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Working As A Health Careers Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $51,960

    Average Salary

What Does A Health Careers Instructor Do

Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Duties

Career and technical education teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans and assignments
  • Instruct students on how to develop certain skills
  • Show how to apply classroom knowledge through hands-on activities
  • Demonstrate and supervise the safe and proper use of tools and equipment
  • Monitor students’ progress, assign tasks, and grade assignments
  • Discuss students’ progress with parents, students, and counselors
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and safety procedures

Career and technical education teachers help students explore and prepare to enter a specific occupation, in fields such as healthcare or information technology. They use a variety of teaching techniques to help students learn and develop skills related to a specific career or field of study. They demonstrate tasks, techniques, and tools used in an occupation. They may assign hands-on tasks, such as replacing brakes on cars, taking blood pressure, or recording vital signs. Teachers typically oversee these tasks in workshops and laboratories in the school.

Some teachers establish relationships with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide practical work experience for students. They also serve as advisers to students participating in career and technical student organizations.

The specific duties of career and technical education teachers vary by the grade and subject they teach. In middle schools and high schools, they teach general concepts in a classroom and through practical exercises in workshops and laboratories.

In postsecondary schools, they teach specific career skills that help students earn a certificate, diploma, or an associate’s degree, and prepare them for a specific job. For example, welding instructors teach students various welding techniques and essential safety practices. They also monitor the use of tools and equipment, and have students practice procedures until they meet the specific standards required by the trade.

In most states, teachers in middle and high schools instruct one subject within the 16 major career fields, also known as Career Clusters. For example, the career cluster known as architecture and construction includes instruction in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining structures.

Teachers instructing courses in agricultural, food, and natural resources teach topics such as agricultural production; agriculture-related business; veterinary science; and plant, animal, and food systems. For example, they may have students plant and care for crops and tend to animals so that students can apply what they have learned in the classroom.

Career and technical education teachers in hospitality and tourism teach students in subjects such as nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel lodging. For example, teachers may instruct and supervise students in creating menus and preparing food.

Some teach the skills necessary to work as technicians and assistants, such as nursing and dental assistants in health-science occupations.

For information on all 16 major Career Clusters and programs in all other states, visit National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

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How To Become A Health Careers Instructor

Career and technical education teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. They also need work experience in the subject they teach. Some teachers, particularly those in public schools, also may be required to have a state-issued certification or license. Requirements for certification vary by state.

Education

Career and technical education teachers in public schools generally need a bachelor’s degree in the field they teach, such as agriculture, engineering, or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many career and technical education teachers need work experience in the field they teach. For example, automotive mechanics, chefs, and nurses typically spend years in their career before moving into teaching.

Training

Some states require prospective career and technical education teachers to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, prospective teachers gain experience in preparing lessons and teaching students under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

States may require career and technical education teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Requirements for certification vary by state. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Certification typically requires completing a student teaching program and a bachelor’s degree. States usually require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test.

Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development courses to maintain their license. For certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states offer an alternative route to certification for prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree or work experience in their field, but lack the education courses required for certification. Alternative programs typically cover teaching methods, development of lesson plans, and classroom management.

In addition to teaching certification, career and technical education teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license or certification may need to have and maintain the same credential. For example, career and technical education teachers who instruct welding may need to have certification in welding.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to become mentors and lead teachers, helping less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Career and technical education teachers must be able to explain technical concepts in terms that students can understand.

Organizational skills. Career and technical education teachers have many students in different classes throughout the day. They must be able to organize their time and teaching materials.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teachers must be patient with each student in their classroom and develop a positive learning environment.

Resourcefulness. Teachers need to be able to develop different ways of presenting information and demonstrating tasks so that students can learn.

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Health Careers Instructor Demographics

Gender

Female

64.6%

Male

32.5%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

German

14.8%

French

11.1%

Romanian

3.7%

Yoruba

3.7%

Russian

3.7%

Polish

3.7%

Italian

3.7%
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Health Careers Instructor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.0%

Northern Illinois University

10.0%

University of West Florida

5.7%

Jackson State University

5.7%

Miami University

4.3%

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

4.3%

New York University

4.3%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

Wayne State University

4.3%

Central Michigan University

4.3%

Wichita State University

4.3%

Iowa State University

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

University of Iowa

4.3%

University of Oklahoma

4.3%

University of Maine at Augusta

4.3%

Walden University

4.3%

Duquesne University

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

4.3%
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Majors

Nursing

15.6%

Education

8.3%

Business

7.6%

Health Education

7.0%

Psychology

6.4%

Educational Leadership

5.4%

School Counseling

5.1%

Kinesiology

4.8%

Elementary Education

4.5%

Sociology

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.1%

Counseling Psychology

4.1%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Public Health

3.2%

Management

3.2%

Social Work

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Biology

2.5%

Mental Health Counseling

2.2%

Medicine

2.2%
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Degrees

Masters

38.6%

Bachelors

26.0%

Other

17.3%

Doctorate

7.2%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Real Health Careers Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Career Instructor University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jun 16, 2016 $58,000
Career Instructor University of Oregon Eugene, OR Nov 23, 2016 $55,080
Career Instructor University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jun 16, 2016 $55,080
Career Instructor University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jun 16, 2015 $54,000
Career Instructor University of Oregon Eugene, OR Sep 16, 2014 $54,000
Health Informatics Instructor Uktha Global, Inc. Suwanee, GA Aug 31, 2014 $53,845
Health Disciplines Instructor Asa Institute of Business and Computer Technology New York, NY Sep 26, 2011 $53,000
Career Instructor University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jun 16, 2016 $51,156
Career Instructor University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jun 16, 2015 $50,154
Career Instructor F.I.T. Aviation LLC Melbourne, FL Dec 08, 2009 $49,154
Health Specialty Instructor American Institute of Healthcare & Technology LLC Stratford, CT Sep 15, 2014 $49,045
Health Specialty Instructor American Institute of Healthcare & Technology LLC Stratford, CT Sep 15, 2015 $48,500
Career Instructor University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jun 16, 2015 $48,154
Instructor Health Specialties (Surgery) The Administrators of The Tulane Educational Fund New Orleans, LA Jul 01, 2010 $44,630
Career Instructor of Portuguese University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jun 16, 2012 $44,000
Career Instructor of Portuguese University of Oregon Eugene, OR Sep 16, 2012 $44,000
Health Specialty Instructor American Insitutute of Medical Sciences, LLC Piscataway, NJ Jan 02, 2012 $43,827
Health Specialty Instructor American Insitutute of Medical Sciences, LLC Piscataway, NJ Jan 03, 2012 $43,827
Health Specialty Instructor American Insitutute of Medical Sciences, LLC Piscataway, NJ Dec 01, 2011 $43,827

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Top Skills for A Health Careers Instructor

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  1. Curriculum
  2. Instructional Activities
  3. Classroom Setting
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  • Modified the existing curriculum to effectively prepare students for their initial panels.
  • Implement instructional activities that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.
  • Interact with students in classroom setting.
  • Supervised and participated in after school programs to improve student-teacher relationships as well as retention of students.
  • Created lesson plans that established clear objectives, for students; and provide comprehensive and physical test.

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