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Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
SOC Code: 25-2032.00

Teach occupational, career and technical, or vocational subjects at the secondary school level in public or private schools.

Sample of reported job titles: Agricultural Education Teacher, Allied Health Teacher, Business Education Teacher, Cosmetology Teacher, Drafting Instructor, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher (FACS Teacher), Instructor, Teacher, Technology Education Teacher, Vocational Teacher

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.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injury and damage.
  • 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.
  • Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Plan and supervise work-experience programs in businesses, industrial shops, and school laboratories.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • 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.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Place students in jobs or make referrals to job placement services.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • 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.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
  • 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

  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Computer based training software - Blackboard Learn; Desire2Learn; Learning management system LMS; Sakai CLE (see all 5 examples)
  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software; Microsoft Outlook
  • Information retrieval or search software - DOC Cop; iParadigms Turnitin
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • 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 - Collaborative editing software; Google Docs; Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable wrench sets
  • Air compressors - Portable air compressors
  • Anvils
  • Automatic lathe or chucking machine - Wood lathes
  • Awls - Hand awls
  • Belt sander - Belt sanders
  • Binocular light compound microscopes - Binocular microscopes
  • Blow torch - Propane torches
  • Calipers - Caliper sets
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Cold chisels
  • Commercial use scales - Food measuring scales
  • Compact disk players or recorders - Compact disk CD players
  • Composter - Compost grinders
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Digital video cameras
  • Digital cameras - Compact digital cameras
  • Digital video disk players or recorders - Digital video disk DVD players
  • Dissection kits or supplies - Dissection trays
  • Domestic baking pans - Kitchen bakeware
  • Domestic blenders - Kitchen blenders
  • Domestic convectional ovens - Built-in ovens
  • Domestic crock pot - Kitchen crock pots
  • Domestic dish washers - Commercial dishwashers
  • Domestic food processors - Kitchen food processors
  • Domestic graters - Food graters
  • Domestic hair dryers - Blowdryers; Stationary hairdryers
  • Domestic knives - Chef's knives
  • Domestic measuring cups - Measuring cup sets
  • Domestic microwave ovens - Microwave ovens
  • Domestic mixers - Hand mixers
  • Domestic ranges - Electric ranges
  • Domestic strainers or colanders - Kitchen strainers
  • Drafting tables - Drafting boards
  • Drill press or radial drill - Drill presses
  • Ear plugs - Protective ear plugs
  • Electric hair clipper - Power hair clippers
  • Epidiascopes - Opaque projectors
  • Facial shields - Face shields
  • Fire blankets - Fire suppression blankets
  • Fluorescent lamps - Grow lights
  • General tool kits - Computer repair tool kits
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws
  • Hair combs or brushes - Hairbrushes
  • Heat guns - Heat gun blowers
  • High capacity removable media drives - Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Incubators or brooders for poultry - Poultry brooders
  • Injection molding machines - Injection mold equipment
  • Inkjet printers - Poster printers
  • Ironing machines or presses - Clothes irons
  • Jacks - Hydraulic jacks
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser printers - Computer laser printers
  • Laundry type washing machines - Domestic washers
  • Levels - Electronic levels; Laser levels
  • Liquid crystal display projector - Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Metal inert gas welding machine - Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Micrometers - Digital micrometers
  • Microphone stand - Microphone podiums
  • Microphones - Handheld microphones; Wireless microphones
  • Milling machines
  • Mitre box - Mitre boxes
  • MP3 players or recorders - MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multimedia projectors - Computer projectors; Multimedia projection equipment
  • Multimeters - Digital multimeters
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Offset printing presses - Offset presses
  • Offset socket wrenches
  • Overhead projectors - Overhead data projectors
  • pH meters - pH indicators
  • Photocopiers - Photocopying equipment
  • Planes - Block planes
  • Plotter printers - Plotting printers
  • Pneumatic nail drivers - Pneumatic nailers
  • Portable data input terminals - Interactive whiteboard controllers; Student response systems
  • Power drills - Cordless drills; Electric drills
  • Power planes
  • Power saws - Band saws; Circular saws; Radial arm saws; Table saws
  • Projection screens or displays - Projector screens
  • Reciprocating saw - Sabre saws
  • Safety glasses - Protective safety glasses
  • Scanners - Computer data input scanners
  • Scientific calculator - Digital calculators
  • Screwdrivers - Straight screwdrivers
  • Scroll saw - Scroll saws
  • Sewing machines
  • Shears - Cutting shears; Sewing shears
  • Slide projectors - Carousel slide projectors
  • Soldering iron - Soldering guns
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems
  • Spot welding machine - Electric spot welders
  • Swiveling barber chair - Shampoo chairs
  • Tablet computers
  • Tachometers - Analog tachometers
  • Taps - Tap and die sets
  • Teleconference equipment - Conference telephones
  • Televisions - Liquid crystal display LCD televisions; Television monitors
  • Touch screen monitors - Interactive whiteboards
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine - Tungsten inert gas TIG welders
  • Vertical machining center - Metal lathes
  • Videoconferencing systems - Videoconferencing equipment
  • Web cameras - Webcams
  • Welder gloves - Welding gloves
  • Welder torch - Welding torches
  • Welding masks - Welding goggles; Welding helmets
  • Welding positioner and manipulator - Magnetic torch guides

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service - 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.
  • Education and Training - 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 - 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 - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - 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.
  • Administration and Management - 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.
  • Psychology - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Skills

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Listening - 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 - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Problem Sensitivity - 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 - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - 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).
  • Fluency of Ideas - 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).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Memorization - The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).

Interests

  • Interest code: S
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 93% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 92% responded “Every day.”
  • Public Speaking - 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 75% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 54% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 49% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 51% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 44% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 64% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Physical Proximity - 61% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 41% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 36% responded “Very important results.”
  • Telephone - 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 49% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 51% responded “Very important.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 29% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 32% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 32% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 47% responded “About half the time.”
  • Letters and Memos - 48% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 35% responded “Important.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
74%Bachelor's degree
15%Post-secondary certificate
11%Master's degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Independence - 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.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

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

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $58,660 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 79,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 6,000

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