How To Get A Job Teaching English In Japan
So you are thinking about teaching English in Japan and you are wondering how to get a job? If that is correct then you are in the right place.
This post will get you started off in the right direction for finding a job teaching in Japan.
Here is a quick look at the teaching scene which was previously mentioned in "What's it REALLY like to teach English in Japan?"
Here's a quick overview of the scene teaching in Japan
- Requirements: 4 year degree & native English speaker, plus possible preferences for experience, TEFL certification, etc.
- Job Market: Most Competitive
- Average Salary: 250,000 Yen ($2,030) a month
- Cost of Living: Most expensive
- Housing: Not free, employers sometimes help find
- Airfare: Usually only a free flight home with the JET program
- Teaching hours: 22-30 a week
*These are just averages expect differences between institutions
What kind of school will you work in?
- Public school or university
Most teachers will work in either an eikaiwa or as an ALT (assistant language teacher) in a public school.
To work in a university you usually need to have a master's degree and experience.
Things you'll need to teach in Japan to get a visa
You need the same basic qualifications mentioned above which are normally:
- native English speaker
- 4 year degree
- Passport photos
- Documentation from your employer
Option 1: Going there to look
If you take a look at sites like Ohayosensei like in the pic above you'll soon see that most jobs are looking for teachers who are already in Japan.
So go over on a tourist visa and look for a job. Americans get three months free right of the boat/plane. You'll need plenty of cash without anything lined up, so I would recommend $5000 or more.
Hostels are going to cost at least $18-25 a night for a dorm bed.
Once you find a job your employer will help you change your visa status.
Option 2: Find a job online 1st
If going to Japan to look sounds too expensive or daunting then you can find a job in your home country. Some of the largest companies and organizations in Japan like:
- The JET program
All of the above companies and programs do some hiring from abroad. Learn more about some of these large companies.
Option 3: Working holiday visa
If you are a citizen of a common wealth country then you may be able to teach in Japan on a working holiday visa.
Websites for finding a job in Japan
Ohayosensei.com This site is especially good for finding a job in Japan if you are already there.
- How much money do I need to bring to Japan?
- The best websites for teaching in Japan
- More articles here on Japan.