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Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
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Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.
Salary at 10th Percentile: $41K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $49K
Median Salary: $62K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $81K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $102K
Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
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.
Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
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.
Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
Instruct and monitor students in the use of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
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.
Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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.
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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.
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.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Teaching others how to do something.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Set up classroom materials or equipment.
Apply multiple teaching methods.
Develop instructional objectives.
Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.
Maintain student records.
Monitor student performance.
Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.
Evaluate student work.
Plan educational activities.
Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.
Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
Assign class work to students.
Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
Create technology-based learning materials.
Teach others to use technology or equipment.
Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.
Advise students on academic or career matters.
Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
Document lesson plans.
Plan experiential learning activities.
Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
Supervise school or student activities.
Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
Distribute instructional or library materials.
Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
Coordinate student extracurricular activities.
Assist students with special educational needs.
How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
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?
How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
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?
How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
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.
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.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
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.