Japan is a mainstay in the EFL world, with demand for English stretching back to the 80’s. The country itself is an adventure in its own right with a unique culture, a welcoming population, cutting edge technology, hot springs, volcanoes and even beaches. It is probably the best example of ardently preserved tradition mixed in with extreme modernity.
Although Japan has faced an economic slowdown, English teachers are in demand, and it isn’t too difficult to secure a well paying position in Japan. On that note the salary is quite high, and depending on lifestyle, teachers manage to save a bit. Japan provides a very safe environment on top of it all. The average salary for teachers in Japan ranges from $1500 -$3000 USD. The cost of living can be quite high, especially in major cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.
With a long history of employing EFL teachers, Japan has plenty of options. Keep in mind that due to competition, one should have a Bachelor degree in order to work in Japan in an EFL position. One of the longest running programs in Japan is called JET, in which EFL teachers are placed in public schools for 35 hour work weeks. It pays well (over $30,000 USD per year) and is a reputable program.
The other largest employers in Japan tend to be private language schools, which are more densely located in cities and big population areas. Some public schools also hire direct and will generally require a TEFL certificate in addition to a bachelor degree. Many positions can be applied to online before ever stepping foot in Japan. However, there are many more opportunities and better chances of securing employment from within the country. For building a life and career in the EFL world, Japan is a great choice!
If you want to start a life of teaching English in Japan, you’ll need to take the first step and get TEFL certified. This online qualification can be completed in 120 hours and gives you the training and know-how required by top schools in Japan, and around the world.