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[[Teaching English|Work as an English teacher]] is available through various companies, with the desired minimum level of education being a Bachelor's degree. Schools prefer native English speakers, and
Native speakers of English who have four-year university degrees may find it easy to obtain employment in one of Korea's many private academies (''hagwon''). These schools have proliferated in response to perceived failings of the public education system, although there are also hagwons aimed at adult instruction. Often, people interested in these teaching positions find them via professional recruiters. There are pros and cons to teaching ESL in the hagwon system. On the plus side, the money can be quite good. As of late 2005, the average monthly salary is approximately 2 million KRW, and housing is usually provided. It's possible to live comfortably on half of one's salary, and to save the rest. However, it is important to evaluate each prospective employer before accepting an offer; tales of unscrupulous academy owners and incompetent directors abound.