If you have skills in mathematics or science, you may want to consider checking with your local school district about teaching opportunities, even if you have no background in the field.
A Washington Post report this week profiles Steve Ingrassia, who left his job as a supervisor who handled classified contracts for the government to become a math teacher at Fairfax (Virginia) High School. I think kids need some role models. They need to know someone who can answer authoritatively when they ask, ‘When will I ever need to use algebra?’ Ingrassia told the newspaper. Ingrassia reportedly spent 30 years as an IT professional before becoming a teacher in his early fifties. The report notes that in Virginia, more than 2,000 people have joined programs offering training for those wishing to switch their careers to become teachers. A number of other states offer similar programs. Many media reports have discussed a nationwide teacher shortage, particularly in math and science. If you have the background, you may not be far away from a rewarding and stable career that lets you provide a valuable public service in the process.