Learn about the types of people who become physical education teachers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Employment Type Mix, 2022
62% of physical education teachers work in full-time roles while 38% work part-time.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a physical education teacher. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming physical education teachers at a ratio of 1.70 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2022
51% of physical education teachers are female and 49% are male.
Gender Bias, 2022
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a physical education teacher and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a physical education teacher and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are more men interested in becoming a physical education teacher than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of physical education teachers are White, making up 69% of the population. The next highest segments are Other and Black or African American, making up 8% and 8% respectively.