Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach or instruct vocational or occupational subjects at the postsecondary level (but at less than the baccalaureate) to students who have graduated or left high school. Includes correspondence school, industrial, and commercial instructors; and adult education teachers and instructors who prepare persons to operate industrial machinery and equipment and transportation and communications equipment. Teaching may take place in public or private schools whose primary business is education or in a school associated with an organization whose primary business is other than education.

Median Annual Wage: $48,360

Education: Post-secondary certificate (44%); Bachelor's degree (24%); High school diploma or equivalent (11%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Teacher; Instructor; Professor; Business Instructor; Flight Instructor; Cosmetology Instructor; Medical Assistant Instructor; Practical Nursing Instructor; Automotive Instructor; Automotive Technology Instructor

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary.

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  • Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress, provide feedback, and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Determine training needs of students or workers.
  • Administer oral, written, or performance tests to measure progress and to evaluate training effectiveness.
  • Prepare reports and maintain records such as student grades, attendance rolls, and training activity details.
  • Conduct on-the-job training classes or training sessions to teach and demonstrate principles, techniques, procedures, or methods of designated subjects.
  • Integrate academic and vocational curricula so that students can obtain a variety of skills.
  • Develop curricula and plan course content and methods of instruction.
  • Present lectures and conduct discussions to increase students' knowledge and competence using visual aids, such as graphs, charts, videotapes, and slides.
  • Participate in conferences, seminars, and training sessions to keep abreast of developments in the field, and integrate relevant information into training programs.
  • Develop teaching aids such as instructional software, multimedia visual aids, or study materials.
  • Supervise independent or group projects, field placements, laboratory work, or other training.
  • Select and assemble books, materials, supplies, and equipment for training, courses, or projects.
  • Prepare outlines of instructional programs and training schedules and establish course goals.
  • Provide individualized instruction and tutorial or remedial instruction.
  • Advise students on course selection, career decisions, and other academic and vocational concerns.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary.

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