Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

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What do they do?

Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Also known as:

Art Teacher, Classroom Teacher, Educator, Elementary Classroom Teacher, Elementary Education Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Fifth Grade Teacher, First Grade Teacher, General Education Teacher, Mathematics Teacher (Math Teacher), Music Teacher, Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher), Primary Teacher, Second Grade Teacher, Sixth Grade Teacher, Teacher, Title I Reading Teacher

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 11.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #10 in job growth rate
  • 2,950

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #11 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (4.1%)
  • Master's degree (47.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (43.8%)
  • Associate's degree (2.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (2.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
  • Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.
  • Apply multiple teaching methods.
  • Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.
  • Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
  • Set up classroom materials or equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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