Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

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About the Job

Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

It is also Called

  • World History Teacher
  • World Geography Teacher
  • Vocal Music Instructor
  • Visual Arts Teacher
  • Technology Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Spanish Teacher
  • Social Studies Teacher
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What They Do

  • Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  • Coordinate and supervise extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on staff committees, as required.
  • Organize and label materials and display students' work.
  • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  • Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Preparation Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $70,100 with most people making between $44,750 and $98,270

Outlook

0.95%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 49,700 people in California. It is projected that there will be 54,400 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 470 openings due to growth and about 1,110 replacement openings for approximately 1,580 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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