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25-2052.00 - Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

Teach elementary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

Sample of reported job titles: Early Childhood Special Educator (EC Special Educator), Emotional Disabilities Teacher, Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher (HI Itinerant Teacher), Learning Support Teacher, Resource Program Teacher, Severe Emotional Disorders Elementary Teacher (SED Elementary Teacher), Severe/Profound Mental Handicaps Special Education Teacher, Special Education Inclusion Teacher, Special Education Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
93   Core
Instruct special needs students in academic subjects, using a variety of techniques, such as phonetics, multisensory learning, or repetition to reinforce learning and meet students' varying needs.
92   Core
Develop or implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
90   Core
Develop individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, or social development.
89   Core
Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, or other professionals to develop individual education plans (IEPs).
87   Core
Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, or administrative regulations.
87   Core
Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification or positive reinforcement.
86   Core
Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
84   Core
Modify the general kindergarten or elementary education curriculum for special-needs students.
84   Core
Confer with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioral or academic problems.
84   Core
Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
82   Core
Monitor teachers or teacher assistants to ensure adherence to special education program requirements.
80   Core
Prepare classrooms with a variety of materials or resources for children to explore, manipulate, or use in learning activities or imaginative play.
80   Core
Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
79   Core
Meet with parents or guardians to discuss their children's progress, advise them on using community resources, or teach skills for dealing with students' impairments.
79   Core
Prepare, administer, or grade tests or assignments to evaluate students' progress.
78   Core
Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
78   Core
Establish and communicate clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to students.
77   Core
Encourage students to explore learning opportunities or persevere with challenging tasks to prepare them for later grades.
77   Core
Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, or assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
75   Core
Teach students personal development skills, such as goal setting, independence, or self-advocacy.
74   Core
Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
74   Core
Interpret the results of standardized tests to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
73   Core
Collaborate with other teachers or administrators to develop, evaluate, or revise kindergarten or elementary school programs.
73   Core
Confer with other staff members to plan or schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
72   Core
Guide or counsel students with adjustment problems, academic problems, or special academic interests.
71   Core
Plan or conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
71   Core
Organize and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their perceptual skills.
71   Core
Prepare objectives, outlines, or other materials for courses of study following curriculum guidelines or school or state requirements.
70   Core
Prepare assignments for teacher assistants or volunteers.
70   Core
Present information in audio-visual or interactive formats, using computers, televisions, audio-visual aids, or other equipment, materials, or technologies.
69   Core
Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment or materials to prevent injuries and damage.
68   Core
Administer standardized ability and achievement tests to kindergarten or elementary students with special needs.
67   Core
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, or teacher training workshops to maintain or improve professional competence.
67   Core
Organize and supervise games or other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, or social development.
57   Core
Control the inventory or distribution of classroom equipment, materials, or supplies.
56   Core
Plan or supervise experiential learning activities, such as class projects, field trips, demonstrations, or visits by guest speakers.
54   Core
Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall or cafeteria monitoring, or bus loading or unloading.
76   Supplemental
Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, or food preparation.
65   Supplemental
Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments or to consult with teachers regarding students' special needs.
58   Supplemental
Interpret or transcribe classroom materials into Braille or sign language.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged — Jellybean switches; Sound switches
  • Assistive listening devices — FM amplification systems
  • Balance or gross motor equipment — Play structures
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes
  • Board games — Educational board games
  • Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille label makers; Braille note-taking systems; Braille rulers; Braille writers
  • Building blocks — Toy block sets
  • Canes or cane accessories — Laser canes
  • Childrens science kits — Science activity kits
  • Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players
  • Compasses — Pencil compasses
  • Computer mouse or trackballs — Eye controlled computer mouse equipment; Foot operated computer mouse equipment; Trackballs
  • Desktop calculator — Large display calculators; Talking calculators
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras — Compact digital cameras
  • Digital voice recorders — Digital audio recorders
  • Document camera — Document cameras
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits
  • Enteral feeding administration sets — Enteral feeding equipment
  • Game pads or joy sticks — Head operated joysticks; Mouth operated joysticks
  • Handheld thermometer — Talking thermometers
  • Handicraft tools or materials or equipment for the physically challenged — Adaptive paint brushes; Adaptive scissors
  • Hearing aids for the physically challenged — Hearing aid devices
  • Keyboards — Alternative computer keyboards
  • Laminators — Laminating equipment
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers
  • Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged — Portable communication boards
  • Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories — Oral suction tubes
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers
  • Overhead projectors — Overhead data projectors
  • Page turners for the physically challenged — Page turners
  • Patient scooters — Motorized scooters
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
  • Pointers — Optical pointing devices
  • Puzzles — Educational puzzles
  • Sand or water tables or activity centers — Sand tables; Water tables
  • Scanners — Computer data input scanners; Computer voice input devices; Reading pens
  • Standers or standing aids — Standing aids
  • Telecommunication devices TDD or teletypewriters TTY for the physically challenged — Telecommunication devices TDD
  • Therapeutic pegboards or activity boards — Pegboards
  • Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards; Wireless touch screen monitors
  • Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Voice output devices
  • Walkers or rollators — Walkers
  • Wheelchairs — Powered wheelchairs

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer based training software — Children's educational software; Scientific Learning Fast ForWord
  • Data base user interface and query software — American Sign Language Browser; Individualized Educational Program IEP software
  • Device drivers or system software — Screen magnification software; Screen reader software; Synapse outSPOKEN; The vOICe Learning Edition
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Drawing software
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Voice recognition software — goQ WordQ; Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking; Voice activated software
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
92 
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.
86 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
74 
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.
69 
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.
67 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
60 
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.
59 
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.
57 
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.
55 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
55 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
53 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
52 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
44 
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.
40 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
37 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
32 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
27 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
26 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
25 
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.
24 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
23 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
15 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
15 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
12 
Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
12 
Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
11 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
9 
Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
6 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
5 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
4 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
4 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
3 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
0 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
78 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
78 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
75 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
72 
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.
72 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
72 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
72 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
72 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
72 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
69 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
69 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
66 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
66 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
66 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
60 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
56 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
50 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
44 
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.
35 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
35 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
19 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
16 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
16 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
16 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
13 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
13 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
3 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
3 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
0 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
0 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
0 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
0 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
0 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
0 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
81 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
72 
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.
72 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
72 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
72 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
69 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
63 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
60 
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).
56 
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).
56 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
56 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53 
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.
50 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
50 
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).
47 
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.
44 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
44 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
44 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
41 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
41 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
41 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
38 
Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
35 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
35 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
35 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
31 
Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
25 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
22 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
22 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
19 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
19 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
19 
Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
19 
Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
19 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
19 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
16 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
16 
Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
16 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
13 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
10 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
6 
Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
3 
Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
0 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
0 
Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
0 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
0 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
0 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
0 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
0 
Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
0 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
82 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
77 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
76 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
76 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
76 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
76 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
75 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
75 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
73 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
72 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
71 
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
71 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
71 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
71 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
68 
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
65 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
63 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
63 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
62 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
60 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
60 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
60 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
58 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
56 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
56 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
48 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
45 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
39 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
38 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
37 
Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
36 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
35 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
25 
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
25 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
24 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
23 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
20 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
18 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
16 
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
11 
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
9 
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
  • Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
  • Teach life skills.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
  • Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
  • Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.
  • Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.
  • Direct activities of subordinates.
  • Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
  • Set up classroom materials or equipment.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Develop instructional objectives.
  • Monitor student performance.
  • Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.
  • Assist students with special educational needs.
  • Encourage students.
  • Assess educational needs of students.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Plan educational activities.
  • Display student work.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Tutor students who need extra assistance.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Plan experiential learning activities.
  • Supervise school or student activities.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


99     Every day
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?


92     Constant contact with others
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


87     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


77     Extremely important
21     Very important
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?


56     A lot of freedom
40     Some freedom
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


70     Extremely important
16     Important
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


51     Very close (near touching)
35     Moderately close (at arm's length)
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?


73     Every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


51     A lot of freedom
34     Some freedom
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


65     Very important results
13     Moderate results
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


74     Every day
20     Never
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


36     Every day
48     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


51     Extremely important
18     Very important
21     Important
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


44     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Once a year or more but not every month
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


36     Every day
43     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


38     Every day
31     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


54     More than 40 hours
31     40 hours
15     Less than 40 hours
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


14     Extremely important
48     Very important
32     Important
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


21     Very high responsibility
30     High responsibility
29     Moderate responsibility
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


43     More than half the time
49     About half the time
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


24     Every day
17     Once a week or more but not every day
31     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Never
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


20     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
49     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


34     Very high responsibility
18     Moderate responsibility
15     Limited responsibility
26     No responsibility
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


11     Extremely important
29     Very important
32     Important
25     Not important at all
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


29     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


14     Extremely serious
26     Very serious
20     Serious
19     Fairly serious
21     Not serious at all
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


23     Highly competitive
31     Moderately competitive
24     Slightly competitive
14     Not at all competitive
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


28     Every day
44     Once a year or more but not every month
22     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


13     Continually or almost continually
27     More than half the time
32     Less than half the time
23     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


14     More than half the time
42     About half the time
44     Less than half the time
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


13     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a year or more but not every month
34     Never
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


19     Every day
16     Once a week or more but not every day
52     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


15     More than half the time
13     About half the time
65     Less than half the time
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


14     More than half the time
18     About half the time
26     Less than half the time
35     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


18     More than half the time
46     Less than half the time
30     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


13     Every day
16     Once a year or more but not every month
56     Never
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


14     About half the time
26     Less than half the time
46     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


13     Every day
11     Once a year or more but not every month
68     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


13     Every day
79     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


14     Once a year or more but not every month
72     Never
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


83     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


24     Less than half the time
71     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


87     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


89     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


83     Not at all automated
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


91     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


94     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


91     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


93     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


98     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


93     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


99     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


97     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


100     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


100     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


100     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


100     Not important at all

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related 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.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
66   Bachelor's degree
22   Master's degree
6   Post-master's certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
50 
Artistic — 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.
39 
Conventional — 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.
33 
Investigative — 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.
17 
Enterprising — 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.
0 
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.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
98 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
97 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
95 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
94 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
92 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
92 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
91 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
91 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
91 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
90 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
89 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
88 
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.
83 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
83 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
77 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
69 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
100 
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.
78 
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.
61 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
61 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
56 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
50 
Recognition — 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2015) $55,810 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 198,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Average (5% to 8%) Average (5% to 8%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 49,800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Educational Services (96% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Special education teachers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.

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