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Middle school vocational teachers provide instructions on vocational or occupational subjects such as healthcare, technology, communications and business. They have experience in skill-based occupations and offer students a solid foundation in those skills.

Middle school vocational teachers typically provide courses that are in high demand by local companies. They evaluate their students performance and knowledge on subjects. They also explore career areas with their students. Vocational teachers are employed in public and private schools. Some in the profession teach a variety of subjects and others have a specialty.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare materials for classes
  • Assign and grade coursework
  • Create and enforce rules for behavior and procedures
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance
  • Maintain student records
  • Attend staff meetings

Job Characteristics

Middle school vocational teachers should have good communication and organizing skills and they should enjoy helping others. Also, most work the standard school year.

Employment Outlook

Employment of middle school teachers is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth rates will also vary by regions of the country. The amount of middle school teachers positions depends on state and local expenditures on education as well as legislation. Vocational teachers are in demand in various subjects at middle schools.

Some begin their careers in the profession by taking teaching assistant positions in vocational programs. Typically the assistant jobs are provided to those who graduated from vocational programs near the top of their class.

The median annual earnings for middle school vocational teachers in 2007 was $46,290. There were approximately 15,260 positions in 2007. Vocational teachers typically receive health and life insurance and vacation time.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

The education and training requirements for middle school vocational teachers vary by state and by the subject. Typically, teachers need a bachelor's degree and at least three years of work experience in their specialty. Some of the specialties require a license or certification. However, some states provide a license to vocational teachers that do not have a degree if they have knowledge, skills and experience in the subject. Many vocational teachers continue their own education to stay updated in their field, particularly those who teach in technology subjects.

Resources

Major Employers

The primary employers of middle school vocational teachers are public schools.

Schools for Middle School Vocational Teachers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Middle School Vocational Teachers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Middle School Vocational Teachers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 150 $43,820
Mesa 150 $43,820
Phoenix 150 $43,820
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 60 $51,200
North Little Rock 60 $51,200
Little Rock 60 $51,200
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 80 $61,580
Anaheim 80 $61,580
Long Beach 80 $61,580
Hayward 40 $54,610
San Francisco 40 $54,610
Oakland 40 $54,610
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 100 $55,920
Aurora 100 $55,920
Denver 100 $55,920
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford N/A $72,560
West Hartford N/A $72,560
Hartford N/A $72,560
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 190 $60,550
Fort Lauderdale 190 $60,550
Miami 190 $60,550
Sanford 60 $48,040
Kissimmee 60 $48,040
Orlando 60 $48,040
Clearwater 40 $44,230
St. Petersburg 40 $44,230
Tampa 40 $44,230
Jacksonville 40 $50,610
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 260 $61,470
Sandy Springs 260 $61,470
Atlanta 260 $61,470
Valdosta N/A $55,470
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Muncie 30 $41,640
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 40 $56,590
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 50 $49,730
New Orleans 50 $49,730
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 190 $58,730
Columbia 190 $58,730
Baltimore 190 $58,730
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 210 $60,540
Warren 210 $60,540
Detroit 210 $60,540
Flint N/A $72,330
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 40 $41,760
Pascagoula N/A $51,010
Biloxi N/A $51,010
Gulfport N/A $51,010
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Syracuse 150 $58,790
Rochester 120 $56,790
Niagara Falls 120 $62,360
Buffalo 120 $62,360
Cheektowaga 120 $62,360
Schenectady 110 $56,130
Albany 110 $56,130
Troy 110 $56,130
Binghamton 70 $60,630
Utica 60 $65,210
Rome 60 $65,210
Glens Falls 40 $67,250
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 160 $47,380
High Point 110 $45,770
Greensboro 110 $45,770
Winston 90 $48,630
Salem 90 $48,630
Chapel Hill 80 $46,040
Durham 80 $46,040
Asheville 70 $40,180
Morganton 60 $45,190
Hickory 60 $45,190
Lenoir 60 $45,190
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 40 $46,060
Tulsa N/A $57,940
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 120 $53,200
Hanover 40 $57,910
York 40 $57,910
Harrisburg N/A $54,790
Carlisle N/A $54,790
Lancaster N/A $61,630
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin N/A $50,440
Anderson N/A $50,440
Greenville N/A $50,440
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 290 $54,890
Arlington 290 $54,890
Dallas 290 $54,890
Sugar Land 260 $55,210
The Woodlands 260 $55,210
Houston 260 $55,210
Round Rock 120 $58,590
Austin 120 $58,590
New Braunfels 100 $55,610
San Antonio 100 $55,610
Waco 40 $46,650
Harlingen 40 $49,820
Brownsville 40 $49,820
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Orem N/A $47,320
Provo N/A $47,320
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 40 $58,160
Burlington 40 $58,160
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 50 $47,200
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 130 $66,930
Tacoma 130 $66,930
Seattle 130 $66,930

Most Popular Industries for :
Middle School Vocational Teachers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Education 15,700 100% $47,880
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