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Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Instructor, Cosmetology Instructor, Professor, Business Instructor

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What they do:
Teach or instruct vocational or occupational subjects at the postsecondary level (but at less than the baccalaureate) to students who have graduated or left high school. Includes correspondence school, industrial, and commercial instructors; and adult education teachers and instructors who prepare persons to operate industrial machinery and equipment and transportation and communications equipment. Teaching may take place in public or private schools whose primary business is education or in a school associated with an organization whose primary business is other than education.
On the job, you would:
  • Supervise and monitor students' use of tools and equipment.
  • Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress, provide feedback, and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Determine training needs of students or workers.

Knowledge

Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
Social
  • teaching people how to do something
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Social Orientation
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Word processing software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google Docs
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$47,990
per year, on average
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