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Working As A Senior 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
  • $85,409

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Instructor Career Paths

Senior Instructor
Senior Advisor Program Manager Adjunct Instructor
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Sergeant Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Executive Officer
Branch Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Assistant Director Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Operations Director
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Program Director Chairperson
Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Office Manager Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
First Sergeant Instructor Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Program Director Adjunct Professor
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Project Manager Program Manager
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Sales Consultant Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Human Resources Generalist Human Resource Officer
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Specialist Operation Supervisor
Operations Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Facilitator Assistant Principal
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Training Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
First Sergeant Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Master Instructor 4.9 years
Senior Instructor 4.0 years
Instructor 2.8 years
Lead Instructor 2.5 years
Course Instructor 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Instructor 22.2%
Sergeant 4.4%
Supervisor 4.0%
Internship 3.8%
Manager 3.2%
Teacher 3.2%
Top Employers After
Instructor 13.9%
Manager 6.1%
Consultant 4.7%
Director 3.4%
Owner 3.0%

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Senior Instructor Demographics

Gender

Male

74.8%

Female

23.6%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

4.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.7%

French

11.5%

German

7.7%

Chinese

6.6%

Arabic

5.5%

Russian

4.4%

Japanese

4.4%

Mandarin

3.8%

Korean

2.7%

Dari

2.2%

Hindi

1.6%

Indonesian

1.6%

Thai

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Portuguese

1.6%

Swedish

1.1%

Shan

1.1%

Braille

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%
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Senior Instructor Education

Schools

Central Texas College

14.1%

University of Phoenix

13.7%

Webster University

7.6%

Troy University

7.0%

Liberty University

7.0%

Excelsior College

5.9%

Cochise College

4.8%

Ashford University

4.4%

American University

4.4%

Columbia Southern University

3.6%

Wayland Baptist University

3.2%

Capella University

3.2%

University of Maryland - University College

3.0%

Strayer University

3.0%

George Washington University

2.9%

Community College of the Air Force

2.9%

University of Louisville

2.5%

The Academy

2.3%

American InterContinental University

2.3%

University of Florida

2.1%
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Majors

Business

25.8%

Criminal Justice

7.8%

Management

7.7%

General Studies

6.3%

Education

5.4%

Computer Science

4.6%

Psychology

4.5%

Elementary Education

4.1%

Human Resources Management

4.0%

Information Technology

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Communication

3.1%

Political Science

2.9%

Nursing

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Educational Leadership

2.5%

English

2.4%

Project Management

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%

Intelligence Operations

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.0%

Masters

27.1%

Other

19.1%

Associate

10.4%

Doctorate

4.3%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.4%
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Real Senior Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Instructor In Anesthesiology University of Rochester Rochester, NY Jan 07, 2016 $268,900
Senior Instructor In Anesthesiology University of Rochester Rochester, NY Jul 18, 2016 $268,900
Senior Instructor/Physician University of Rochester Rochester, NY Jul 01, 2010 $176,344
Senior Instructor University of Colorado Aurora, CO Nov 02, 2016 $175,000
Senior Instructor University of Colorado Aurora, CO May 01, 2011 $160,000
Senior Instructor The Metrohealth System Cleveland, OH Jan 20, 2010 $145,000
Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow University of Washington Seattle, WA Dec 01, 2012 $120,000
Acting Instructor and Senior Fellow University of Washington Seattle, WA Dec 01, 2011 $120,000
Senior Instructor Network Learning Inc. Henderson, NV May 20, 2013 $120,000
Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow University of Washington Seattle, WA Jan 01, 2010 $110,004
Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow University of Washington Seattle, WA Aug 01, 2010 $110,004
Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow University of Washington Seattle, WA Jul 01, 2010 $110,004
Senior Instructor Tibco Software Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 14, 2011 $76,000
Senior Instructor, Clinical Teaching University of Colorado Denver, CO Sep 05, 2016 $75,000
Senior Instructor, End User Support Netsuite Inc. Boston, MA Sep 01, 2013 $75,000
Senior Instructor Western Washington University Bellingham, WA Jun 16, 2015 $69,038
Instructor/Sr. Instructional Technologist Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY Mar 08, 2011 $69,000
Senior Instructor Western Washington University Bellingham, WA Jun 16, 2014 $65,699
Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow University of Washington Seattle, WA Apr 15, 2015 $65,172
Senior Instructor Oregon State University Corvallis, OR Dec 11, 2014 $59,844
Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow University of Washington Seattle, WA Sep 01, 2010 $59,676
Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow University of Washington Seattle, WA Jul 01, 2010 $59,676
Senior Powerplant Instructor Kalitta Air, LLC Oscoda, MI Oct 01, 2010 $59,051
SR. Instructor Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH Jun 24, 2016 $58,270
Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow University of Washington Seattle, WA Jul 30, 2010 $57,012
Senior Instructor University of Colorado Boulder, CO Aug 15, 2016 $55,500

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  1. Training Programs
  2. Curriculum
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  • Administered, supervised, and evaluated training programs for effectiveness; developed and incorporated training materials after determining training requirements.
  • Created, revised, and modified outdated instructional material in order to increase training effectiveness and improve the overall training curriculum.
  • Served as organization Equal Opportunity facilitator, provided quarterly training to over 160 personnel that effectively reduced equal opportunity conflicts.
  • Trained new instructors on course content, instructional techniques, and classroom management.
  • Analyzed organization logistics program objectives, policies, standard operating procedures, and other associated logistic tasks.

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