Thanks for starting this thread. I have never been happy in my career field (marketing) and am considering options for a career change with teaching being seriously considered. My sister and brother-in-law both teach, so I know a fair amount about the field. It's something that I could see far more rewarding then what I do now. My main hessitation is the income levels. To be clear, I don't care if I get rich or reach the SF norm and can live with the starting salaries as they are. It's the idea of getting into a career field that I could possible work over 10+ years and see little in the way of increased wages that does not sit well with me. Does the fact that years of hard work won't neccisarily bring you any monitary rewards bother any of you? I know my sister got her Masters Degree and ended up only seeing about a $3k increase to her yearly salary. It just seems like it could get to you after a while compared to most careers were hard work and investments in your education can yeild real rewards.