Occupation Summary

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

O*NET 25-2031.00


Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 20.55%.
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 adjustment or 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 areas of need.
  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 assisting in school libraries, 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.

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Labor Market Information

2016 National employment 1,018,700
2016 Texas employment 106,131
Texas projected employment by 2026 127,936
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 10,131

* 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
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.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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.
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.
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.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Learning Strategies
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Teaching others how to do something.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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 there is a problem.
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 Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

  • Training and Teaching Others
    -- Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
    -- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Coaching and Developing Others
    -- Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Other Activities

  • Adapt course of study to meet student needs
  • Administer educational, research, or work-related grants
  • Advise students on education and career-related issues
  • Assist students with classes, courses, or extracurricular activities
  • Collaborate with professionals or peers from other disciplines and backgrounds
  • Communicate individual or group progress
  • Communicate with others using social media
  • Conduct educational presentations
  • Conduct parent conferences
  • Confer with parents to determine student needs or develop programs
  • Confer with school personnel to determine student needs or develop programs
  • Control organizational, product, or material inventory
  • Correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling in written materials
  • Demonstrate physical activities
  • Design informational presentations
  • Determine student learning levels
  • Determine student problems
  • Develop course or training objectives
  • Develop educational assessment materials
  • Develop instructional materials
  • Develop instructional programs
  • Develop teaching aids
  • Direct band or orchestra
  • Establish relationships with students
  • Evaluate educational outcomes
  • Evaluate instructional curricula
  • Evaluate instructional material
  • Evaluate instructional programs
  • Evaluate student performance
  • Evaluate students for needs, skills, or educational potential
  • Maintain business or financial records, reports, or files
  • Maintain educational or training-related records, reports, or files
  • Maintain group discipline in an educational setting
  • Manage classroom activities
  • Manage decorum in meetings or group sessions
  • Mentor individuals in the workplace
  • Mentor parents in educational setting
  • Mentor students
  • Monitor student classroom activities
  • Monitor student progress
  • Motivate student behavior and performance
  • Operate computers to enter, calculate, access, and retrieve data
  • Organize educational material or ideas
  • Organize speakers or judges for classes, events, or programs
  • Oversee site-based school management
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Plan student extra-curricular activities
  • Plan tutoring programs
  • Prepare audio-visual teaching aids
  • Prepare technical or scientific reports
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Provide health education and disease prevention instruction
  • Recommend treatments for speech or hearing problems
  • Record student progress
  • Report physical or emotional abuse
  • Resolve academic problems
  • Resolve behavioral problems in school setting
  • Resolve problems in educational settings
  • Respond to employee or worker concerns
  • Respond to parent or student concerns
  • Schedule individual, group, or organizational training
  • Schedule student field trips
  • Select method of instruction
  • Select teaching materials
  • Serve on academic, scientific, and advisory committees
  • Serve on planning, governance, or administrative committees
  • Set-up equipment for demonstrations or presentations
  • Supervise subordinate personnel or contractors
  • Teach correct eating habits
  • Teach food or nutrition principles
  • Teach laboratory safety
  • Teach mentally or emotionally-impaired students
  • Teach music for specific instruments
  • Teach secondary or post-secondary courses
  • Teach social skills
  • Teach sports rules or techniques
  • Teach training techniques
  • Translate written or spoken language
  • Transpose music from one voice or instrument to another
  • Update educational curriculum
  • Upload data to website or online server for information sharing
  • Write public sector, educational, or institutional grant proposals

  • 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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Childrens science kits: Science activity kits;

Compasses: Pencil compasses;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Digital camcorders or video cameras: Digital video cameras;

Document camera: Document cameras;

Gas burners: Bunsen burners;

Goggles: Safety goggles;

Hand held camcorders or video cameras: Video camcorders;

Laboratory beakers: Glass beakers;

Laboratory hotplates: Laboratory heating plates;

Laboratory scalpels: Dissection scalpels;

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;


Computer based training software: Instructional software;

Data base user interface and query software: Blackboard software;

Development environment software: Logo; ABC programming language;

Electronic mail software: Email software;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Project management software: Microsoft SharePoint software;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Video creation and editing software: Video editing software;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education include:
  • 25-3011.00 Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors
  • 25-2023.00 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School
  • 21-2021.00 Directors, Religious Activities and Education
  • 25-2021.00 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  • 21-1091.00 Health Educators
  • 25-9031.00 Instructional Coordinators
  • 25-4021.00 Librarians
  • 25-2022.00 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • 39-9032.00 Recreation Workers
  • 13-1151.00 Training and Development Specialists

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.