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Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

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 occupational, vocational, career, or technical subjects to students at the secondary school level.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $43K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $52K
Median Salary: $62K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $77K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $96K

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

Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.

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

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

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

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

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

Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations.

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 materials and classroom for class activities.

Assign and grade class work and homework.

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

Instruct students in the knowledge and skills required in a specific occupation or occupational field, using a systematic plan of lectures, discussions, audio-visual presentations, and laboratory, shop, and field studies.

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

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

Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.

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

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

Plan and supervise work-experience programs in businesses, industrial shops, and school laboratories.

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

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

Place students in jobs or make referrals to job placement services.

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

Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep informed about trends in education and subject matter specialties.

Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.

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.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Calendar and scheduling software
Calendar and scheduling software
Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Computer based training software
Sakai CLE
Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
Desktop communications software
Edmodo
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Information retrieval or search software
iParadigms Turnitin
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Multi-media educational software
Kahoot
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Image scanning software
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Accommodation furniture
Drafting boards
Agricultural and forestry and landscape machinery and equipment
Compost grinders
Arts and crafts equipment and accessories and supplies
Mitre boxes
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Carousel slide projectors
Commercial and industrial furniture
Shampoo chairs
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
Interactive whiteboard controllers
Consumer electronics
Compact disk CD players
Data Voice or Multimedia Network Equipment or Platforms and Accessories
Conference telephones
Developmental and professional teaching aids and materials and accessories and supplies
Dissection trays
Domestic appliances
Electric ranges
Domestic kitchenware and kitchen supplies
Chef's knives
Fire protection
Fire suppression blankets
Hand tools
Anvils
Industrial laundry and dry cleaning equipment
Clothes irons
Industrial process machinery and equipment and supplies
Injection mold equipment
Industrial pumps and compressors
Portable air compressors
Institutional food services equipment
Food measuring scales
Lamps and lightbulbs and lamp components
Grow lights
Material handling machinery and equipment
Hydraulic jacks
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Digital multimeters
Metal cutting machinery and accessories
Tap and die sets
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Laser facsimile machines
Personal care products
Hairbrushes
Personal safety and protection
Welding helmets
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Digital video cameras
Pneumatic machinery and equipment
Pneumatic nailers
Printing and publishing equipment
Offset presses
Raw materials processing machinery
Milling machines
Textile and fabric machinery and accessories
Sewing machines
Welding and soldering and brazing machinery and accessories and supplies
Magnetic torch guides
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Education and Training
92%
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
91%
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.

English Language
83%
Importance

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

Computers and Electronics
75%
Importance

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

Administration and Management
70%
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
70%
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.

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.

Communications and Media
67%
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.

Personnel and Human Resources
67%
Importance

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

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.

Top 10 Skills
Instructing
83%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

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.

Speaking
80%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking
78%
Importance

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

Learning Strategies
78%
Importance

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

Monitoring
78%
Importance

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

Writing
78%
Importance

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

Complex Problem Solving
75%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Coordination
75%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Comprehension
83%
Importance

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

Oral Expression
83%
Importance

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

Speech Clarity
83%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Problem Sensitivity
80%
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 Comprehension
80%
Importance

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

Written Expression
80%
Importance

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

Near Vision
78%
Importance

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

Speech Recognition
78%
Importance

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

Category Flexibility
75%
Importance

The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Deductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

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

Top 10 Work Activities
Coaching and Developing Others
88%
Importance

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

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
88%
Importance

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

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
86%
Importance

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

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
86%
Importance

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

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
85%
Importance

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

Scheduling Work and Activities
84%
Importance

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

Training and Teaching Others
84%
Importance

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

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
81%
Importance

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

Interacting With Computers
81%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
81%
Importance

Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Detailed Work Activities

Apply multiple teaching methods.

Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.

Monitor student performance.

Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.

Evaluate student work.

Develop instructional objectives.

Plan educational activities.

Maintain student records.

Teach others to use technology or equipment.

Set up classroom materials or equipment.

Assign class work to students.

Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.

Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.

Teach vocational courses.

Create technology-based learning materials.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.

Encourage students.

Plan experiential learning activities.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Assist students with special educational needs.

Perform student enrollment or registration activities.

Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.

Coordinate student extracurricular activities.

Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.

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

Select educational materials or equipment.

Distribute instructional or library materials.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.

Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Supervise school or student activities.

Work Context
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Face-to-Face Discussions

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Public Speaking

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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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?

Coordinate or Lead Others

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

Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

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Freedom to Make Decisions

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

Work With Work Group or Team

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Education
Majors
Major
Agricultural Teacher Education
Business and Innovation/Entrepreneurship Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education
Technical Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
Health Occupations Teacher Education
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
53%
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
53%
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
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.

Top 10 Work Styles
Dependability
96%
Importance

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

Integrity
94%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Adaptability/Flexibility
92%
Importance

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

Attention to Detail
92%
Importance

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

Concern for Others
91%
Importance

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

Leadership
91%
Importance

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

Self Control
91%
Importance

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

Stress Tolerance
90%
Importance

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

Cooperation
87%
Importance

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

Independence
87%
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
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.

Achievement
77%
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.

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.

Working Conditions
69%
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
62%
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
62%
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.