Occupation Summary

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

O*NET 25-2031.00


Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 13.66%.
Education Level:
Bachelor's Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service

  1. Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  2. Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  3. Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.
  4. Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  5. Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  6. Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  7. Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  8. Assign and grade class work and homework.
  9. Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  10. Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  11. Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  12. Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  13. Guide and counsel students with adjustments, academic problems, or special academic interests.
  14. Instruct and monitor students in the use of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  15. Prepare for assigned classes, and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  16. Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  17. Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
  18. Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  19. Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  20. Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  21. Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  22. Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  23. Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  24. Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
  25. Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  26. Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  27. Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  28. Administer standardized ability and achievement tests, and interpret results to determine students' strengths and needs.
  29. Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  30. Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  31. Perform administrative duties, such as school library assistance, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  32. Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.

National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education employed Annual Growth Rate
Elementary and secondary schools 97.3 0.77

Labor Market Information

2020 National employment 998,800
2020 Texas employment 97,135
Texas projected employment by 2030 110,401
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2030 8,288

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Teaching others how to do something.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
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.
Learning Strategies
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Fluency of Ideas
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
    -- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Thinking Creatively
    -- Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Training and Teaching Others
    -- Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    -- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Other Activities

  • Achievement
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Relationships
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.


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Laser printers: Computer laser printers;

Liquid crystal display projector: Liquid crystal display LCD projectors;

Multimedia projectors: Multimedia projection equipment;

Notebook computers: Laptop computers;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

Photocopiers: Photocopying equipment;

Protective gloves: Safety gloves;

Scanners: Computer data input scanners;

Televisions: Television monitors;

Touch screen monitors: Interactive whiteboards;

Video cassette players or recorders: Video cassette recorders VCR;


Analytical or scientific software: Desmos; Geogebra;

Cloud-based data access and sharing software: Google Drive; Microsoft SharePoint;

Computer based training software: Moodle; Instructional software; Common Curriculum; Schoology;

Data base user interface and query software: PowerSchool SIS; Blackboard software;

Development environment software: ABC programming language; Logo design software;

Electronic mail software: Email software;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Multi-media educational software: Nearpod;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Project management software: Google Classroom;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Video conferencing software: Google Meet;

Video creation and editing software: Flipgrid; Screencastify; Video editing software;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education include:
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  • 25-2023.00 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School
  • 25-2032.00 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • 25-2021.00 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  • 25-2022.00 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • 25-2056.00 Special Education Teachers, Elementary School
  • 25-2057.00 Special Education Teachers, Middle School
  • 25-2058.00 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • 25-9042.00 Teaching Assistants, Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School, Except Special Education
  • 25-3041.00 Tutors

Sources of Additional Information
  • For more information about teaching and becoming a teacher, visit: Teach.org
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • National Education Association
  • For more information about teacher preparation programs, visit: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Market and Career Information  |  101 E. 15th Street, Annex Room 0252  |  Austin, Texas 78778
    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.