What Do High School Teacher Do?
Occupation Description Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.
Life As a High School Teacher: What Do They Do?
- Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
- Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
- Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
- Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
- Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
- Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
Qualities of a High School Teacher
When polled, High 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.
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.
Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Types of High School Teacher Jobs
- English Instructor
- Grades Nine Through Twelve Home Teacher
- Health and Physical Education Teacher
- History Teacher
- Piano Teacher
Job Opportunities for High School Teachers
In the United States, there were 1,018,700 jobs for High School Teacher in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 76,800 new jobs for High School Teacher by 2026. There will be an estimated 79,500 positions for High School Teacher per year.
The states with the most job growth for High 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 High School Teacher Make?
The average yearly salary of a High School Teacher ranges between $39,740 and $97,500.
High School Teachers who work in California, New York, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.
How much do High School Teachers make in each U.S. state?
|State||Annual Mean Salary|
|District of Columbia||$65,180|
What Tools do High School Teachers Use?
Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many High School Teachers:
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Web browser software
- Email software
- Microsoft SharePoint
- Google Drive
- Video editing software
- Instructional software
Becoming a High School Teacher
What education is needed to be a High School Teacher?
What work experience do I need to become a High School Teacher?
Where High School Teachers Are Employed
The table below shows the approximate number of High School Teachers employed by various industries.
Those who work as a High School Teacher sometimes switch careers to one of these choices:
- Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
- Recreation and Fitness Studies Professors
- Communications Professors
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