Ditch the Classroom: These 3 Online Teaching Gigs are Hiring Right Now

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Ask any disgruntled student — the classroom isn’t always the best place to be.

Even for teachers. And it doesn’t have to be.

When you think of teaching, you probably imagine the big desk with an apple and a whiteboard behind it (I still imagine chalkboards, but that’s so 1990s). However, if you have education credentials you can put your degree to use working in a variety of settings — including at home.

Yes, you can teach in your pajamas. It’s a thing.

Or, if you’re passionate about working in the classroom and interacting with your students face-to-face, you might consider a remote teaching job as a side gig to bring in some extra income. Summer break is right around the corner.

3 Companies Hiring for Online Teaching Jobs Right Now

For teachers — or former teachers — looking for a change of scenery, check out these three work-from-home jobs below:

1. Full-Time Online Tutors with ArborBridge

ArborBridge, an Los Angeles-based educational services firm, is looking for tutors to work with students around the globe on SAT and ACT prep and various academic subjects.

This is a full-time position that’ll work for early birds, night owls or anyone who’s very flexible with their days, as tutors will have to accommodate students in multiple international time zones (especially Asian and European time zones).

Tutors can set their own schedules but must be available five days a week, including one weekend day.

In addition to up to 30 hours a week of private online teaching sessions, tutors will be responsible for completing administrative tasks (like logging lesson notes and corresponding with families) and attending monthly online professional development workshops and trainings.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience as an SAT/ACT tutor. Preference will be given to applicants who can teach Advanced Placement math and/or science subjects. Access to reliable, high-speed internet is a must.

ArborBridge offers a base salary of $47,500 to $70,000 for this position, depending on experience. Tutors can also earn quarterly and annual bonuses, and they have the option to enroll in the company’s health insurance plan.

If you’re interested in this job, visit ArborBridge’s careers page to apply.

2. Evaluator with TestBest

TestBest, a Silicon Valley-based education technology company, is looking for certificated teachers to work as test prep evaluators.

The company tapped Kaplan Test Prep to develop an app to provide students studying for the TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language, with feedback on their practice test performance.

For this remote job, evaluators will assess written and spoken responses to TOEFL practice exams and submit feedback of the students’ performance on a strict deadline.

Candidates must have a 4-year degree and either teaching certifications or a master’s degree in an applicable area. Access to a reliable computer and stable internet connection is also a requirement.

TestBest is especially looking for candidates who have experience teaching or tutoring for the TOEFL or other standardized tests and who have experience with international students (Chinese students a plus). It also looks good if you work well with mobile applications and online education platforms.

Evaluators will be paid per completed evaluation and can earn up to $25 for each one. The amount of compensation is dependent upon the amount of work done.

TestBest advises this position requires a part-time commitment. Those contracted for the job can set their own schedules.

3. Various Positions with Study.com

Study.com has over a dozen remote contractor positions open for teachers interested in creating lesson plans, tutoring or simply writing about education. Contractors creating K-12 lesson plans need to have a master’s degree and teaching experience. While a degree is a plus for online tutors, one is not required.

Candidates who want to create education- and career-related articles as freelance writers must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work history as well as experience in online content writing or editing.

The site is also hiring numerous work-from-home jobs for professionals who can create lesson plans to help people studying for professional certifications in accounting, architecture and interior design, criminal justice, engineering, finance, health and nursing, or real estate. These contractors need to hold professional certifications themselves and have experience in their field.

All remote positions allow contractors to choose their own schedule. Compensation is project-based, and pay is distributed twice monthly.

Your Turn: Would you ditch the classroom to teach from home?

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She tutored back in the day but, sadly, it was all unpaid, volunteer work.