I won’t go back over the disadvantages of the job that you’ve already mentioned. I will add that one of the biggest disadvantages remains
the noise level in a classroom, combined with a lack of curiosity
Many people don’t know this, but it’s tiring to hear thirty people holler for an hour, two hours or more, and it affects the quality of the course you give them in return. On the other hand, with the pleasant classes – so relatively calm and eager to learn – you can even do ten hours of classes a day that won’t tire you out very much – if like me you are young, healthy and passionate about your field.
On the other hand, I will qualify one of your arguments “against”, because the salary is not as low as you seem to think. Objectively, the salary is not very high compared to the cost of living in France, and compared to the level of education and knowledge required to be a professor (Bac+5, hundreds of works, one or two research papers done, a national competition and a year of internship with inspections) but it allows you to live quite well from the beginning of your career, without being easy either. Moreover, the level of salary varies according to the time worked: there is nothing to prevent a teacher from working overtime in his or her establishment, giving private lessons, or even carrying out a secondary professional activity, taking into account the free time he or she enjoys. At that point in time, the salary is no longer the same at all.
I see for the teaching profession, two categories of benefits:
The best reason of all to practice this profession is still the
. Based on the principle that the absolute priorities of our civilization are
health, safety and education
the teaching profession meets the third of its priorities. Transmitting is one of the noblest things in the world; many end up understanding it and from a certain age everyone ends up wanting to be the “teacher of something”, even outside the educational system, because it is profoundly human, and it is a generational duty to transmit what one has learned to form the future generation: by becoming a private teacher, trainer, coach, writer, father, etc….
At the same time, I can see how frightening it can be: being a teacher is quite a responsibility, because you train future citizens, helping them if possible to become better human beings, giving them the desire to become adults.
Now, if you want more pragmatic advantages, I can also give you some: the job can be non-repetitive, and every day can be different, bringing its share of surprises, because you “work on people”. What’s more, teaching is the only job in the civil service that combines job security with a vast area of freedom. Indeed, on the one hand you can practice without fear for your job every minute of the day, which is still a significant saving of stress. On the other hand, you are relatively free – because teachers are the only civil servants who do not have a boss -, so you are the only master on board, organise your course as you wish, and have considerable free time allowing you to engage in the activities you want, to carry out a complementary professional activity, to look after your possible children, and more generally to enjoy every second of having escaped from the slavery of 8am – 6pm. I would add that the atmosphere at work with colleagues is generally very relaxed and friendly, although this certainly varies according to the establishments and their classification.