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Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC Code: 25-1194.00

Teach or instruct vocational or occupational subjects at the postsecondary level (but at less than the baccalaureate) to students who have graduated or left high school. Includes correspondence school, industrial, and commercial instructors; and adult education teachers and instructors who prepare persons to operate industrial machinery and equipment and transportation and communications equipment. Teaching may take place in public or private schools whose primary business is education or in a school associated with an organization whose primary business is other than education.

Sample of reported job titles: Automotive Instructor, Automotive Technology Instructor, Business Instructor, Cosmetology Instructor, Flight Instructor, Instructor, Medical Assistant Instructor, Practical Nursing Instructor, Professor, Teacher


  • Supervise and monitor students' use of tools and equipment.
  • Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress, provide feedback, and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Determine training needs of students or workers.
  • Administer oral, written, or performance tests to measure progress and to evaluate training effectiveness.
  • Prepare reports and maintain records, such as student grades, attendance rolls, and training activity details.
  • Conduct on-the-job training classes or training sessions to teach and demonstrate principles, techniques, procedures, or methods of designated subjects.
  • Integrate academic and vocational curricula so that students can obtain a variety of skills.
  • Develop curricula and plan course content and methods of instruction.
  • Develop teaching aids, such as instructional software, multimedia visual aids, or study materials.
  • Participate in conferences, seminars, and training sessions to keep abreast of developments in the field, and integrate relevant information into training programs.
  • Present lectures and conduct discussions to increase students' knowledge and competence using visual aids, such as graphs, charts, videotapes, and slides.
  • Supervise independent or group projects, field placements, laboratory work, or other training.
  • Select and assemble books, materials, supplies, and equipment for training, courses, or projects.
  • Prepare outlines of instructional programs and training schedules and establish course goals.
  • Provide individualized instruction and tutorial or remedial instruction.
  • Advise students on course selection, career decisions, and other academic and vocational concerns.
  • Acquire, maintain, and repair laboratory equipment and tools.

Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Computer based training software - Blackboard Learn; Desire2Learn; Learning management system LMS; Sakai CLE (see all 5 examples)
  • Data base user interface and query software - Blackboard ; Career management systems CMS; Data entry software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software; Microsoft Outlook
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks
  • Information retrieval or search software - DOC Cop; iParadigms Turnitin
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Medical software - Medical condition coding software ; Medical procedure coding 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

  • Anatomical human mannequins for medical education or training - Educational anatomy models
  • Bar code reader equipment - Handheld bar code readers
  • Battery hydrometer - Battery conductance testers
  • Bearing fitting tool kits - Cam bearing driver sets
  • Brake drum lathe - Brake drum lathes
  • Brake repair kits - Brake shoe adjusting gauges; Brake spoons; Brake spring removers
  • Brake spring pliers
  • Calipers - Digital calipers
  • Clutch repair kits - Clutch alignment sets
  • Compact disk players or recorders - Compact disk CD players
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Digital camcorders; Digital video cameras
  • Digital cameras - Compact digital cameras
  • Digital video disk players or recorders - Digital video disk DVD players
  • Domestic hair dryers - Blowdryers; Stationary hairdryers
  • Electric hair clipper - Hair clippers
  • Electric vehicle charging kit - Refrigerant charging stations
  • Electronic reader or E-reader - E-readers
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits - Emergency first aid kits
  • Engine tune up tester - Engine analyzers
  • Engravers - Laser engravers
  • Epidiascopes - Opaque projectors
  • Flat nose pliers - Boot clamp pliers
  • Glue guns - Hot glue guns
  • Hair combs or brushes - Hairbrushes
  • Hand trucks or accessories - Hand trucks
  • Handheld thermometer - Electronic thermometers
  • High capacity removable media drives - Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Hold down clamps - Hose clamps
  • Hole punching units - Hole punchers
  • Industrial hydraulic press - Hydraulic presses
  • Injectors - Dye injectors
  • Inkjet printers - Poster printers
  • Label making machines - Label makers
  • Laminators - Laminating equipment
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser printers - Computer laser printers
  • Liquid crystal display projector - Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Liquid level controls or instruments - Coolant testers
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory - Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices - Oxygen tanks
  • Mercury blood pressure units - Manual blood pressure cuffs
  • Micrometers - Brake disc micrometers; Brake drum micrometers
  • Microphone stand - Microphone podiums
  • Microphones - Handheld microphones; Wireless microphones
  • MP3 players or recorders - MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multimedia projectors - Computer projectors; Multimedia projection equipment
  • Nebulizer or accessories - Handheld nebulizers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Ophthalmic lensometers - Optometric lensometers
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets - Otoscopes
  • Overhead projectors - Overhead data projectors
  • Paper cutters or refills - Paper cutters
  • Patient restraint boards or accessories - Arm board stabilizers
  • Photocopiers - Photocopying equipment
  • Pneumatic hammer - Air chisel sets
  • Pneumatic vacuum equipment - Brake bleeders
  • Portable data input terminals - Interactive whiteboard controllers; Student response systems
  • Power grease gun - Handheld grease guns
  • Power steering tuning cable - Power steering pump pulleys
  • Pressure gauge - Ball gauges; Hydraulic pressure gauge sets
  • Pressure indicators - Cooling system pressure testers
  • Pressure regulator - Air pressure regulators
  • Projection screens or displays - Projector screens
  • Ratchets - Air ratchets
  • Scanners - Computer data input scanners
  • Scientific calculator - Digital calculators
  • Screwdrivers - Screwdriver sets
  • Shears - Hair cutting shears
  • Slide projectors - Carousel slide projectors
  • Soldering iron - Soldering guns
  • Sound detector - Automotive stethoscopes
  • Spark plug gap gauge - Spark plug feeler gauges
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies - Spirometers
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers - Autoclave sterilizers
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories - Dressing forceps
  • Swiveling barber chair - Shampoo chairs
  • Tablet computers
  • Taps - Tap and die sets
  • Teleconference equipment - Conference telephones
  • Televisions - Liquid crystal display LCD televisions; Television monitors
  • Tire pressure gauge - Tire pressure gauges
  • Touch screen monitors - Interactive whiteboards
  • Vehicle jack - Vehicle jack stands
  • Videoconferencing systems - Videoconferencing equipment
  • Web cameras - Webcams
  • Wheel alignment equipment - Wheel aligners
  • Wheel balancing equipment - Wheel balancers


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


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


  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.


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

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 72% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 45% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Physical Proximity - 71% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 54% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 62% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Telephone - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 51% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 28% responded “Important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 66% responded “Every day.”
  • Public Speaking - 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 33% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 54% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 34% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 49% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 31% responded “Limited responsibility.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 26% responded “Important results.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 33% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Electronic Mail - 38% responded “Never.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 44% responded “Very important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 34% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 30% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 30% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Time Pressure - 28% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
44%Post-secondary certificate
24%Bachelor's degree
11%High school diploma or equivalent

Work Styles

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

Work Values

  • 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.
  • 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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $24.81 hourly, $51,600 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 128,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 9,800

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