IOWA CITY — A vegan teaching position is becoming more common, thanks to a growing number of new jobs being posted online, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A job posting for a vegan teaching assistant posted Monday on a site called Jobspring.com shows a job for an assistant to teach at a preschool in Iowa City.
It pays $15 per hour, according the site.
“We offer a career-based education in humanistic ethics and compassion,” the posting reads.
“Teaching is an exciting, fulfilling opportunity for all who love and support our planet.”
A search for “vegan” on Google News brings up hundreds of jobs for “caring” positions, according, to the BLS.
The most recent job posting listed an associate with a high school in Iowa, a nursing school in Cedar Rapids and an elementary school in Sioux Falls.
An associate with an elementary schools in Iowa Falls, Iowa, also posted Monday.
The BLS has been reporting that a lot of new positions are being posted to its online job database for more than a year.
Many of the jobs posted Monday are for teachers, and most of them pay about $15 an hour, said Rachel Stahl, director of communications for the Belsing College of Education at the University of Iowa.
For example, an associate teaching a kindergarten class in the University Heights neighborhood of Des Moines posted a job listing for an elementary teacher on Tuesday.
It pays $17 an hour.
Some of the posts on Jobspring include a salary range for the positions and detailed information about the position, Stahl said.
Job seekers have to fill out the job posting in person and the Busesing College also provides job-search tips and job-matching services, she said.
I think that’s going to be very helpful for people who are thinking about applying for positions, said Stahl.
The site also provides tips for how to find a job, including looking for a local business, looking for people in the area and looking at jobs with schools, she added.
This is the first year I’ve seen it come out, said Jennifer Auer, a senior writer for the Des Moines Register.
But the trend is really positive, she told the Register.
I think we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg, she noted.
In 2016, nearly 500,000 people applied for teaching jobs in the United States, according an April report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The number of job openings for teaching positions in Iowa has increased from 3,634 in 2016 to 6,716 in 2017, according data compiled by the Bureau.
One of the top five occupations in the state is teachers, according Census data, which is also available online.