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Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Bilingual, ESL, or Foreign Language Teacher 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 1619 Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 40095 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 2015:

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 $62,128.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $59,789.

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 $53,674.

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 Degree4.94%
Bachelor's Degree48.95%
Master's Degree22%
Doctoral Degree4.21%
Other9.35%

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 years65.99%
3 to 5 years29.02%
6 to 8 years2.54%
9+ years2.45%

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.

  • Teaching (53.5%)
  • Spanish Language (39.89%)
  • Communication (31.86%)
  • English Language (24.62%)
  • Writing (16.79%)
  • Multilingualism (15.91%)
  • Planning (13.11%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (10.31%)
  • Foreign Language (9.97%)
  • Research (8.15%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Teaching English As A Second Language (15.22%)
  • Language Education (10.72%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Classroom Management (17.89%)
  • Learning Styles (13.29%)
  • Lesson Planning (32.1%)
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) (16.06%)
  • Curriculum Development (19.97%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Linguistics (7.22%)

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.

  • Language Education (36.63%)
  • Linguistics (24.69%)
  • Teaching English As A Second Language (52.02%)

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
  • World Language Teacher
  • ESL Instructor
  • Foreign Language Teacher
  • French Teacher
  • American Sign Language Teacher
  • Upper School Spanish Teacher
  • Spanish Instructor

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

  • Chicago Public Schools (532)
  • Boston Public Schools (288)
  • Language Trainers (259)
  • Fusion Academy (255)
  • Clark County School District (235)
  • Orange County Public Schools (225)
  • Madison Metropolitan School District (215)
  • San Francisco Unified School District (204)
  • Language Learning Network (191)
  • Fusion (162)

North Carolina

  • Fayetteville Technical Community College (101)
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (88)
  • Wake County Public Schools (46)
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (43)
  • Durham Public Schools (38)
  • Johnston County Public Schools (35)
  • Sargent Rehabilitation Center (29)
  • Teach (20)
  • University of North Carolina (18)
  • Union County Public Schools (18)

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!