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Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Teaches foreign languages to students in elementary to secondary schools. This includes English as a second language. Common foreign languages which are taught are Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, German, Dutch, Russian, Mandarin, and Arabic.

Job Outlook

There were 788 Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 18155 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher industry, which includes the Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $47,948.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $44,062.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $41,691.

Education and Experience

Posted Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5%
Bachelor's Degree66%
Master's Degree28%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other1%

Posted Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years60%
3 to 5 years32%
6 to 8 years5%
9+ years4%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Spanish (52%)
  • Bilingual (35%)
  • English (33%)
  • Communication Skills (28%)
  • English as a Second Language (22%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Teaching (96%)
  • Lesson Planning (23%)
  • Teaching Speakers of Other Languages (21%)
  • Learning Styles (9%)
  • Special Education (8%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Progress Reports (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Tutoring (6%)
  • Group Instruction (3%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Elementary Education (2%) – marginal value $2,892

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Spanish Teacher
  • Esl Teacher
  • High School Spanish Teacher
  • French Teacher
  • Middle School Spanish Teacher

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • K12, Inc (251)
  • Ica Language Services (216)
  • Boston Public Schools (193)
  • Chicago Public Schools (170)
  • Irving Independent School District (150)

North Carolina

  • Wake County Schools (71)
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (29)
  • Winston Salem County Schools (26)
  • Durham Public Schools (23)
  • Yorktown Systems Group, Inc (19)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!

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