Middle School Career/Technical Education Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches occupational, career and technical, or vocational subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level.

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


A person in this career:

  • Instructs and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Prepares materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Instructs students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Maintains accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Enforces all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Uses computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Assigns and grades class work and homework.

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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