Summary Report for:
25-2032.00 - Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
Teach occupational, vocational, career, or technical subjects to students at the secondary school level.
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 | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- 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.
- Calendar and scheduling software
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
- Computer based training software — Blackboard Learn; Learning management system LMS; Padlet; Sakai CLE (see all 6 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software
- Desktop communications software — Edmodo
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
- Information retrieval or search software — DOC Cop; iParadigms Turnitin
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Multi-media educational software — Edpuzzle; Kahoot
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Image scanning software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Collaborative editing software; Google Docs ; Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Adjustable widemouth pliers
- Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable wrench sets
- Air compressors — Portable air compressors
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
- 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.
- Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
- 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.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- 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.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
- 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.
- Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
Detailed Work Activities
- Apply multiple teaching methods.
- Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
- Evaluate student work.
- Develop instructional objectives.
- Monitor student performance.
- Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.
- Plan educational activities.
- Maintain student records.
- Teach others to use technology or equipment.
- Set up classroom materials or equipment.
- Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.
- Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
- Assign class work to students.
- Teach vocational courses.
- Create technology-based learning materials.
- Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
- Prepare tests.
- Encourage students.
- Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.
- Plan experiential learning activities.
- Advise students on academic or career matters.
- Supervise student research or internship work.
- Assist students with special educational needs.
- Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
- Perform student enrollment or registration activities.
- Coordinate student extracurricular activities.
- Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
- Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
- Distribute instructional or library materials.
- Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
- Select educational materials or equipment.
- Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.
- Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
- Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
- Supervise school or student activities.
- 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.”
|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 real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.|
|SVP Range||(7.0 to < 8.0)|
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- 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.
- 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 & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$62,460 annual|
|Employment (2020)||72,300 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Average (5% to 10%)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||5,500|
|Top industries (2020)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Advance CTE
- American Association for Vocational Instructional Materials
- American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
- American Dental Assistants Association
- American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
- American Welding Society
- Association for Career and Technical Education
- International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- National Association of Agricultural Educators
- National Business Education Association
- National Education Association
- National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
- North American Council of Automotive Teachers
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Career and technical education teachers