CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEACHER

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Teach occupational, vocational, career, or technical subjects to students at the secondary school level.

OTHER JOB TITLES

Agricultural Education Teacher, Allied Health Teacher, Business Education Teacher, Cosmetology Teacher, Drafting Instructor, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher (FACS Teacher), Instructor, Teacher, Technology Education Teacher, Vocational Teacher

JOB TASKS

  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.

  • Observe and evaluate students’ performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.

  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.

ANNUAL SALARY

  • Workers on average earn $32.46/hr. – $62,460 annual.
  • Projected Growth (2019-2029) Slower than average (1%-2%)
  • Projected job openings (2019-2029) 4800

REQUIRED EDUCATION

High school diploma/GED, Bachelor’s Degree, Experience in the Field

LOCAL CAREER SPOTLIGHT

BILL MAY

Technical Teacher

COMPANY DETAILS

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is the flagship of a school district that provides the tools and opportunities for career and academic success to thousands of learners each year.

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I’ve always enjoyed hands-on and creative activities. While attending Leicester High School, I completed an English assignment that required me to create a script and make a related video commercial. Over the course of this project, I discovered that I enjoyed the technical aspects of setting up, directing, and recording scenes. I also enjoyed the editing process of creating a story, and I knew that a job in design would be a profession I would enjoy. After high school, I attended Worcester State University where I received a 4-year degree in Communications from Worcester State University. I then worked in industry for 13 years where my experience creating and producing marketing videos for corporations and news organizations later informed me to pursue a career in Education. I obtained two Masters degrees, the first being in Occupational Education from Fitchburg State University and the second in Educational Leadership from Endicott College. Today, I am a Design and Visual Curriculum teacher at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. Teaching allows me to still focus on design and creativity in the workplace and grow enthusiasm for these subjects with students. Teaching also has enabled my students and I to do important community projects that benefit local organizations. Every day, I look forward to the changes in the school environment, whether that be in the music students listen to, the sports teams they follow, or the politics they are debating. I have learned over time that many students have separate social and emotional situations that are not always connected to education or curriculum. I have found that patience, understanding, and compassion for others’ feelings are key qualities a teacher needs to develop in order to work best with students. I enjoy helping my school community, and in the future, I would like to continue coaching sports and staying on top of the changes in my trade.

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O*NET ONLINE

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ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

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