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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.

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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 190 $39,250
Mesa 190 $39,250
Phoenix 190 $39,250
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 40 $61,160
Anaheim 40 $61,160
Long Beach 40 $61,160
Hayward N/A $68,950
San Francisco N/A $68,950
Oakland N/A $68,950
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 90 $58,940
Aurora 90 $58,940
Denver 90 $58,940
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 100 $71,900
West Hartford 100 $71,900
Hartford 100 $71,900
New Haven 40 $75,690
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 110 $63,330
West Palm Beach 110 $63,330
Fort Lauderdale 110 $63,330
Sanford 40 $49,610
Orlando 40 $49,610
Kissimmee 40 $49,610
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell N/A $59,140
Sandy Springs N/A $59,140
Atlanta N/A $59,140
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson N/A $69,280
Columbia N/A $69,280
Baltimore N/A $69,280
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn N/A $59,620
Warren N/A $59,620
Detroit N/A $59,620
Flint N/A $73,750
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 40 $42,560
Pascagoula N/A $52,180
Gulfport N/A $52,180
Biloxi N/A $52,180
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Syracuse 220 $64,200
Cheektowaga 140 $64,090
Buffalo 140 $64,090
Niagara Falls 140 $64,090
Rochester 130 $59,770
Schenectady 100 $59,910
Troy 100 $59,910
Albany 100 $59,910
Rome 70 $66,040
Utica 70 $66,040
Binghamton 40 $62,470
Glens Falls 30 $70,730
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 240 $49,050
High Point 150 $44,810
Greensboro 150 $44,810
Winston 100 $49,580
Salem 100 $49,580
Asheville 70 $46,100
Durham 50 $43,390
Chapel Hill 50 $43,390
Hickory 50 $46,250
Lenoir 50 $46,250
Morganton 50 $46,250
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dayton 40 $74,310
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 100 $44,260
Oklahoma City 30 $48,920
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lancaster 70 $60,780
York 40 $58,920
Hanover 40 $58,920
Pittsburgh N/A $53,800
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin N/A $51,370
Anderson N/A $51,370
Greenville N/A $51,370
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 90 $54,190
Murfreesboro 90 $54,190
Davidson 90 $54,190
Nashville 90 $54,190
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 310 $57,660
Fort Worth 310 $57,660
Dallas 310 $57,660
The Woodlands 270 $58,100
Sugar Land 270 $58,100
Houston 270 $58,100
El Paso 110 $47,550
Austin 110 $60,280
Round Rock 110 $60,280
New Braunfels 100 $57,480
San Antonio 100 $57,480
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 50 $47,260
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 180 $67,320
Bellevue 180 $67,320
Tacoma 180 $67,320
Spokane Valley 60 $70,180
Spokane 60 $70,180
Yakima 40 $53,420
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis N/A $60,440
Waukesha N/A $60,440
Milwaukee N/A $60,440

Most Popular Industries for :
Middle School Vocational Teachers

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Education 15,700 100% $47,880
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Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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