:27 pm

    I think teachers have the best job ‘cos they have such funny/interesting work stories. Every day the kids make me laugh. And when the classroom gets too much you take the kids out for a game and they love it and you get paid to play softball while the kids do handi-stands on the outfield and make daisy chains!

    Or maybe and ICT facilitator- you get to go round a variety of schools imparting learned advice to grown-ups who are insanely grateful for someone who knows how to animate words in a Powerpoint and insert photographs, who knows how to do a Google image search and has shared their bookmarks in Delicious so they don’t have to go looking themselves for good stuff for their classrooms.

  2. Teach_J
    on Nov 24th, 2009
    @ 7:54 pm

    Librarians – get to read books and help kids find books to read. Plus all the great posters and book marks.

    Anyone at the administration level with a job titled “coordinator.” They don’t deal with students, parents or usually teachers. They create curriculum and mandate things that they themselves don’t have to implement.

    Gym teachers (who don’t coach) I know this is rare, but they get to go outside some days and a lot of kids enjoy the break from textbooks, essays and word problems.

  3. Bonita DeAmicis
    on Nov 24th, 2009
    @ 8:05 pm

    Funny article! Thank you for the laugh right before Thanksgiving.

  4. Pat
    on Nov 25th, 2009
    @ 4:23 am

    My hubby says that the Vice President of the US is pretty much in the same position. He really doesn’t offend anyone because we really don’t know what he actually does. Of course, asst. superintendents might get stuck with all the work while the superintendent gets all the glory. I’m not sure that is a good thing either. I think the district maintenance guys who travel to different schools fixing things that the school guys can’t fix have it made. I remember they used to hang out in my classroom (the old home ec room) and I would give them cookies and coffee. Sometimes they would even join in the class discussion. I think they only went to one school a day and hung out so they didn’t have to fix anything else the rest of the day. :)

  5. Jeff Kresge
    on Nov 25th, 2009
    @ 4:42 pm

    When I die, I hope to come back as an elementary school PE teacher. Forget the Sabbath – 3rd graders worship at PE. Think of the lanyard as the Good Book. When I had the good fortune to have a long term sub as a PE teacher in an elementary school, I knew I choose the right profession. Kids ran to class despite being harrassed by the overworked classroom teacher to stay in line. They begged to be allowed to run, run, run. The lesson was never long enough.

    Then I was hired as a middle school social studies teacher. Funny, no one begs me for more time studying the Constitution.

  6. Michael Linsin
    on Nov 26th, 2009
    @ 12:03 pm

    Good article. Very funny. I have to agree with Jeff. Elementary PE teacher–hands down–has the best job in education. Kids can’t wait to go to PE, the prep is relatively easy, and there is always lots of laughter.

  7. dcowart
    on Nov 27th, 2009
    @ 8:42 pm

    I have to agree with elementary PE teacher. Shorts all year long, sneakers and little kids love gym. I was a teacher and now I am a principal and being a principal is much more difficult.

  8. MamaLoca
    on Nov 29th, 2009
    @ 7:40 am

    Bus Drivers, you didn’t even mention Bus Drivers. Hehe, just another group to add to your list of stalkers.

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