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Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

Overview
Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Experience

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

Education

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Job Training

Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Examples

These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, neurologists, and veterinarians.

Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $34K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $50K
Median Salary: $69K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $102K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $153K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Explain and demonstrate artistic techniques.

Evaluate and grade students' class work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers.

Prepare students for performances, exams, or assessments.

Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as acting techniques, fundamentals of music, and art history.

Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

Organize performance groups and direct their rehearsals.

Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.

Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and performance pieces.

Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

Maintain or repair studio facilities.

Display students' work in schools, galleries, and exhibitions.

Participate in campus and community events.

Keep students informed of community events, such as plays and concerts.

Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

Act as advisers to student organizations.

Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
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Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
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Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
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Microsoft Excel
Video creation and editing software
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Web page creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
Web platform development software
JavaScript
Word processing software
Google Docs
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Arts and crafts equipment and accessories and supplies
Burnout kilns
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Computer projectors
Communications Devices and Accessories
Multi-line telephone systems
Components for information technology or broadcasting or telecommunications
Universal serial bus USB flash drives
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Computer laser printers
Consumer electronics
Digital video disk DVD players
Data Voice or Multimedia Network Equipment or Platforms and Accessories
Conference telephones
Hand tools
Band saws
Industrial process machinery and equipment and supplies
Paint booths
Industrial pumps and compressors
Portable air compressors
Laboratory supplies and fixtures
Metal crucibles
Lamps and lightbulbs and lamp components
General stage lighting
Lighting Fixtures and Accessories
Stage spotlights
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Infrared camera tracking systems
Merchandising furniture and accessories
Model stands
Metal cutting machinery and accessories
Laser cutting equipment
Metal forming machinery and accessories
Sheet metal brakes
Metal treatment machinery
Sandblasting guns
Musical Instruments and parts and accessories
Experimental hyperinstruments
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Digital calculators
Office supplies
Paper cutters
Paints and primers and finishes
Artists' paint brushes
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Compact digital cameras
Prefabricated buildings and structures
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Printing and publishing equipment
Vendercook presses
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Computer numerical control CNC routers
Textile and fabric machinery and accessories
Commercial sewing machines
Welding and soldering and brazing machinery and accessories and supplies
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Fine Arts
99%
Importance

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Education and Training
94%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language
86%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Communications and Media
72%
Importance

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

History and Archeology
68%
Importance

Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Psychology
68%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Computers and Electronics
65%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Philosophy and Theology
65%
Importance

Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

Sociology and Anthropology
63%
Importance

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Customer and Personal Service
60%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Top 10 Skills
Speaking
93%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Instructing
88%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Learning Strategies
83%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Active Learning
80%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Active Listening
80%
Importance

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.

Reading Comprehension
80%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing
78%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Monitoring
75%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking
73%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness
73%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Expression
85%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Comprehension
83%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Written Expression
83%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Oral Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Speech Clarity
80%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Near Vision
75%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Originality
75%
Importance

The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Speech Recognition
75%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Inductive Reasoning
73%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Deductive Reasoning
70%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Top 10 Work Activities
Thinking Creatively
98%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Training and Teaching Others
95%
Importance

Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
94%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Coaching and Developing Others
90%
Importance

Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
90%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
87%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
85%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Getting Information
81%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
81%
Importance

Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
80%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Detailed Work Activities

Teach humanities courses at the college level.

Evaluate student work.

Tutor students who need extra assistance.

Guide class discussions.

Develop instructional materials.

Maintain student records.

Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.

Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.

Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.

Develop instructional objectives.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Select educational materials or equipment.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Promote educational institutions or programs.

Perform student enrollment or registration activities.

Research topics in area of expertise.

Display student work.

Plan community programs or activities for the general public.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Coordinate student extracurricular activities.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Direct department activities.

Maintain facilities.

Repair structural components.

Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.

Write grant proposals.

Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.

Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.

Work Context
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Electronic Mail

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Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Public Speaking

How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Physical Proximity

To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?

Education
Majors
Major
Art Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Digital Arts
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
Dance, General
Ballet
Dance, Other
Design and Visual Communications, General
Industrial and Product Design
Commercial Photography
Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Illustration
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
Acting
Directing and Theatrical Production
Musical Theatre
Costume Design
Comedy Writing and Performance
Theatre and Dance
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Film/Cinema/Media Studies
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Photography
Documentary Production
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
Art/Art Studies, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Drawing
Intermedia/Multimedia
Painting
Sculpture
Printmaking
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Jewelry Arts
Metal Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Conducting
Keyboard Instruments
Voice and Opera
Jazz/Jazz Studies
Stringed Instruments
Music Pedagogy
Music Technology
Brass Instruments
Woodwind Instruments
Percussion Instruments
Sound Arts
Music, Other
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, General
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Music Management
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, Other
Community/Environmental/Socially-Engaged Art
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Interests
Social
96%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Artistic
91%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Investigative
53%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Realistic
48%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Conventional
39%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Enterprising
39%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Top 10 Work Styles
Dependability
92%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Attention to Detail
89%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Self Control
89%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Cooperation
88%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Integrity
88%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Achievement/Effort
87%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Initiative
87%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Concern for Others
86%
Importance

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Analytical Thinking
85%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Independence
85%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Work Values
Independence
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Relationships
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Working Conditions
84%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Recognition
67%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Support
67%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.