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Secondary School Vocational Teachers

Secondary school vocational teachers prepare students for occupations that need a specific set of skills. They provide students with hands-on activities with the equipment they will use in their occupation. Their objective is to prepare students to enter the workforce or to acquire more training at the postsecondary level. Vocational teachers are also known as career and technical education (CTE) teachers and career technology teachers.

High school vocational teachers offer students career guidance, assist with job placement and sometimes follow up with students after they graduate. High school vocational teachers are experts in their field. Under current Federal law career and technical education teachers need to coordinate their program offerings with four-year, community and technical colleges.

A variety of vocational subjects are available at secondary schools including technology, healthcare, agriculture science, computer networking, auto mechanics, veterinary science and communications.

High school vocational teachers typically provide courses that are in high demand by local companies. Some employers offer internships and apprentices to students attending secondary school. Many career technology teachers have a role in building and overseeing partnerships with businesses.

High school vocational teachers 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
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance
  • Maintain student records
  • Assign and grade coursework
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Create and enforce rules for behavior and procedures
  • Provide hands-on learning activities
  • Teach the techniques and theories used in the field
  • Demonstrate how tasks are performed and how to use tools

Job Characteristics

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

Employment Outlook

The employment growth for secondary school vocational teachers has been projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be 10 percent between 2008 and 2018. The number of secondary school teacher positions depends on state and local expenditures on education as well as legislation. Vocational teachers are in demand in various subjects at secondary schools. In addition, the median annual earnings for vocational education teachers in secondary schools in 2008 was $51,580.

Some vocational school teachers begin their careers in the profession by taking teaching assistant positions in vocational programs. Usually the assistant jobs are provided to individuals that graduated from vocational programs near the top of their class.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

The education and training requirements for secondary school vocational teachers vary by state and by the subject. Usually, teachers need a bachelor's degree and work experience in their specialty.

Every state requires teachers to have a bachelor's degree and completion of an approved teacher training program as well as supervised practice teaching. Every state requires career and technical education teachers in secondary schools to be licensed. However, if they have an appropriate amount of work experience in their teaching subject many states let career and technical education teachers enter the occupation without taking a teacher preparation program and they may only need a high school diploma and not a bachelor's degree.

Some states provide a license to vocational teachers that do not have a degree if they have knowledge, skills and experience in their field. Many vocational teachers continue their own education to stay current in their field, especially those who teach technology subjects.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are secondary schools, career and technical education secondary schools, career academies and regional career and technical education centers.

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

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

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Secondary 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 (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 80 $54,620
Birmingham 80 $54,620
Gadsden 60 $56,030
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 680 $45,750
Scottsdale 680 $45,750
Mesa 680 $45,750
Tucson 200 $43,950
Lake Havasu City 40 $42,290
Kingman 40 $42,290
Douglas 40 $47,000
Sierra Vista 40 $47,000
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 190 $53,020
North Little Rock 190 $53,020
Little Rock 190 $53,020
Jonesboro 40 $46,800
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 1330 $75,100
Los Angeles 1330 $75,100
Anaheim 1330 $75,100
San Francisco 130 $64,400
Hayward 130 $64,400
Oakland 130 $64,400
Arden 120 $69,950
Roseville 120 $69,950
Arcade 120 $69,950
Sacramento 120 $69,950
San Bernardino 120 $79,340
Riverside 120 $79,340
Ontario 120 $79,340
Thousand Oaks 70 $60,560
Ventura 70 $60,560
Oxnard 70 $60,560
Bakersfield 70 $70,280
Stockton 50 $62,320
Lodi 50 $62,320
Modesto 40 $63,950
Carlsbad N/A $69,870
San Diego N/A $69,870
Fresno N/A $78,610
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 390 $61,390
Lakewood 390 $61,390
Denver 390 $61,390
Colorado Springs 60 $49,560
Greeley 50 $46,850
Fort Collins 40 $48,090
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 550 $76,200
West Hartford 550 $76,200
Hartford 550 $76,200
New Haven 270 $76,910
Waterbury 90 N/A
Danbury 90 $80,700
Norwalk N/A $73,600
Stamford N/A $73,600
Bridgeport N/A $73,600
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 3060 $50,840
West Palm Beach 3060 $50,840
Fort Lauderdale 3060 $50,840
Kissimmee 750 $46,520
Sanford 750 $46,520
Orlando 750 $46,520
Clearwater 730 $48,850
Tampa 730 $48,850
St. Petersburg 730 $48,850
Jacksonville 320 $53,970
Tallahassee 140 $43,500
Ferry Pass 130 $49,800
Brent 130 $49,800
Pensacola 130 $49,800
Gainesville 110 $31,290
Port St. Lucie 110 $58,930
The Villages 40 $38,500
Deltona 40 $48,470
Ormond Beach 40 $48,470
Daytona Beach 40 $48,470
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 700 $54,870
Sandy Springs 700 $54,870
Atlanta 700 $54,870
Albany 60 $51,190
Brunswick 40 $58,590
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City N/A $38,950
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carbondale 60 $51,530
Marion 60 $51,530
Peoria 60 $53,090
Rockford 50 $60,590
Champaign 30 $49,240
Urbana 30 $49,240
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 270 $55,250
Carmel 270 $55,250
Indianapolis 270 $55,250
Goshen 110 $59,390
Elkhart 110 $59,390
Terre Haute 60 $43,410
La Porte 30 $46,670
Michigan City 30 $46,670
Fort Wayne N/A $55,290
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 80 $52,160
West Des Moines N/A $53,600
Des Moines N/A $53,600
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 70 $48,340
Topeka 60 $44,360
Lawrence 30 $48,940
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 250 $56,600
Bossier City 210 $56,760
Shreveport 210 $56,760
Lafayette 180 $51,860
New Orleans 160 $56,750
Metairie 160 $56,750
Monroe 60 $54,150
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 500 $68,430
Columbia 500 $68,430
Baltimore 500 $68,430
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 130 $85,630
Barnstable Town 50 $72,750
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wyoming 240 $70,080
Grand Rapids 240 $70,080
Warren 220 $55,890
Detroit 220 $55,890
Dearborn 220 $55,890
Flint 140 $62,280
Lansing 110 $65,340
East Lansing 110 $65,340
Portage 60 $58,450
Kalamazoo 60 $58,450
Monroe 50 $61,330
Bay City 50 $66,810
Benton Harbor 40 $52,130
Niles 40 $52,130
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 130 $43,670
Hattiesburg 70 $42,860
Pascagoula 60 $50,190
Biloxi 60 $50,190
Gulfport 60 $50,190
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 60 $41,080
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Island 30 $60,300
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hammonton 60 $73,410
Atlantic City 60 $73,410
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 60 $59,180
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 510 $59,480
Buffalo 510 $59,480
Niagara Falls 510 $59,480
Rochester 380 $60,810
Schenectady 320 $60,680
Albany 320 $60,680
Troy 320 $60,680
Fort Drum 200 $57,340
Watertown 200 $57,340
Rome 160 $53,480
Utica 160 $53,480
Syracuse 110 $64,020
Binghamton 70 $58,040
Glens Falls 60 $60,300
Ithaca 30 $57,930
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 560 $49,020
Winston 440 $46,790
Salem 440 $46,790
Asheville 220 $42,750
Chapel Hill 210 $48,680
Durham 210 $48,680
Rocky Mount 110 $44,650
Hickory 80 $44,720
Lenoir 80 $44,720
Morganton 80 $44,720
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 40 $52,470
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 830 $70,610
Cleveland 790 $72,500
Elyria 790 $72,500
Dayton 420 $65,220
Toledo 270 $64,590
Canton 190 $59,880
Massillon 190 $59,880
Mansfield 130 $58,580
Springfield 80 $67,040
Lima N/A $63,100
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 240 $53,360
Tulsa 130 $46,900
Lawton 40 $42,670
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Medford 70 N/A
Redmond N/A $68,470
Bend N/A $68,470
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1200 $56,370
Lancaster 140 $62,770
Barre 120 $57,980
Scranton 120 $57,980
Hazleton 120 $57,980
Wilkes 120 $57,980
York 100 $68,440
Hanover 100 $68,440
Lebanon 70 $69,570
Harrisburg N/A $59,400
Carlisle N/A $59,400
Reading N/A $60,000
East Stroudsburg N/A $70,530
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 1070 $35,630
Carolina 1070 $35,630
San Juan 1070 $35,630
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 200 $49,530
Greenville 50 $47,230
Anderson 50 $47,230
Mauldin 50 $47,230
Charleston 50 $54,230
North Charleston 50 $54,230
Spartanburg 40 $60,360
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 100 $46,520
Sioux Falls N/A $45,720
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 540 $47,190
Davidson 540 $47,190
Murfreesboro 540 $47,190
Nashville 540 $47,190
Knoxville 370 $47,200
Johnson City 110 $46,630
Cleveland 80 $46,730
Jackson 60 $46,920
Morristown 40 $41,360
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 2460 $56,070
Arlington 2460 $56,070
Fort Worth 2460 $56,070
The Woodlands 1560 $59,120
Sugar Land 1560 $59,120
Houston 1560 $59,120
San Antonio 800 $55,210
New Braunfels 800 $55,210
Austin 570 $51,850
Round Rock 570 $51,850
Mission 330 $52,980
McAllen 330 $52,980
Edinburg 330 $52,980
El Paso 310 $54,340
Brownsville 260 $48,330
Harlingen 260 $48,330
Corpus Christi 170 $61,260
Killeen 150 $52,430
Temple 150 $52,430
Port Arthur 140 $49,420
Beaumont 140 $49,420
Waco 130 $49,360
Amarillo 130 $54,740
Longview 100 $46,860
Tyler 90 $47,070
Lubbock 70 $48,570
Denison 70 $52,480
Sherman 70 $52,480
Abilene 50 $48,120
Wichita Falls 50 $49,220
San Angelo 50 $49,590
College Station 50 $50,220
Bryan 50 $50,220
Midland 50 $55,440
Victoria 40 $49,670
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 100 $47,570
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 80 $67,170
Burlington 80 $67,170
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 290 $58,690
Roanoke 140 $46,780
Staunton 80 $48,690
Waynesboro 80 $48,690
Blacksburg 80 $61,580
Radford 80 $61,580
Christiansburg 80 $61,580
Charlottesville 70 $56,730
Lynchburg 60 $48,230
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 950 $65,250
Tacoma 950 $65,250
Seattle 950 $65,250
Spokane 220 $65,050
Spokane Valley 220 $65,050
Richland 130 $58,150
Kennewick 130 $58,150
Yakima 130 $62,110
Tumwater 100 $66,800
Olympia 100 $66,800
Wenatchee 60 $68,330
Longview 40 $58,210
Bellingham 40 $68,170
Mount Vernon 40 $68,480
Anacortes 40 $68,480
Walla Walla 30 $65,610
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 120 $58,070
Waukesha 120 $58,070
Milwaukee 120 $58,070
Madison 50 $56,470
Green Bay N/A $54,560

Most Popular Industries for :
Secondary 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 97,620 97% $51,660
Government 1,880 1% $48,100
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