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Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Overview
Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Experience

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Education

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Examples

Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.

Teach one or more subjects to students at the middle, intermediate, or junior high school level.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $40K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $48K
Median Salary: $60K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $77K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $98K

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

Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.

Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.

Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.

Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate these objectives to students.

Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.

Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.

Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.

Maintain accurate, complete, and correct student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.

Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.

Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.

Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.

Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

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 lessons and correct homework.

Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.

Assist students who need extra help, such as by tutoring and preparing and implementing remedial programs.

Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of middle school programs.

Meet or correspond with parents or guardians to discuss children's progress and to determine priorities and resource needs.

Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.

Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.

Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.

Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.

Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.

Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injury and damage.

Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.

Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.

Attend staff meetings and serve on staff committees, as required.

Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.

Organize and label materials and display students' work.

Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from such activities.

Coordinate and supervise extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.

Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.

Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.

Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
Desmos
Computer based training software
Schoology
Data base user interface and query software
Blackboard software
Desktop communications software
Tadpoles
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Graphics or photo imaging software
JamBoard
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Multi-media educational software
Kahoot
Office suite software
Google Drive
Operating system software
Apple macOS
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Microsoft SharePoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Video conferencing software
Zoom
Video creation and editing software
Video editing software
Web page creation and editing software
Facebook
Word processing software
Google Docs
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Multimedia projection equipment
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Interactive whiteboards
Consumer electronics
Television monitors
Laboratory and scientific equipment
Bunsen burners
Laboratory supplies and fixtures
Dissection scalpels
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Optical compound microscopes
Office and desk accessories
Pencil compasses
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Photocopying equipment
Personal safety and protection
Safety gloves
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Digital video cameras
Toys and games
Science activity kits
Top 10 Knowledge Required
English Language
92%
Importance

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

Education and Training
91%
Importance

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

Customer and Personal Service
74%
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.

Psychology
71%
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
69%
Importance

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

Mathematics
67%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Administration and Management
65%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Clerical
64%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Public Safety and Security
63%
Importance

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Sociology and Anthropology
63%
Importance

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

Top 10 Skills
Instructing
83%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking
83%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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.

Learning Strategies
80%
Importance

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

Reading Comprehension
80%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness
80%
Importance

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

Writing
80%
Importance

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

Monitoring
78%
Importance

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

Time Management
78%
Importance

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Active Learning
75%
Importance

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

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Expression
83%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking 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.

Written Comprehension
80%
Importance

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

Speech Recognition
78%
Importance

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

Written Expression
78%
Importance

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

Deductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

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

Problem Sensitivity
75%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Information Ordering
73%
Importance

The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Near Vision
73%
Importance

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

Top 10 Work Activities
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.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
87%
Importance

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

Developing Objectives and Strategies
87%
Importance

Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
87%
Importance

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

Getting Information
86%
Importance

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

Training and Teaching Others
85%
Importance

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

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
84%
Importance

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

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
83%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
82%
Importance

Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Detailed Work Activities

Encourage students.

Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.

Develop instructional objectives.

Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Evaluate student work.

Set up classroom materials or equipment.

Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.

Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.

Maintain student records.

Apply multiple teaching methods.

Create technology-based learning materials.

Monitor student performance.

Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.

Plan educational activities.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.

Assign class work to students.

Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.

Tutor students who need extra assistance.

Assist students with special educational needs.

Document lesson plans.

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

Teach others to use technology or equipment.

Supervise school or student activities.

Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Display student work.

Plan experiential learning activities.

Coordinate student extracurricular activities.

Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.

Distribute instructional or library materials.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Evaluate performance of educational staff.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Face-to-Face Discussions

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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?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Public Speaking

How often do you have to perform public speaking 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?

Coordinate or Lead Others

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

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?

Deal With External Customers

How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?

Education
Majors
Major
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Montessori Teacher Education
Waldorf/Steiner Teacher Education
Online Educator/Online Teaching
International Teaching and Learning
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Educational Methods
Art Teacher Education
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
Health Occupations Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education
Geography Teacher Education
Latin Teacher Education
Earth Science Teacher Education
Environmental Education
Communication Arts and Literature Teacher Education
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Teaching French as a Second or Foreign Language
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language, Other
Social Sciences, Other
Interests
Social
100%
Importance

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

Artistic
72%
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.

Enterprising
48%
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.

Investigative
48%
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.

Conventional
43%
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.

Realistic
34%
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.

Top 10 Work Styles
Dependability
97%
Importance

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

Integrity
96%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Adaptability/Flexibility
94%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Cooperation
94%
Importance

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

Self Control
94%
Importance

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

Stress Tolerance
94%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Initiative
93%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Persistence
92%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Attention to Detail
90%
Importance

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

Concern for Others
90%
Importance

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

Work Values
Relationships
91%
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.

Independence
77%
Importance

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

Achievement
72%
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.

Working Conditions
67%
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.

Recognition
58%
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
48%
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.