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Become A Technical Instructor

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Working As A Technical 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
  • $53,560

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Instructor Do

Technical Instructors design technical training programs according to organizational requirements. They are specialized in fields, such as information technology, nursing, real estate, etc.

How To Become A Technical 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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Real Technical Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Instructor Micronics Networking & Training Inc. Glendale, CA May 01, 2010 $208,700
Instructor, Technology: Web/Graphic Desi Pace University New York, NY Dec 05, 2013 $160,449
Instructor, Technology: Web/Graphic Desi Pace University New York, NY Jan 02, 2014 $160,449
Instructor, Technology: Web/Graphic Desi Pace University New York, NY Feb 26, 2014 $160,449
Senior Application Lifecycle Management Technical Instructor Quicklearn Training, Inc. Kirkland, WA Nov 30, 2016 $156,525 -
$313,050
Technical Instructor Pace University White Plains, NY Feb 06, 2010 $156,525
Technical Instructor Pace University New York, NY Apr 15, 2011 $156,525
Technical Instructor Pace University White Plains, NY Oct 15, 2012 $156,525
Technical Instructor Pace University White Plains, NY Jan 02, 2014 $156,525
Technical Instructor Pace University New York, NY Mar 15, 2014 $156,525
Senior Application Lifecycle Management Technical Instructor Quicklearn Training, Inc. Kirkland, WA Dec 18, 2015 $156,525 -
$313,050
Technical Instructor, Principal Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Aug 22, 2013 $97,176
Senior Technical Instructor Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 01, 2015 $97,152
Technical Instructor Mulesoft, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2016 $96,637 -
$108,200
Principal Technical Instructor Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Duncan, OK Jan 28, 2016 $96,141
Principal Technical Instructor Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Duncan, OK Sep 30, 2015 $96,141
Senior Technical Instructor Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 18, 2014 $93,867
Microsoft Certified Technical Instructor Core BTS Brookfield, WI May 15, 2013 $93,000
Microsoft Certified Technical Instructor Core BTS Brookfield, WI May 01, 2013 $93,000
Senior Technical Instructor Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $80,040
Lead Technical Instructor Roughton Investments Tucson, AZ Jul 27, 2013 $78,900
Global Technical Instructor II Weatherford International Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2011 $78,562 -
$104,500
Technical Instructor Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2013 $77,620
Technical Instructor Moody International Inc. Lafayette, LA Sep 19, 2013 $76,544
Technical Instructor New Horizons of Greater Philadelphia Wayne, PA Sep 21, 2010 $76,000
Instructional Technologist The Langley School McLean, VA Sep 20, 2013 $75,000
Technical Instructor Intertek Consulting & Training USA Inc. Lafayette, LA Sep 05, 2014 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Technical Instructor

CurriculumDevelopmentSurgicalProceduresWebDesignMicrosoftWindowsSafetyClassroomInstructionOnlineCoursesTrainingProgramComputerLabVideoPowerpointTechnicalTrainingTrainingMaterialsInternetCourseMaterialsSubjectMatterTechnicalSupportDatabaseElectronicsTrainingCourses

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Top Technical Instructor Skills

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Surgical Procedures
  3. Web Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Contribute to program curriculum development.
  • Lectured on anatomy and physiology, surgical procedures, work ethics, professional responsibilities.
  • Designed and presented web design and Java programming classes at the Junior College and High School Level.
  • Installed Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7 operating systems, Microsoft Office applications, and antivirus software.
  • Formed a unit maintenance shop and procedures that significantly improved standards and safety.

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