As ff524's comment suggests, you seem to have a couple different questions, so this is only a partial answesr: One thing to consider is that, if you have little experience teaching, you may not have an accurate view of how much you will like it as a career. This is not to say that you're wrong, just that you might want to view teaching jobs not just as a chance to "do what you love" but also as a chance to explore options and find out what you love. Also, liberal arts jobs and teaching jobs are not synonymous. At least in the US, there are a number of teaching-focused jobs other than those in liberal arts schools --- notably visiting professorships and jobs at two-year colleges. As the name suggests, visiting professorships typically last only for a limited time, perhaps a year or two. However, this could be an advantage if you want to take a shot at a teaching career: you get a chance to teach for a while, and at the end of your time in that job, if you like it, you have more teaching experience can more confidently apply for a permanent teaching job; if you don't like it, no problem, since you're leaving anyway. Jobs at two-year colleges ("junior colleges" or "community colleges") are also an option. These jobs are often perceived as less prestigious than jobs at four-year colleges, and pay is often lower. However, there are a lot more of them than teaching-jobs at four-year colleges, because essentially every community college faculty position is devoted primarily to teaching. This, again, can make it a good option if you would like to gain teaching experience and see how you like the teaching life. It will probably be easier to get a teaching job at a community college than at a liberal-arts college. As Brian Borchers notes in his comment, there are also "regional" colleges that offer four-year degrees but are primarily oriented towards teaching. These are somewhere in between community colleges and big research schools. At these schools, research would be part of your job, but not as much as at a major research university. If you have the chance to teach a course before you graduate, do your best to make it happen. If that turns out not to be possible, try to get some other kind of teaching experience. For instance, you could teach a workshop or short class as part of a conference or the like. As you might expect, it's difficult to get a teaching job without teaching experience, so if you really want to do that, you should make maximum use of your remaining time in grad school to get whatever teaching experience you can.