Government reforms mean the teaching profession now offers the opportunity for rapid career progression.
This is the view of Nick Gibb, minister of state for schools, who recently discussed the issue during a speech in London.
"For bright and ambitious young graduates, a career in teaching now offers rapid advancement opportunities to rival any other profession," he stated.
Mr Gibb added that if schools are to continue improving, they must reward both hard work and ambition rather than focusing solely on the amount of time someone has worked in the profession.
The minister claimed that the government will have achieved its aims if, in the near future, teaching is widely regarded as "one of the most exciting, rewarding and fulfilling" career paths open to young people.
Mr Gibb claimed becoming a headteacher is not the only route open to talented individuals, with multi-academy trusts in particular requiring leaders with a wide range of abilities.