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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.

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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 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 (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover N/A $58,550
Birmingham N/A $58,550
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 640 $48,690
Phoenix 640 $48,690
Mesa 640 $48,690
Tucson 170 $45,870
Flagstaff 40 $40,990
Lake Havasu City 40 $41,720
Kingman 40 $41,720
Douglas 40 $48,840
Sierra Vista 40 $48,840
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 280 $55,710
North Little Rock 280 $55,710
Little Rock 280 $55,710
Jonesboro 40 $47,750
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 1280 $75,900
Long Beach 1280 $75,900
Anaheim 1280 $75,900
San Francisco 400 $63,080
Oakland 400 $63,080
Hayward 400 $63,080
Arcade 150 $76,170
Sacramento 150 $76,170
Roseville 150 $76,170
Arden 150 $76,170
Fresno 150 $76,430
Modesto 140 $60,580
Bakersfield 90 $71,130
Oxnard 60 $56,600
Ventura 60 $56,600
Thousand Oaks 60 $56,600
Carlsbad N/A $72,300
San Diego N/A $72,300
Ontario N/A $80,450
San Bernardino N/A $80,450
Riverside N/A $80,450
Lodi N/A $85,820
Stockton N/A $85,820
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 320 $61,820
Aurora 320 $61,820
Denver 320 $61,820
Colorado Springs 60 $50,120
Greeley 50 $47,930
Fort Collins 40 $49,290
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Hartford 930 $82,830
East Hartford 930 $82,830
Hartford 930 $82,830
Bridgeport 560 $78,890
Stamford 560 $78,890
Norwalk 560 $78,890
New Haven 420 $82,830
Danbury 150 $82,830
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 3080 $52,250
Miami 3080 $52,250
West Palm Beach 3080 $52,250
Tampa 950 N/A
St. Petersburg 950 N/A
Clearwater 950 N/A
Sanford 900 $47,950
Orlando 900 $47,950
Kissimmee 900 $47,950
Jacksonville 340 $54,040
Brent 230 $24,560
Pensacola 230 $24,560
Ferry Pass 230 $24,560
Tallahassee 160 $42,860
Gainesville 110 $31,130
Port St. Lucie 110 $51,040
Fort Walton Beach 80 $44,730
Destin 80 $44,730
Crestview 80 $44,730
Deltona 50 $49,010
Ormond Beach 50 $49,010
Daytona Beach 50 $49,010
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 650 $53,870
Sandy Springs 650 $53,870
Atlanta 650 $53,870
Clarke County 70 $60,160
Athens 70 $60,160
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 40 $52,380
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 60 $48,500
Rockford 50 $65,740
Marion 40 $53,410
Carbondale 40 $53,410
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 260 $56,350
Carmel 260 $56,350
Indianapolis 260 $56,350
Goshen 90 $53,280
Elkhart 90 $53,280
La Porte 50 $48,760
Michigan City 50 $48,760
Lafayette 30 $58,870
West Lafayette 30 $58,870
Fort Wayne N/A $55,980
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 70 $54,670
West Des Moines N/A $53,950
Des Moines N/A $53,950
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 90 $57,050
Topeka 50 $46,130
Lawrence 30 $49,890
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 220 $57,980
Bossier City 200 $58,180
Shreveport 200 $58,180
Lafayette 180 $50,500
New Orleans 160 $57,640
Metairie 160 $57,640
Monroe 50 $52,100
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 400 $70,580
Columbia 400 $70,580
Baltimore 400 $70,580
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 130 $88,940
Gardner 40 $67,860
Leominster 40 $67,860
Barnstable Town 40 $73,850
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 400 $66,710
Dearborn 400 $66,710
Warren 400 $66,710
Wyoming 310 $68,710
Grand Rapids 310 $68,710
East Lansing 80 $66,330
Lansing 80 $66,330
Flint 60 $58,840
Portage 60 $59,460
Kalamazoo 60 $59,460
Bay City 60 $66,380
Monroe 40 $62,970
Ann Arbor 40 $73,320
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 130 $44,380
Pascagoula 90 $47,930
Biloxi 90 $47,930
Gulfport 90 $47,930
Hattiesburg 50 $44,550
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield N/A $44,790
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Island 40 $60,070
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hammonton 50 $75,200
Atlantic City 50 $75,200
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 490 $60,930
Buffalo 490 $60,930
Cheektowaga 490 $60,930
Rochester 470 $63,190
Schenectady 340 $62,640
Albany 340 $62,640
Troy 340 $62,640
Watertown 200 $58,560
Fort Drum 200 $58,560
Syracuse 180 $74,780
Utica 150 $55,200
Rome 150 $55,200
Binghamton 70 $59,050
Glens Falls 50 $59,150
Ithaca 30 $58,350
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 630 $47,120
Winston 370 $47,480
Salem 370 $47,480
Chapel Hill 270 $47,630
Durham 270 $47,630
Asheville 210 $43,410
Lenoir 150 $50,420
Hickory 150 $50,420
Morganton 150 $50,420
Rocky Mount 90 $45,460
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 40 $55,730
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 1130 $70,940
Elyria 1130 $70,940
Toledo 390 $59,860
Massillon 200 $61,090
Canton 200 $61,090
Mansfield 70 $57,400
Dayton N/A $59,820
Columbus N/A $71,370
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 250 $54,480
Tulsa 120 $41,620
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Redmond N/A $73,390
Bend N/A $73,390
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 770 $55,720
Carlisle 290 $61,820
Harrisburg 290 $61,820
York 120 $68,570
Hanover 120 $68,570
Wilkes 100 $57,900
Scranton 100 $57,900
Hazleton 100 $57,900
Barre 100 $57,900
Reading N/A $61,270
Lebanon N/A $63,580
Lancaster N/A $64,250
Gettysburg N/A $66,270
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 1100 $35,940
Carolina 1100 $35,940
San Juan 1100 $35,940
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Florence 60 $44,310
Spartanburg 60 $56,710
North Charleston N/A $51,350
Charleston N/A $51,350
Columbia N/A $51,960
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 80 $48,570
Sioux Falls 70 $46,370
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 500 $48,050
Franklin 500 $48,050
Davidson 500 $48,050
Nashville 500 $48,050
Knoxville 380 $47,700
Johnson City 110 $47,810
Cleveland 80 $47,470
Jackson 60 $49,590
Morristown N/A $44,090
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 2450 $58,770
Fort Worth 2450 $58,770
Arlington 2450 $58,770
Houston 1600 $61,230
Sugar Land 1600 $61,230
The Woodlands 1600 $61,230
New Braunfels 920 $58,180
San Antonio 920 $58,180
Austin 500 $50,750
Round Rock 500 $50,750
McAllen 360 $52,820
Edinburg 360 $52,820
Mission 360 $52,820
Brownsville 240 $49,440
Harlingen 240 $49,440
El Paso 180 $57,030
Temple 170 $48,840
Killeen 170 $48,840
Corpus Christi 170 $62,420
Waco 130 $49,980
Amarillo 120 $56,010
Tyler 100 $47,880
Beaumont 100 $50,390
Port Arthur 100 $50,390
Bryan 80 $49,470
College Station 80 $49,470
Midland 80 $53,660
Longview 70 $46,960
Lubbock 70 $49,370
Abilene 70 $54,830
San Angelo 50 $49,890
Denison 50 $55,590
Sherman 50 $55,590
Wichita Falls 40 $53,220
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 140 $48,670
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 80 $68,170
Burlington 80 $68,170
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 330 $61,540
Roanoke 160 $48,410
Charlottesville 90 $57,130
Christiansburg 80 $55,540
Blacksburg 80 $55,540
Radford 80 $55,540
Lynchburg 40 $48,610
Waynesboro N/A $53,520
Staunton N/A $53,520
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 1120 $66,740
Bellevue 1120 $66,740
Tacoma 1120 $66,740
Spokane Valley 230 $66,780
Spokane 230 $66,780
Kennewick 150 $61,380
Richland 150 $61,380
Yakima 150 $63,730
Silverdale 120 $65,560
Bremerton 120 $65,560
Olympia 110 $66,930
Tumwater 110 $66,930
Wenatchee 80 $64,740
Bellingham 50 $68,650
Longview 40 $60,310
Walla Walla 40 $63,320
Anacortes 40 $67,590
Mount Vernon 40 $67,590
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 90 $59,600
Waukesha 90 $59,600
Milwaukee 90 $59,600
Madison N/A $53,410

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