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Reading Teacher

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Teaches reading skills to elementary and secondary school students. Helps students with reading, writing and pronouncing words. Often works with students with learning disabilities.

Job Outlook

There were 117 Reading Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4958 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Reading Teacher industry, which includes the Reading Teacher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Reading 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 $45,228.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $42,369.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Reading Teacher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $40,232.

Education and Experience

Posted Reading 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 Degree6%
Bachelor's Degree62%
Master's Degree29%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other2%

Posted Reading 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 years41%
3 to 5 years55%
6 to 8 years1%
9+ years2%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Reading 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.

  • Communication Skills (29%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (23%)
  • Writing (20%)
  • Planning (20%)
  • Research (16%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Teaching (89%)
  • Lesson Planning (17%)
  • Special Education (13%)
  • Tutoring (11%)
  • Assessment Data (8%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Progress Reports (7%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Group Instruction (6%)
  • Learning Styles (6%)
  • Managing Student Data (5%)
  • Elementary Education (4%)

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.

  • Guided Reading (1%) – marginal value $3,126

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Reading Teacher skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Interventionist
  • Middle School Reading Teacher
  • Reading Tutor/Teacher

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 Reading Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Sylvan Learning Center (108)
  • K12, Inc (62)
  • Michigan Education Corps (52)
  • Wyzant, Inc (43)
  • Duval County Public Schools (39)

North Carolina

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (11)
  • Guilford County Schools (5)
  • Winston Salem County Schools (4)
  • Tmsa Elementary School (4)
  • Onslow County Schools (4)

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!

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