Secondary Education Careers

Secondary school teachers (grades 7 through 12) explore in depth with their students subjects introduced in middle school. Secondary school teachers primarily teach a specific subject, such as a foreign language, mathematics, history, or biology. They also may work as vocational education instructors, training students to work in a variety of fields, such as healthcare, auto repair, communications, audio-visual and technology. Teachers may work with parents in helping their children with areas in which they need help in achieving their academic goals.

In addition to teaching in the classroom environment, teachers oversee homerooms and student activities outside of class, coach sports and accompany students on field trips. Secondary school teachers may advise students in choosing courses, assist with the college admission process, and provide career counseling.

Employment Opportunities

Secondary education professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Public, private, and vocational schools


Secondary education professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Patience
  • Leadership
  • Excellent motivational skills
  • Creativity
  • Organizational skills
  • Computer knowledge

Industry Spotlight

Employment of preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is projected to grow about as fast as average. Job prospects are expected to be favorable, with particularly good prospects for teachers in high-demand fields like math, science, and bilingual education, or in less desirable urban or rural school districts.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008