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Life As a High School Teacher

Position Description Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Life As a High School Teacher: What Do They Do?

  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.

High School Teacher Skills

Below is a list of the skills most High School Teachers say are important on the job.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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High School Teacher Job Outlook

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 1,018,700 jobs in the United States for High School Teacher. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 76,800 new jobs for High School Teacher by 2026. The BLS estimates 79,500 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for High School Teacher are Utah, Nevada, and Texas. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Connecticut, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

High School Teacher Salary

The average yearly salary of a High School Teacher ranges between $39,740 and $97,500.

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High School Teachers who work in California, New York, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

How much do High School Teachers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $51,180
Alaska $77,920
Arizona $48,610
Arkansas $51,780
California $80,510
Colorado $55,110
Connecticut $76,980
Delaware $65,040
District of Columbia $65,180
Florida $54,120
Georgia $58,050
Hawaii $60,810
Idaho $51,170
Illinois $72,370
Indiana $53,030
Iowa $56,510
Kansas $51,490
Kentucky $56,200
Louisiana $51,810
Maine $54,240
Maryland $72,610
Massachusetts $80,020
Michigan $62,950
Minnesota $64,610
Mississippi $47,190
Missouri $54,280
Montana $50,670
Nebraska $57,500
Nevada $57,910
New Hampshire $61,510
New Jersey $76,390
New Mexico $55,380
New York $85,300
North Carolina $47,580
North Dakota $55,400
Ohio $61,930
Oklahoma $42,540
Oregon $72,640
Pennsylvania $64,830
Rhode Island $71,440
South Carolina $54,400
South Dakota $42,960
Tennessee $53,620
Texas $58,190
Utah $59,070
Vermont $65,850
Virginia $68,770
Washington $67,550
West Virginia $47,050
Wisconsin $58,360
Wyoming $60,620

What Tools & Technology do High School Teachers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many High School Teachers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Google Drive
  • Blackboard
  • Video editing software
  • Logo
  • Instructional software

Becoming a High School Teacher

Learn what High School Teacher education requirements there are.

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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High School Teachers Sector

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