Middle / High School Teacher Career

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Middle / High School Teacher

Career Area: Education and Training

Occupation Group: K-12 Teaching

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Middle / High School Teacher earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $44,618

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $48,549

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Teaches middle school students, usually in grades 6 - 8, in a public or private school. Teaches one subject, or a group of subjects, such as math and science; works with one class all year or teaches different classes of students throughout the day. May mentor students, coach a school team or advise a student club. May specialize in working with students learning English or students with learning disabilities or emotional and behavioral disorders.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina1450+8%
Nationwide52344+7.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Middle / High School Teacher is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • English: English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Physical Abilities: Physical Abilities, which refers to the ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs. These abilities often require strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Teaching: Working experience of teaching, which is defined as imparting knowledge to an individual or class, or instruct someone as to how to do something.
  • Lesson Planning: Working experience developing or implementing teachers' description of a course of instruction for a lesson.
  • Special Education: Special education (also known as special needs education, aided education, exceptional education or Special Ed) is the practice of educating students with special educational needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs.
  • Learning Styles: Learning styles refer to a range of competing and contested theories that aim to account for differences in individuals' learning.
  • Progress Reports: A report or account is any informational work (usually of writing, speech, television, or film) made with the specific intention of relaying information or recounting certain events in a widely presentable form.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Middle / High School Teacher that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Learning Styles: Learning styles refer to a range of competing and contested theories that aim to account for differences in individuals' learning.
  • Tutoring: Working experience of Tutoring, which is the act of teaching or instructing, or remedial or additional teaching, designed to help people who need extra help with their studies.
  • Social Studies: Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences, humanities and history.
  • Assessment Data:
  • Group Instruction: Experience leading a group of learners to construct their own knowledge models in a socially collaborative environment.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree88%
Master's Degree7%
Doctoral Degree0%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years55%
3 to 5 years39%
6 to 8 years2%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Teacher
  • Student Engagement And Motivation Teacher Training Presenter
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Certified Teacher
  • Teacher Trainer

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