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What is a Middle School Teacher?

Position Description 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.

List of Middle School Teacher Job Duties

  • Assist students who need extra help, such as by tutoring and preparing and implementing remedial programs.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from such activities.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and correct student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.

Middle School Teacher Required Skills

When polled, Middle School Teachers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Types of Middle School Teacher Jobs

  • Spanish Teacher
  • Choir Director
  • Physical Fitness Teacher
  • History Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)

Is There Job Demand for Middle School Teachers?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 630,300 jobs in the United States for Middle School Teacher. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 47,400 new jobs for Middle School Teacher by 2026. There will be an estimated 50,500 positions for Middle School Teacher per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Middle School Teacher are Utah, Nevada, and Texas. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Connecticut, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Middle School Teacher Make?

The typical yearly salary for Middle School Teachers is somewhere between $39,090 and $93,180.

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Middle School Teachers who work in New York, Massachusetts, or Connecticut, make the highest salaries.

How much do Middle School Teachers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $50,210
Alaska $75,770
Arizona $43,560
Arkansas $49,570
California $75,660
Colorado $53,400
Connecticut $76,130
Delaware $63,380
District of Columbia $74,410
Florida $53,140
Georgia $58,190
Hawaii $60,900
Idaho $53,660
Illinois $63,860
Indiana $52,690
Iowa $55,300
Kansas $51,790
Kentucky $54,620
Louisiana $49,960
Maine $53,770
Maryland $69,710
Massachusetts $79,030
Michigan $64,540
Minnesota $61,410
Mississippi $46,370
Missouri $55,070
Montana $55,880
Nebraska $60,280
Nevada $58,460
New Hampshire $57,640
New Jersey $72,290
New Mexico $52,810
New York $83,490
North Carolina $47,050
North Dakota $60,900
Ohio $62,130
Oklahoma $41,660
Oregon $75,280
Pennsylvania $67,950
Rhode Island $72,180
South Carolina $52,520
South Dakota $43,860
Tennessee $52,260
Texas $56,580
Utah $61,880
Vermont $59,170
Virginia $66,870
Washington $65,630
West Virginia $45,540
Wisconsin $59,880
Wyoming $60,750

What Tools do Middle School Teachers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Middle School Teachers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Facebook
  • Blackboard
  • Google Drive
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple macOS
  • Video editing software
  • Children’s educational software

How to Become a Middle School Teacher

What education is needed to be a Middle School Teacher?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Middle School Teachers Are Employed

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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