What do they do?

Teach one or more subjects to students at the middle, intermediate, or junior high school level.

Also known as:

Algebra Teacher, American History Teacher, Art Instructor, Art Teacher, Band Teacher, Classroom Teacher, Computer Teacher, Educator, English and Language Arts Teacher, English Teacher, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher (FACS Teacher), Health and Physical Education Teacher, Health Teacher, History Teacher, Humanities Teacher, Instrumental Music Teacher, Language Arts Teacher, Life Science Teacher, Mathematics Teacher (Math Teacher), Middle School Mathematics Teacher (Middle School Math Teacher), Middle School Science Teacher, Middle School Teacher, Music Teacher, Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher), Public School Teacher, Reading Teacher, Science Teacher, Social Studies Teacher, Spanish Teacher, Teacher, Vocal Music Instructor

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

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  • 11%

    Change

    Ranks #13 in job growth rate
    1,470

    Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (4%)
  • Master's degree  (46%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (44%)
  • Associate's degree  (2%)
  • Some college, no degree  (3%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (<1%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (<1%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • 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 that there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Encourage students.
  • Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.
  • Develop instructional objectives.
  • Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Set up classroom materials or equipment.
  • Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.
  • Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Apply multiple teaching methods.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Monitor student performance.
  • Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.
  • Plan educational activities.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
  • Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.
  • Assign class work to students.
  • Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
  • Tutor students who need extra assistance.
  • Assist students with special educational needs.
  • Document lesson plans.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment.
  • Supervise school or student activities.
  • Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
  • Display student work.
  • Plan experiential learning activities.
  • Coordinate student extracurricular activities.
  • Evaluate performance of educational staff.
  • Supervise student research or internship work.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 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

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