Here’s a good article explaining the challenges science teachers face and the high turnover in the field.
With very little experience behind her [Melissa Guinta] and limited resources at her disposal, many science teachers would buckle under the pressure of corralling a group of rowdy 9th, 10th and 11th graders and abandon the profession.
Guinta was recently accepted to participate in the National Science Teacher’s Association’s New Science Teacher Academy, a program which aims to keep science teachers in the profession by equipping them with strategies to survive in the classroom.
“It’s really a battle everyday to try to teach the kids.” Guinta said. “They learn if I push them to learn. Everyday you’re pushing against this wall and its exhausting.”
Many science majors who enter the teaching profession leave within a matter of a few years for high-wage jobs in fields like engineering.
The revolving door that science teachers pass through is a cycle the association is trying to curb. While the more experienced science teachers leave the profession for better opportunities, a new wave of fledgling science teacher take their place.
“One of our goals is to try to keep Science Teachers in the profession,” said Paul Tingler, project manager for the academy. “Teachers today are asked to do an extremely difficult job with limited resources.”
Here’s a link to the New Science Teacher Academy.