History / Social Studies Teacher
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Teaches in the social studies fields for elementary to secondary school students. Elementary school teaching focuses on general social studies, with history overview courses starting in middle school. High school focuses on specific courses of study, such as Modern US History. Fields include history, geography, government, and current events.
There were 1360 History / Social Studies Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 18923 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the History / Social Studies Teacher industry, which includes the History / Social Studies Teacher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new History / Social Studies 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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $47,718.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $44,516.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for History / Social Studies Teacher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $42,691.
Education and Experience
Posted History / Social Studies 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.
Posted History / Social Studies 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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||74%|
|3 to 5 years||22%|
|6 to 8 years||1%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills History / Social Studies 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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (33%)
- Planning (22%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (22%)
- Building Effective Relationships (18%)
- Physical Abilities (17%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Teaching (97%)
- Social Studies (81%)
- Lesson Planning (27%)
- History (22%)
- Special Education (10%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Progress Reports (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Group Instruction (6%)
- Tutoring (5%)
- Assessment Data (4%)
- Curriculum Development (4%)
- Managing Student Data (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.
- Teaching Speakers of Other Languages (1%) – marginal value $4,849
- English as a Second Language (2%) – marginal value $3,494
- Student Placement (2%) – marginal value $3,060
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with History / Social Studies Teacher skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Social Studies Teacher
- Middle School Social Studies Teacher
- High School Social Studies Teacher
- History Teacher
- Teacher - Social Studies
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.
- English / Language Arts Teacher
- Math Teacher
- Science Teacher
- Physical Education Teacher
- Elementary School Teacher
- Middle / High School Teacher
- Reading Teacher
- Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher
Here are the employers that have posted the most History / Social Studies Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Idea Public Schools (232)
- Stride Incorporated (166)
- Clark County School District (132)
- Fusion Academy (114)
- Katy Independent School District (108)
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (65)
- Durham Public Schools (39)
- Cabarrus County Schools (32)
- Johnston County Public Schools (29)
- Wake County Schools (29)
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!