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Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Secondary 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 secondary school level.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $41K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $49K
Median Salary: $62K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $81K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $102K

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

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.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
Geogebra
Computer based training software
Schoology
Data base user interface and query software
PowerSchool SIS
Development environment software
Logo
Electronic mail software
Email software
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Multi-media educational software
Nearpod
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Microsoft SharePoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Video conferencing software
Google Meet
Video creation and editing software
Video editing software
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Desktop computers
Consumer electronics
Television monitors
Laboratory and scientific equipment
Bunsen burners
Laboratory supplies and fixtures
Glass beakers
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.

Psychology
74%
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
70%
Importance

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

Customer and Personal Service
66%
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.

Public Safety and Security
65%
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.

Mathematics
62%
Importance

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

Administration and Management
60%
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.

Sociology and Anthropology
60%
Importance

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

Personnel and Human Resources
59%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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.

Critical Thinking
78%
Importance

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

Monitoring
78%
Importance

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

Social Perceptiveness
78%
Importance

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

Judgment and Decision Making
75%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Writing
75%
Importance

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

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Expression
85%
Importance

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

Oral Comprehension
83%
Importance

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

Deductive Reasoning
80%
Importance

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

Speech Clarity
80%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Speech Recognition
80%
Importance

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

Written Comprehension
80%
Importance

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

Problem Sensitivity
78%
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.

Written Expression
78%
Importance

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

Near Vision
75%
Importance

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

Fluency of Ideas
73%
Importance

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).

Top 10 Work Activities
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
89%
Importance

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

Thinking Creatively
86%
Importance

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

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
85%
Importance

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

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.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
84%
Importance

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

Developing Objectives and Strategies
83%
Importance

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

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
82%
Importance

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

Documenting/Recording Information
81%
Importance

Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Coaching and Developing Others
80%
Importance

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

Scheduling Work and Activities
80%
Importance

Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Detailed Work Activities

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.

Prepare tests.

Encourage students.

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.

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?

Public Speaking

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

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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

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?

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?

Freedom to Make Decisions

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

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?

Education
Majors
Major
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Southeast Asian and Australasian/Pacific Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
American Sign Language
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
English Language and Literature, General
Biology, General
Mathematics
Biological and Physical Sciences
Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
Earth Systems Science
Environmental Geosciences
History and Language/Literature
Physical Sciences, General
Chemistry
Physics
Social Sciences, General
Economics
Political Science and Government
Fine and Studio Arts
Music
History
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
67%
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
58%
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.

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.

Investigative
39%
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
24%
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
Integrity
94%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Adaptability/Flexibility
93%
Importance

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

Self Control
93%
Importance

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

Concern for Others
92%
Importance

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

Dependability
92%
Importance

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

Cooperation
91%
Importance

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

Stress Tolerance
90%
Importance

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

Persistence
88%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Initiative
87%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Social Orientation
87%
Importance

Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values
Relationships
100%
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.

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.

Working Conditions
77%
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.

Independence
72%
Importance

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

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.

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.