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Working As An Information Technology Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $63,648

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Technology 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 An Information Technology 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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Information Technology Instructor jobs

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Information Technology Instructor Career Paths

Information Technology Instructor
Information Technology Director Adjunct Faculty Associate Dean
Academic Affairs Dean
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager Program Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Education Director
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager Operations Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Chairperson
Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Technician Sales Manager
Managing Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Technical Support Specialist Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Technical Support Specialist Quality Assurance Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer Program Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Instructor 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Instructor 7.6%
Consultant 2.8%
Manager 2.7%
Top Employers After
Instructor 5.2%
Consultant 4.9%
Owner 3.1%

Information Technology Instructor Demographics

Gender

Male

70.8%

Female

27.5%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

75.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

4.2%

Black or African American

1.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.3%

Arabic

15.1%

Portuguese

9.4%

French

7.5%

Chinese

3.8%

German

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Dari

1.9%

Persian

1.9%

Cheyenne

1.9%

Dakota

1.9%

Thai

1.9%

Italian

1.9%
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Information Technology Instructor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.9%

Capella University

9.3%

Strayer University

7.5%

Webster University

6.6%

American InterContinental University

6.2%

University of Maryland - University College

5.7%

Western Governors University

5.3%

Walden University

4.8%

Kaplan University

3.5%

Bellevue University

3.1%

Lawrence Technological University

2.6%

Kean University

2.2%

Troy University

2.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.2%

Howard University

2.2%

Purdue University

2.2%

Boston University

2.2%

East Carolina University

1.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

1.8%

The Academy

1.8%
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Majors

Information Technology

16.1%

Business

15.9%

Computer Science

12.2%

Computer Information Systems

12.2%

Education

4.4%

Information Systems

4.4%

Computer Systems Security

3.8%

Computer Networking

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Management

3.4%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Educational Technology

2.6%

Elementary Education

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Educational Leadership

1.9%

Project Management

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Health Care Administration

1.5%

Mathematics

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

36.0%

Bachelors

32.4%

Other

13.5%

Associate

8.2%

Doctorate

4.3%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Information Technology Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Instructor Unitek Information Systems Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 20, 2016 $90,000
IT Instructor Uktha Global, Inc. Suwanee, GA Jul 31, 2015 $73,045
IT Instructor and Technology Curriculum Coordinator Town of Westlake Westlake, TX Aug 06, 2016 $72,212
IT Instructor VCIT Solutions, Inc. Norcross, GA Feb 11, 2015 $70,000
IT Instructor and Technology Coordinator Town of Westlake Westlake, TX Feb 06, 2016 $69,839
IT Instructor and Technology Coordinator Town of Westlake DBA Westlake Academy Westlake, TX Nov 02, 2016 $69,839
Middle School IT Instructor Town of Westlake Westlake, TX Jun 07, 2013 $68,476
Instructor of Information Technology Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI Jul 01, 2010 $67,369
Information & Communication Technology Instructor J.F. Drake State Technical College Huntsville, AL Dec 15, 2009 $66,414
Middle School IT Instructor Town of Westlake Westlake, TX Jun 14, 2013 $60,980
IT Instructor (Automation Testing) Uktha Global, Inc. Suwanee, GA Jul 31, 2015 $60,000
IT Instructor VCIT Solutions, Inc. Norcross, GA Sep 01, 2015 $60,000
IT Instructor VCIT Solutions, Inc. Norcross, GA Sep 15, 2015 $60,000
IT Instructor VCIT Solutions, Inc. Norcross, GA Aug 01, 2015 $60,000
IT Instructor (DBA) Uktha Global, Inc. Suwanee, GA Jul 31, 2015 $60,000
IT Instructor Future Media Concepts, Inc. New York, NY Oct 10, 2015 $57,400
Information Technology Instructor(It Instructor) VCIT Solutions, Inc. Norcross, GA Jul 10, 2014 $56,000
Information Technology Instructor(It Instructor) VCIT Solutions, Inc. Norcross, GA Sep 01, 2014 $56,000
IT Instructor VCIT Solutions, Inc. Norcross, GA Aug 01, 2015 $56,000
Information Technology Instructor(It Instructor) VCIT Solutions, Inc. Norcross, GA Apr 22, 2013 $56,000

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Top Skills for An Information Technology Instructor

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Top Information Technology Instructor Skills

  1. Course Curriculum
  2. Classroom Instruction
  3. Information Technology Instructor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created class syllabus and course curriculum for a number of subjects.
  • Provide classroom instruction to students using the Microsoft and Cisco curriculum for the following courses:.
  • Served as an Information Technology Instructor and presented formal classroom instruction of Microsoft Official Curriculum courseware.
  • Instruct evening and weekend classes for the CompTIA A+ Certification Course.
  • Identified, implemented, tested and maintained computer hardware and software.

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