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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

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 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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Technical Instructor Career Paths

Technical Instructor
Network Administrator Specialist Coach
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer Senior Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Trainer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Trainer Technician Technical Support Specialist
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Instructional Designer Program Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Training Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Adjunct Faculty Chairperson
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Senior Training Specialist Training Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Training Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer Program Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Technical Instructor Demographics

Gender

Male

64.4%

Female

33.5%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

79.6%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.4%

French

8.7%

German

8.7%

Chinese

4.7%

Arabic

4.7%

Japanese

4.1%

Braille

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Portuguese

2.3%

Mandarin

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Armenian

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Latvian

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%
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Technical Instructor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.1%

Community College of the Air Force

8.5%

Grand Canyon University

7.0%

Florida State University

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

University of Florida

4.0%

Capella University

4.0%

Webster University

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.5%

George Washington University

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

Strayer University

3.5%

American InterContinental University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

18.5%

Education

8.7%

Educational Technology

7.9%

Computer Science

7.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Elementary Education

5.4%

Information Technology

5.0%

Management

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.3%

Educational Leadership

3.9%

Medical Technician

3.5%

Psychology

3.2%

Communication

3.1%

Nursing

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.5%

English

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.4%

Masters

28.7%

Other

18.7%

Associate

10.6%

Certificate

4.9%

Doctorate

3.4%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.2%
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Real Technical Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Translation Instructor ISS Translators, Inc. Torrance, CA Oct 02, 2009 $295,560
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 Dec 18, 2015 $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 Sep 01, 2009 $156,525
Senior Application Lifecycle Management Technical Instructor Quicklearn Training, Inc. Kirkland, WA Nov 30, 2016 $156,525 -
$313,050
Technical Instructor Pace University New York, NY Mar 15, 2014 $156,525
Senior Technical Instructor Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2014 $97,500
Senior Technical Instructor Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 09, 2014 $97,500
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
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
Instructional Technologist Desmos, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 26, 2013 $72,000
Technical Instructor Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jan 10, 2014 $67,561
Technical Instructor Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. Hurst, TX Jan 10, 2014 $67,561
Technical Instructor-Applications Mori Seiki U.S.A., Inc. Hoffman Estates, IL Oct 01, 2010 $67,500
Instructional Technologist The Langley School McLean, VA Sep 20, 2013 $65,000
Technical Instructor Blair Helicopter Services, Inc. Lemoore, CA Jul 13, 2015 $64,210
Technical Instructor Blair Helicopter Services, Inc. Lemoore, CA Jun 15, 2016 $64,210
SR. Technical Instructor XCEL Energy Inc. Brooklyn Park, MN Apr 26, 2010 $63,300 -
$103,300

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Top Skills for A Technical Instructor

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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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