Currently on my first year of JET and fully aware that JET is pretty much as good as it is going to get for teaching English here at the primary/secondary level. I know that all the other companies pretty much sucks (and I know pretty much everyone else agrees with me). The main reason I became interested in Japan is that I'm half-Japanese and spent a lot of my summer's here growing up. I graduated from a top college (yes, I realize that sounds douchey) back home so with networking should be able to eventually land a semi-decent job back in the US.
BUUUT, I'm wondering how many people end up teaching English in Japan as a career (get married, have kids etc).
What can the pay for a direct hire top out at after 10/15 years? 4.5mil?
I've read other threads saying that it's pretty much stupid to be a career English teacher and I kind of feel the same way except for a couple of facts.
I feel like I would be perfectly content teaching in the Inaka, small town (I enjoy the community feeling), maybe be like some of the other Japanese ALTs in my town who farm rice on the side and are essentially the same as a JET job.
How would I be able to farm rice you ask? Well, hopefully the person I marry would have parents who grow rice etc. There seems to be a much better chance of this in the Inaka.
I realize that most of the kyoinjyutakus are too small for raising a family (although the family down the hall with two children is somehow doing it where I live), but there's always the chance of inheriting the in-laws house right? Yes, I realize this would be a best-case scenario...