Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

Teach occupational, career and technical, or vocational subjects at the secondary school level in public or private schools.

Median Annual Wage: $55,200

Education: Bachelor's degree (35%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (23%); Post-secondary certificate (17%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Teacher; Instructor; Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher (FACS Teacher); Technology Education Teacher; Business Education Teacher; Cosmetology Teacher; Agricultural Education Teacher; Allied Health Teacher; Welding Instructor; Marketing Education Teacher

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School.

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  • Prepare materials and classroom for class activities.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injury and damage.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Instruct students in the knowledge and skills required in a specific occupation or occupational field, using a systematic plan of lectures, discussions, audio-visual presentations, and laboratory, shop and field studies.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Assign and grade class work and homework.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
  • Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Plan and supervise work-experience programs in businesses, industrial shops, and school laboratories.
  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
  • Keep informed about trends in education and subject matter specialties.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Select, order, store, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Place students in jobs or make referrals to job placement services.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  • Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School.

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