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Working As An Instructor, Faculty

  • 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
  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Instructor, Faculty 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 Instructor, Faculty

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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Instructor, Faculty Career Paths

Instructor, Faculty
Faculty Manager Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Faculty Manager Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Faculty Manager Vice President
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Case Manager Director
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager Director
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Project Manager Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Assistant Director Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Assistant Director Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Unit Manager Nursing Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Owner Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Program Manager Program Director
Department Director
6 Yearsyrs
Chairperson Department Chairperson
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Owner Business Owner Chairperson
Academic Affairs Dean
12 Yearsyrs
Faculty Member Adjunct Professor Professor
Associate Dean
11 Yearsyrs
Faculty Member Professor Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Faculty Member Professor Department Chairperson
Assistant Dean
8 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Lead Instructor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Instructor, Faculty Demographics

Gender

Female

47.0%

Male

39.1%

Unknown

13.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.5%

French

12.3%

Italian

6.2%

German

4.6%

Hindi

3.1%

Dutch

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Korean

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Swahili

1.5%

Swedish

1.5%

Gujarati

1.5%

Indonesian

1.5%

Catalan

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

Tamil

1.5%

Filipino

1.5%
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Instructor, Faculty Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.7%

Walden University

14.3%

Capella University

6.9%

Nova Southeastern University

4.8%

Florida State University

3.9%

Wayne State University

3.5%

Western Michigan University

3.5%

University of New Mexico

3.5%

New York University

3.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.0%

George Washington University

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Temple University

3.0%

Old Dominion University

3.0%

San Diego State University

3.0%

Johns Hopkins University

3.0%

Grand Canyon University

3.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.6%

Ohio State University

2.6%

Kent State University

2.6%
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Majors

Nursing

24.1%

Business

12.4%

Education

6.1%

Educational Leadership

6.0%

Management

4.9%

Music

4.4%

Psychology

3.7%

English

3.4%

Fine Arts

3.2%

Elementary Education

3.2%

Counseling Psychology

3.2%

Communication

3.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.9%

Biology

2.9%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Medicine

2.8%

Clinical Psychology

2.8%

Public Health

2.6%

Medical Technician

2.6%
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Degrees

Masters

44.9%

Doctorate

17.0%

Bachelors

16.1%

Other

13.9%

Certificate

3.7%

Associate

3.7%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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How much does an Instructor, Faculty make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Instructor, Faculty in the United States is $60,382 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

Real Instructor, Faculty Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Faculty (Junior Rank)-Instructor The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Jul 01, 2010 $164,500
Math Instructional Faculty California State University, Channel Islands Camarillo, CA May 23, 2016 $112,698
Math Instructional Faculty California State University, Channel Islands Camarillo, CA May 20, 2016 $112,698
Faculty Instructor-Engineering Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids, MI Oct 05, 2009 $104,350
Faculty/Instructor Bard College Hudson, NY Jan 01, 2012 $104,350
Instructional Design Faculty Franklin University Columbus, OH Nov 15, 2014 $80,210
Instructional Design Faculty Franklin University Columbus, OH Dec 16, 2014 $80,000
Instructional Design Faculty Franklin University Columbus, OH Sep 09, 2014 $79,035
Instructional Design Faculty Franklin University Columbus, OH Dec 11, 2012 $78,151
Faculty Instructor University of Pittsburgh Fort Campbell North, KY Apr 01, 2012 $75,276
Faculty Instructor University of Louisville Louisville, KY Sep 30, 2011 $75,000
Instructional Faculty, Physics Alamo Community College District San Antonio, TX Jan 07, 2010 $68,401
Nursing Instructor, Faculty Skagit Valley College Oak Harbor, WA Feb 10, 2015 $62,610 -
$125,220
Faculty, Traditional Chinese Medicine Instructor Natural College of Natural Medicine Portland, OR Oct 30, 2009 $60,935
Faculty Instructor Alpena Community College Alpena, MI Aug 22, 2014 $60,145 -
$78,382
Faculty Instructor University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Nov 15, 2015 $56,662
Instructional Development Faculty The Florida State University Tallahassee, FL Jun 01, 2013 $55,000
Faculty Instructor Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA May 16, 2010 $54,930
Instructional Support Associate/Faculty Instructio State University of New York Empire State College New York, NY Apr 12, 2012 $50,000
Instructional Technology-A & P Faculty James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA Oct 18, 2007 $50,000
Faculty, Classical Chinese Medicine Instructor National College of Natural Medicine, NCNM Portland, OR Sep 13, 2010 $50,000
Instructional Technology Faculty James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA Apr 01, 2011 $50,000
Faculty, Instructor Level Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO Jul 01, 2011 $48,040 -
$55,000
Jchs Faculty-Instructor Carilion Medical Center Roanoke, VA Aug 10, 2015 $47,563
Jchs Faculty-Instructor Carilion Medical Center Roanoke, VA Jul 25, 2015 $47,563
Faculty Instructor Alpena Community College Alpena, MI Aug 22, 2014 $47,378 -
$78,382
Faculty/Instructor The Art Institute of Tucson Tucson, AZ Jul 01, 2010 $47,000

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  1. Classroom Management
  2. Curriculum Development
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  • Led curriculum development, program evaluation, accreditation assessment and reporting.
  • Designed and conducted a comprehensive and university-side research project on the implementation and use of online instructional resources.
  • Monitored student learning, and provided in-depth and individualized instruction to students.
  • Evaluate and monitor seasoned and new instructors using AHA and MUSC standards.

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