From teacher training to finding a job, this insightful guide provides vital information on what it takes to join and succeed in one of the most important and meaningful careers around. Packed with practical information, Becoming a Teacher offers potential teachers everything they need to know about succeeding in the field, including: The pros and cons of the teaching experience Job market outlook, hiring trends, benefits, and typical salaries The wide array of specialties within the field, plus guidance on becoming an administrator, guidance counselor, or librarian Suitability matching to help individuals decide if teaching is the right career for them A round-up of the BA, MA, MS, and alternative teaching certification programs available How to pass the admissions process with flying colors and find out about financial aid and scholarships What is needed to meet both traditional and alternative state certification requirements Sample job announcements and resumes plus what to expect in the interviewing process Tips on managing relationships with supervisors, the union, the board of education, and parents and guardians, plus insider information on what is not taught to teachers-how to deal with students In addition to an insightful overview of the teaching field, Becoming a Teacher also provides a comprehensive listing of professional associations, common terms and phrases used in the education field, and resources for finding additional information. Aside from parents, teachers are the most important adult figures in children's lives. After all, teachers play a key role in determining the future prospects of students. The good news for job seekers: this meaningful career is expected to add 479,000 positions by 2016.