dcsimg

Postsecondary Vocational Education Teacher

Job Duties

Postsecondary vocational education teachers instruct students in fields that may not require a 4-year degree but, nonetheless require a certain amount of specialized training. They train students for occupations such as welder, dental hygienist, x-ray technician, auto mechanic, cosmetologist, and many others. Most of the classes are taught in laboratories in which students learn using a hands-on approach. Today, more and more career and technical education programs combine their vocational curriculum with more academic curriculum so that students graduate with a more well-rounded and adaptable education.

Teaching

Postsecondary vocational education teachers usually have very similar responsibilities as college and university faculty. They prepare lessons, grade papers, attend faculty meetings, and keep up with current developments in their area of expertise. Teachers who work in community colleges and career and technical schools often assist students in transitioning to work life after they graduate. They create internship programs in which students can gain valuable experience, and they give student information about potential employers.

Job Skills

Postsecondary vocational education teachers should enjoy working with students and be able to motivate the to succeed in their academic endeavors. They need to have the ability to communicate effectively with students, as well as relate well to them. Their minds should be inquiring and analytical, and they should have a strong desire to pursue and pass on knowledge. They often work in environments in which they have little direct supervision, requiring them to be self-directed and self-motivated.

Income

In 2002, postsecondary teachers (the broader category of which postsecondary vocational education teachers are a part) earned a median annual salary of $49,040. Earnings ranged from the lowest 10%, who earned less than $23,080, to the highest 10%, who earned more than $69,580. The earnings for postsecondary vocational education teachers varied tremendously, depending on subject, academic credentials, experience, and region of the country.

Training and Education

Postsecondary vocational education teachers are divided into four ranks: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor. Most are initially hired as instructors and assistant professors. 2-year colleges usually hire candidates with master's degrees for full-time positions, and many institutions require candidates to have teaching experience or experience with distance learning. Candidates with dual master's degrees sometimes get preference because they are able to teach more subjects.

A major step in the career of a postsecondary vocational education teacher is attaining tenure. At the end of their initial 7-year term, their record of teaching, research, and overall contribution to the institution is reviewed. If the review is positive, tenure is usually granted, meaning they cannot be fired without just cause and due process. This protects their academic freedom, enabling them to teach and conduct research without fear of losing their jobs due to unpopular ideas. It also provides a high measure of financial security to teachers.

Employment

In 2002, postsecondary vocational education teachers held about 119,000 jobs. Most were employed by 2-year community colleges, as well as by schools and institutes that specialize in training people in a specific field, such as technology centers or culinary schools. Some work for State and local governments and job training facilities.

Job Outlook

Between 2002 and 2012, employment of postsecondary vocational education teachers is expected to grow much faster than the average. Some of the best job prospects are expected to be in fields where job growth is expected to be strong of the next ten years, such as business, health specialties, nursing, and computer and biological sciences. Community colleges and other career institutions have been growing rapidly and are expected to offer some of the best job opportunities for postsecondary vocational education teachers A large portion of jobs will be part-time. Retirement of current teachers and continued increases in student enrollment will combine to create good job opportunities in many types of postsecondary institutions. The growth in college enrollment is due largely to the increase in population of 18- to 24-year-olds.

For more information on how to pursue this profession, please see our Education Degree directory.


Postsecondary Vocational Education Teacher Training

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Founded over 60 years ago on the principles of inclusion and social justice.
            • Offers credit for previous life and work experience.
            • Equipped with over 17,000 titles in their library.
            • Has 3 semesters and 6 start dates a year.
            • Located in Pasadena, CA, with instructional sites in Sacramento, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Visalia as well as online options.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
            • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
            • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            1 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked as one of the Best Regional Universities in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked 27th among the Best Colleges for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.A private university that features small class sizes.
            • Conducts undergraduate science research in state-of-the-art laboratories.
            • Has degree programs in global entrepreneurship and international business, sports administration, and intercultural human rights.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
            • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
            • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
            • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
            • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            1 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
            • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
            • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits