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History / Social Studies Teacher

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A History or Social Studies Teacher 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.

Job Outlook

There were 1180 History / Social Studies Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 17203 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 2015:

Salary

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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $61,121.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $56,594.

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 $53,556.

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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree2.66%
Bachelor's Degree53.92%
Master's Degree25.09%
Doctoral Degree5.75%
Other7.7%

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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years69.37%
3 to 5 years27.16%
6 to 8 years1.62%
9+ years1.85%

Skills

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.

Baseline Skills

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

  • Teaching (56.15%)
  • Communication (34.08%)
  • Planning (14.64%)
  • Writing (12.93%)
  • English Language (11.39%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (11.09%)
  • Management (9.77%)
  • Leadership (8.9%)
  • Progress Reporting (8.06%)
  • Research (7.63%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Social Studies (71.07%)
  • Lesson Planning (24.85%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Differentiated Instruction (11.06%)
  • Economics (10.15%)
  • Individualized Education Programs (IEP) (9.07%)
  • Pedagogy (6.02%)
  • Social Sciences (7.23%)
  • Special Education (8.34%)
  • Curriculum Development (15.54%)
  • Instructional Strategies (8.21%)
  • Classroom Management (12.5%)
  • Learning Styles (11.21%)
  • Educational Assessment (8.92%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • World History (5.28%)
  • United States History (7.48%)

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
  • High School Social Studies Teacher
  • History Teacher
  • High School History Teacher
  • 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
  • 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
  • Secondary Social Studies Teacher
  • 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
  • Long Term Substitute Social Studies Teacher
  • Adjunct History 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 History / Social Studies Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Fusion Academy (234)
  • Clark County School District (222)
  • IDEA Public Schools (188)
  • Fusion (156)
  • Charter Schools USA (115)
  • Chicago Public Schools (104)
  • Greenville County Schools (102)
  • Stride K12 (90)
  • Pasco County Schools (75)
  • Boston Public Schools (71)

North Carolina

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (66)
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (41)
  • Wake County Public Schools (39)
  • Durham Public Schools (28)
  • Pender County Schools (27)
  • Johnston County Public Schools (26)
  • Cumberland County Schools (26)
  • Teach (22)
  • Sargent Rehabilitation Center (21)
  • Gaston County Schools (20)

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!