June 17, 2022

Educators report highest level of burnout among all other industries

The new polling showing educators as the most burned-out group among all other industries is the latest in a series of data points that underscores the fragility of the education workforce.

A new Gallup poll shows that 44% of K-12 employees say they “always” or “very often” feel burned out at work, including 52% of teachers who report the same. Moreover, 35% of college and university workers say they “always” or “very often” feel burned-out at work – making K-12 and higher education the two industries with the highest rate of burnout, according to the new poll.

The polling is the latest in a series of data points that underscores the fragility of the education workforce and comes at an inflection point for the country’s public school system – one pushed to the brink by the coronavirus pandemic, overwhelmed with learning loss and mental health challenges and overrun with contentious political debates, including, once again, whether to arm teachers in the wake of the most recent mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

The coronavirus pandemic exacerbated many of the stressors for educators, especially at the K-12 level – forcing school districts to redirect central office staff to classrooms, ask recently retired teachers to return and put parents on a rotating schedule to provide support in their children’s classes. At least two states – New Mexico and Massachusetts – mobilized their National Guards to step in to teach, drive buses and serve meals.

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