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Working As A Vocational Training 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
  • $60,891

    Average Salary

What Does A Vocational Training 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 Vocational Training 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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Vocational Training Instructor Career Paths

Vocational Training Instructor
Security Officer Operations Manager Assistant Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Specialist Coach
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Instructor Program Director Operations Director
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Platoon Sergeant Instructor Chairperson
Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Personal Trainer Sales Consultant Design Consultant
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Adjunct Professor
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Senior Training Specialist Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Sales Consultant Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Instructor Lead Teacher Education Coordinator
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Office Manager Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Self-Employed Food Service Worker
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Platoon Sergeant Senior Training Specialist Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Personal Trainer Specialist Operation Supervisor
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Security Officer
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Training Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Training Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Master Instructor 4.9 years
Senior Instructor 3.6 years
Training Developer 3.0 years
Instructor 2.8 years
Training Analyst 2.6 years
Course Instructor 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Vocational Training Instructor
Instructor 17.4%
Supervisor 7.6%
Manager 5.2%
Internship 5.1%
Teacher 4.3%
Cashier 3.8%
Trainer 3.8%
Sergeant 3.6%
Technician 3.4%
Volunteer 3.1%
Top Careers After Vocational Training Instructor
Instructor 13.2%
Supervisor 5.6%
Manager 5.0%
Teacher 4.4%
Owner 4.4%
Trainer 4.4%
Consultant 3.5%

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Vocational Training Instructor Demographics

Gender

Male

60.1%

Female

37.5%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.9%

French

13.9%

German

7.8%

Italian

4.4%

Portuguese

3.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Arabic

3.9%

Dutch

2.8%

Korean

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Mandarin

1.7%

Thai

1.7%

Carrier

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Swahili

0.6%

Swedish

0.6%

Cherokee

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%
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Vocational Training Instructor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.4%

Central Texas College

11.1%

Community College of the Air Force

8.2%

Liberty University

6.7%

Excelsior College

5.5%

Ashford University

5.2%

Webster University

5.2%

American University

4.8%

Troy University

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Columbia Southern University

2.9%

Park University

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.7%

Cochise College

2.7%

Capella University

2.7%

Grand Canyon University

2.7%

Wayland Baptist University

2.5%

George Mason University

2.5%

University of Maryland - University College

2.5%
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Majors

Business

27.4%

Criminal Justice

8.6%

Education

6.4%

Psychology

6.0%

Human Resources Management

5.2%

Management

4.7%

General Studies

4.1%

Nursing

3.8%

Elementary Education

3.6%

Communication

3.6%

Computer Science

3.5%

Kinesiology

3.0%

Information Technology

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

English

2.4%

Social Work

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Other

23.4%

Masters

21.4%

Associate

11.3%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.4%
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Real Vocational Training Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
BTA Instructor Trainer Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company Hurst, TX Jan 10, 2011 $63,814
BTA Instructor Trainer Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company Fort Worth, TX Jul 29, 2011 $63,814
BTA Instructor Trainer Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company Fort Worth, TX Aug 03, 2011 $63,814
BTA Instructor Trainer Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company Fort Worth, TX Aug 13, 2011 $63,814
Training Instructor Vabad, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 03, 2009 $45,979
Trainer and Instructor I Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria, VA Feb 20, 2010 $39,262
Training Instructor Vabad, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 26, 2014 $38,800
Training Instructor Vabad, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 26, 2011 $38,800

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Top Skills for A Vocational Training Instructor

  1. Training Programs
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Procedures
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  • Develop and implement training programs for various engineering and apprenticeship groups within Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.
  • Trained other instructors on classroom management, curriculum development, lesson planning and implementation.
  • Delivered vocational instruction in Medical Terminology, ICD-9/CPT Coding, Medical Office Procedures.
  • Coordinate and facilitate training on administrative processes, safety topics, hazard communications, competencies and other topics.
  • Assessed other instructors through their performance and coursework, utilizing innovative instructional techniques.

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