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Vocational Teachers - What They Do


How to Advance (Advancement)
Teachers may become administrators or supervisors, although the number of these positions is limited and competition for them can be intense. In some systems, highly qualified, experienced teachers can become senior or mentor teachers, with higher pay and additional responsibilities. They guide and assist less experienced teachers while keeping most of their own teaching responsibilities. CTE teachers may also move to teaching classes at the postsecondary level.

Employment
Vocational education teachers held 115,100 jobs in 2008. Of these jobs, vocational education teachers in middle schools held 15,600 jobs and vocational education teachers in secondary schools held 99,400 jobs. Most were employed in public and private educational institutions.

Job Outlook
Employment of vocational teachers is expected to grow as fast as the average as student enrollments continue to increase.

Job Growth
Employment of vocational education teachers is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2008 to 2018, which as fast as the average than all occupations. Employment of middle school vocational education teachers is expected to grow by 3 percent, which is more slowly than the average for all occupations and employment of secondary school vocational education teachers is expected to grow by 10 percent, which about as fast as the average for all occupations. This growth is due in large part to continued growth in school enrollments, which increases demand for these workers. However, growth will be limited by an increased focused on traditional academic subjects.

Through 2018, overall student enrollments in middle, and secondary schools—a key factor in the demand for teachers—are expected to rise more slowly than in the past as children of the baby-boom generation leave the school system. Projected enrollments will vary by region. Rapidly growing States in the South and West will experience the largest enrollment increases. Enrollments in the Midwest are expected to hold relatively steady, while those in the Northeast are expected to decline. Teachers who are geographically mobile and who obtain licensure in more than one subject are likely to have a distinct advantage in finding a job.

Growth in this occupation will be slowed somewhat by an increased focus on traditional academics subjects, like reading and math, and away from career specific training at the middle and secondary school levels. As a result, growth in the employment of vocational education teachers may be limited.

Opportunities in this occupation are expected to be favorable as workers currently employed in this occupation leave the field to retire or for other opportunities.

Earnings
Median annual wages of vocational education teachers in middle schools in May 2008 were $47,870. The middle 50 percent earned between $39,460 and $59,470. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,020, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $72,720.

Median annual wages of vocational education teachers in secondary schools in May 2008 were $51,580. The middle 50 percent earned between $42,110 and $64,120. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,980, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $77,950.

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Academic Programs of Interest

Education
In North America the degree is awarded for courses taken that generally last two years (one year in some Canadian universities). To gain the qualification the student is required to have a previous or substantial progress towards a bachelor's degree, usually in the field that the student wishes to teach ...more
Secondary Education and Teaching
Secondary school teachers may specialize in such areas as mathematics, English, French, special education or second language instruction. Secondary school teachers of vocational and trades subjects may specialize in areas such as hairdressing or auto mechanics. As a Secondary School Teacher you will ...more
Teacher Education
A teacher's professional duties may extend beyond formal teaching. Outside of the classroom teachers may accompany students on field trips, supervise study halls, help with the organization of school functions, and serve as supervisors for extracurricular activities. In some education systems, teachers ...more