The levels of job satisfaction among those in a particular career track can provide useful guidance to those considering that type of employment and may also serve as a predictor of long-term retention of employees. The Humanities Indicators offers measures of job satisfaction for three populations: 1) teachers of humanities subjects at the precollegiate level (presented here); 2) the humanities professoriate; and 3) humanities majors in any type of employment.

I-24a: Percentage of Teachers Who Would Teach Again, by Main Teaching Assignment, 2011–2012*

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* Public and private schools (excluding Bureau of Indian Education schools, for which data were unavailable). Includes regular full- and part-time teachers, itinerant teachers, and long-term substitutes.
** General education includes: early childhood or pre-K, elementary grades, and special education.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, “Public and Private School Teacher Data Files,” 2011–2012. Data analyzed by National Center for Education Statistics staff. Data presented by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (

The category “humanities teacher” does not include what the Schools and Staffing Survey refers to as “general” educators in the elementary grades who spent a portion of their time teaching language arts, reading, history, and other humanities material.

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