Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

Description

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

Tasks

  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Prepare materials and classroom for class activities.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injury and damage.
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • 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.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Assign and grade class work and homework.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Plan and supervise work-experience programs in businesses, industrial shops, and school laboratories.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Keep informed about trends in education and subject matter specialties.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Select, order, store, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Place students in jobs or make referrals to job placement services.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
  • 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.

Skills

Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Interests

Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
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.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work 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.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
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.
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.
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.

Lay Titles

Agricultural Education Teacher
Agriscience Instructor
Allied Health Teacher
Auto Body Repair Teacher
Auto Collision Repair Instructor (Automotive Collision Repair Instructor)
Auto Mechanics Instructor (Automotive Mechanics Instructor)
Auto Mechanics Teacher
Auto Service Instructor (Automotive Service Instructor)
Automotive Teacher
Automotive Technology Instructor
Bookkeeping Teacher
Building Trades Teacher
Business and Computer Technology Instructor
Business Education Teacher
Business Machines Teacher
Business Teacher
Business Technology Teacher
Career Technology Teacher
Carpentry Teacher
Construction Skills Teacher
Construction Teacher
Construction Technology Instructor
Cooking Teacher
Cooperative Education Coordinator
Cosmetology Teacher
Culinary Arts Instructor
Distributive Education Clubs of America Advisor (DECA Advisor)
Drafting Instructor
Drafting Teacher
Dry Cleaning Teacher
Electronics Teacher
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher (FACS Teacher)
Floral Design Teacher
Graphic Arts Instructor
Health Careers Instructor
Health Science Instructor
Health Science Technology Education Teacher (HSTE Teacher)
Horticulture/Floriculture Teacher
HVAC-R Instructor (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Instructor)
Industrial Arts Teacher
Industrial Cooperative Training Coordinator (ICT Coordinator)
Industrial Technology Teacher
Information Technology Teacher
Instructor
Job Trainer
Key Punch Teacher
Link Trainer Teacher
Machine Shorthand Teacher
Marketing Education Teacher
Masonry Teacher
Meat Cutting Teacher
Occupational Work Experience Teacher (OWE Teacher)
Office Machines Teacher
Radio Repair Teacher
Secretarial Teacher
Shop Teacher
Shorthand Teacher
Skilled Trades Teacher
Tailoring Teacher
Teacher
Technology Education Teacher
Television Repair Teacher
Vocational Auto Body Instructor (Vocational Automotive Body Instructor)
Vocational Childcare Teacher
Vocational Instructor
Vocational Teacher
Vocational Trainer
Weaving Teacher
Welding Instructor
Welding Teacher

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$0.0 hourly, $55,160 annual.
Employment (2008):
87,780 employees