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Career Profile: High School Teacher

Career Profile: High School Teacher

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November 22, 2011

Job Description

High school or secondary school teachers help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in middle school. They specialize in a specific subject, such as English, Spanish, mathematics, history, or biology, and also can teach subjects that are career oriented. Vocational education teachers (also referred to as career and technical or career-technology teachers) instruct and train students to work in a wide variety of fields, such as healthcare, business, auto repair, communications, and technology. They often teach courses targeting the industries of area employers, who may provide input into the curriculum and offer internships to students.

Median Annual Salary (2006-2007)


Educational Requirements

All 50 states and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed through the state board of education, though specific requirements vary. Licensing is not required for private school teachers in most states. Different licenses cover the early childhood grades (usually preschool through grade 3); the elementary grades (grades 1 through 6 or 8); the middle grades (grades 5 through 8); a secondary-education subject area (usually grades 7 through 12); or a special subject, such as reading or music (usually grades kindergarten through 12).

Job Outlook

Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent before 2016, with particularly good prospects for teachers in high-demand fields like math, science, and bilingual education, or in less desirable urban or rural school districts.

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