Post-secondary Career and Technical Education Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches or instructs vocational or occupational subjects at the postsecondary level (but at less than the baccalaureate) to students who have graduated or left high school. Includes correspondence school, industrial, and commercial instructors; and adult education teachers and instructors who prepare persons to operate industrial machinery and equipment and transportation and communications equipment. Teaching may take place in public or private schools whose primary business is education or in a school associated with an organization whose primary business is other than education.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Supervises and monitors students' use of tools and equipment.
  • Observes and evaluates students' work to determine progress, provide feedback, and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Determines specific training needs of students or workers.
  • Administers oral, written, and performance tests to measure progress and to evaluate the effectiveness of training.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records, such as student grades, attendance and training activity details.
  • Conducts on-the-job training, classroom instruction, and training sessions to teach principles, techniques, procedures, and methods of designated subjects.
  • Integrates academic and vocational curricula so that students can learn a variety of skills.
  • Develops curricula and plans course content and methods of instruction.
  • Develops teaching aids such as instructional software, multimedia visual aids, or study materials.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

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