Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Salary at 10th Percentile: $39,080
Median Salary: $59,170
Salary at 90th Percentile: $95,380

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

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

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.

Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.

Assign and grade class work and homework.

Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

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

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

Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.

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

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

Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.

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

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

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

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

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

Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Development environment software
ABC programming language
Data base user interface and query software
Blackboard
Electronic mail software
Email software
Computer based training software
Instructional software
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Microsoft SharePoint
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Video creation and editing software
Video editing software
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Gas burners
Bunsen burners
Scanners
Computer data input scanners
Laser printers
Computer laser printers
Desktop computers
Desktop computers
Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital video cameras
Laboratory scalpels
Dissection scalpels
Document camera
Document cameras
Laboratory beakers
Glass beakers
Touch screen monitors
Interactive whiteboards
Laboratory hotplates
Laboratory heating plates
Notebook computers
Laptop computers
Liquid crystal display projector
Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
Multimedia projectors
Multimedia projection equipment
Binocular light compound microscopes
Optical compound microscopes
Compasses
Pencil compasses
Personal computers
Personal computers
Photocopiers
Photocopying equipment
Protective gloves
Safety gloves
Goggles
Safety goggles
Childrens science kits
Science activity kits
Televisions
Television monitors
Hand held camcorders or video cameras
Video camcorders
Video cassette players or recorders
Video cassette recorders VCR
Education and Training
83%
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
80%
Importance

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

Psychology
69%
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
62%
Importance

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

Mathematics
60%
Importance

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

Clerical
56%
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.

Sociology and Anthropology
56%
Importance

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

Customer and Personal Service
55%
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.

Administration and Management
53%
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.

Public Safety and Security
51%
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.

Learning Strategies
81%
Importance

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

Instructing
81%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking
78%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening
72%
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.

Critical Thinking
69%
Importance

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

Coordination
69%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Reading Comprehension
66%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing
66%
Importance

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

Social Perceptiveness
66%
Importance

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

Judgment and Decision Making
66%
Importance

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

Oral Comprehension
81%
Importance

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

Oral Expression
81%
Importance

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

Deductive Reasoning
78%
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.

Speech Recognition
75%
Importance

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

Written Comprehension
72%
Importance

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

Inductive Reasoning
72%
Importance

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

Speech Clarity
72%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Written Expression
66%
Importance

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

Fluency of Ideas
66%
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).

Training and Teaching Others
88%
Importance

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

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
80%
Importance

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

Getting Information
78%
Importance

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

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
75%
Importance

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

Coaching and Developing Others
74%
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
71%
Importance

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

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
71%
Importance

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

Documenting/Recording Information
70%
Importance

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

Thinking Creatively
70%
Importance

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

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
69%
Importance

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

Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.

Apply multiple teaching methods.

Develop instructional objectives.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Evaluate student work.

Set up classroom materials or equipment.

Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.

Maintain student records.

Assign class work to students.

Monitor student performance.

Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.

Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.

Plan educational activities.

Encourage students.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Teach others to use technology or equipment.

Document lesson plans.

Create technology-based learning materials.

Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.

Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.

Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.

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

Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.

Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.

Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.

Distribute instructional or library materials.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Plan experiential learning activities.

Coordinate student extracurricular activities.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Supervise school or student activities.

Assist students with special educational needs.

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?

Electronic Mail

How often do you use electronic mail in this job?

Coordinate or Lead Others

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

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?

Work With Work Group or Team

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

Spend Time Standing

How much does this job require standing?

Frequency of Conflict Situations

How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face 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?

Major
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
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
History Teacher Education
Physics Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature
English Language and Literature, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Mathematics, General
Physical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General
Social Sciences, General
Art/Art Studies, General
Music, General
History, General
Social

Score: 100 / 100

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

Artistic

Score: 67 / 100

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

Score: 57 / 100

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

Score: 43 / 100

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

Score: 38 / 100

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

Score: 24 / 100

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.

Integrity
95%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Dependability
94%
Importance

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

Self Control
91%
Importance

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

Leadership
90%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Stress Tolerance
89%
Importance

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

Adaptability/Flexibility
88%
Importance

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

Concern for Others
87%
Importance

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

Persistence
86%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Cooperation
85%
Importance

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

Initiative
84%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

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
76%
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
71%
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
57%
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.

Career
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
Special Education Teachers, Middle School
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
Healthcare Social Workers
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Marriage and Family Therapists
Social and Community Service Managers
Training and Development Managers
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program