Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

General Information


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

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. State and local government71.17%
  2. Private, not for profit14.98%
  3. Private, for profit12.64%
  4. Self-employed0.75%
  5. Federal government0.43%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Technical and Trade Schools

Job Outlook

Overall employment of career and technical education teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by type of institution. While employment of vocational teachers in postsecondary institutions is projected to be show little or no change, employment of career and technical education teachers in middle and secondary schools is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall demand for career and technical education teachers will be driven by a continued demand for programs that prepare students for technical careers at middle and high schools and at postsecondary institutions. As middle and high school students continue to be required to take more academic classes and fewer career and technical classes, employment growth of career and education teachers in middle and high schools may be affected. In addition, public schools are dependent on government funding for career and technical programs. When budgets for these programs are reduced, employment growth for career and technical teachers may be limited.

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Average Salary



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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 73%
  • Post-secondary certificate 15%
  • Master's degree 10%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%


  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Clerical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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