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Study: Oklahoma is one of the worst states for teachers

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OKLAHOMA – It seems that if you want to become a teacher, Oklahoma may not be the best place for you.

A new study shows that Oklahoma is one of the worst states for teachers.

According to WalletHub, Oklahoma was ranked 41st on the list of best and worst states for teachers.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics.

WalletHub’s data set ranges from the median starting salary to the projected number of teachers per student by year 2022.

Overall Rank State ‘Job Opportunity & Competition’ Rank ‘Academic & Work Environment’ Rank
1 Massachusetts 9 3
2 Virginia 2 14
3 Minnesota 3 10
4 Wyoming 4 13
5 New Jersey 20 2
6 Iowa 7 15
7 Wisconsin 13 8
8 Pennsylvania 1 22
9 Kansas 23 7
10 Maryland 12 17
11 Illinois 18 12
12 New York 5 26
13 Vermont 37 1
14 Utah 14 20
15 Kentucky 16 19
16 New Hampshire 34 6
17 North Dakota 35 5
18 Nebraska 31 11
19 Montana 29 16
20 Michigan 8 35
21 Delaware 15 30
22 Ohio 26 21
23 Indiana 11 33
24 Missouri 21 27
25 Texas 17 32
26 District of Columbia 10 46
27 Florida 25 31
28 Colorado 41 9
29 Arkansas 32 23
30 Alabama 18 40
31 Nevada 6 50
32 Idaho 24 36
33 Tennessee 33 28
34 Connecticut 48 4
35 Alaska 22 47
36 California 28 44
37 Georgia 29 45
38 Washington 39 29
39 Maine 49 18
40 Louisiana 27 49
41 Oklahoma 35 42
42 South Dakota 43 25
43 New Mexico 40 41
44 Rhode Island 46 24
45 South Carolina 38 48
46 Hawaii 44 38
47 Oregon 45 37
48 Mississippi 47 43
49 Arizona 42 51
50 North Carolina 50 34
51 West Virginia 51 39

According to the study, Oklahoma also has one of the lowest rates for public school spending per student, coming in at 49th.