What does a vocational education teacher do?
Vocational education teachers provide instruction to students to enable them to enter a variety of careers. They typically provide instruction on topics that are in high demand in the area. They prepare students to directly enter the workforce or continue their education at postsecondary institutions. They use a variety of teaching methods such as classroom instruction and hands-on activities to make sure students understand classroom subject matter. Vocational education teachers also provide career guidance, help students with job placements, and conduct follow-ups with students after they graduate. They often work in traditional schools, career centers, and other vocational education environments.
What kind of training does a vocational education teacher need?
Vocational education teachers typically need at least a bachelor degree in vocational education or other related field. Many vocational education teachers major in the subject they intend to teach and also complete a teacher preparation program. Some states enable vocational education teachers with extensive experience to enter the profession with a high school diploma or bachelor degree. All states require vocational education teachers that work in public schools to be licensed. The State Board of Education or other licensing committees typically grant licensure. Licensing requirements usually include completion of a bachelor degree and approved teaching program and passing a written examination. Vocational education teachers must complete regular continuing education to maintain their licenses and keep their skills current.
What are the prospects for a career as a vocational education teacher?
Employment of vocational education teachers is expected to grow as fast as average for all professions, increasing 9% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing population and increase in student enrollments will drive job growth.
Job prospects should be favorable especially for vocational education teachers with extensive experience. Many job openings will arise from the need to replace vocational education teachers that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do vocational education teachers make?
As of April 2010, the middle 50% of vocational education teachers earn annual salaries between $39,637 and $58,770. The top 10% earn annual salaries of more than $66,705 (2).
A career as a vocational education teacher is an excellent choice for individuals with a strong interest in vocational education and providing instruction to a variety of students. Vocational education teachers must be very knowledgeable about the subject they teach and have the ability to implement a variety of teaching methods. Patience, creativity, organization, good problem solving skills, and ability to inspire confidence and trust are necessary traits. Vocational education teachers must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to motivate a diverse population of students. They must also understand the needs of their students and respect individual differences.