Secondary School Career/Technical Education Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches occupational, career and technical, or vocational subjects at the secondary school level in public or private schools.

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


A person in this career:

  • Observes and evaluates students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Prepares materials and classroom for class activities.
  • Maintains accurate and complete student records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations.
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Instructs and monitors students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injury and damage.
  • Instructs students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Instructs students in the knowledge and skills required in a specific occupation or occupational field, using a systematic plan of lectures, discussions, audio-visual presentations, and laboratory, shop and field studies.
  • Prepares, administers, and grades tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Plans and conducts activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.

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
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • 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 at a distance
  • 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

  • Overtime work

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