Middle / High School Teacher
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.
There were 6058 Middle / High School Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 78278 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Middle / High School Teacher industry, which includes the Middle / High School Teacher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Middle / High School 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 $45,041.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $43,001.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Middle / High School Teacher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $39,672.
Education and Experience
Posted Middle / High School 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 Middle / High School 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||71%|
|3 to 5 years||24%|
|6 to 8 years||2%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Middle / High School 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 (27%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (21%)
- Planning (19%)
- Building Effective Relationships (14%)
- Physical Abilities (13%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Teaching (95%)
- Lesson Planning (25%)
- Special Education (17%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Progress Reports (8%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Learning Styles (7%)
- Tutoring (6%)
- Group Instruction (4%)
- Assessment Data (4%)
- Social Studies (4%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Middle / High School Teacher skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Middle School Teacher
- High School Teacher
- Stem Teacher
- Certified Teacher
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
- Elementary School Teacher
- Physical Education Teacher
- History / Social Studies Teacher
- Science Teacher
- Reading Teacher
Here are the employers that have posted the most Middle / High School Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Getselected Com (1081)
- Preply (1005)
- Stride Incorporated (895)
- Idea Public Schools (621)
- Nelnet (552)
- Durham Public Schools (296)
- Guilford County Schools (235)
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (198)
- Wake County Schools (180)
- Union County Public Schools (130)
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!
- Agricultural and Extension Education Master's Degrees
- Business and Marketing Education Initial Licensure Program Teacher Licensure
- Curriculum and Instruction: New Literacies and Global Learning Master's Degrees
- Education for Agricultural Professionals Teacher Licensure
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Master's Degrees
- English as a Second Language Add-on Teacher Licensure
- Leadership in Agriculture and Human Sciences Graduate Certificates
- Mathematics - Secondary Education Master's Degrees
- Mathematics Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificates
- Science - Secondary Education Master's Degrees
- Social Studies - Middle Grades Master's Degrees
- Social Studies - Secondary Education Master's Degrees
- Statistics Education Graduate Certificates
- STEM Education - Engineering and Technology Master's Degrees
- STEM Education - Mathematics and Statistics Master's Degrees
- STEM Education - Science Master's Degrees