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Career Profile: High School Teacher

Why Is High School Teaching a Job of Tomorrow?
Enrollment rates for students in public high schools are expected to increase about 3 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. More high school teachers will be needed to handle this influx of students. Employment opportunities for high school teachers are expected to see a 5 percent increase, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. High school teachers earn an average salary of $51,180 annually.

What Does a High School Teacher Do?
High school teachers are typically responsible for teaching children from ninth grade through 12th grade. They play an important role in developing a student's intellect and work habits, as high school is a transitory time where students must develop good study skills in preparation for college. High school teachers specialize in certain subjects and usually teach several classes in the same subject throughout the day.

What Kind of Training Do I Need to Become a High School Teacher?
High school teachers must have a bachelor's degree from a teaching program, though some states now offer alternative methods of obtaining a teaching license for those who did not earn their degree in teaching. A bachelor's degree program takes about four years to complete, and the teaching program for high school educators covers the courses the student will teach, such as mathematics and literature, as well as classroom methods and the psychology of learning. Most states require that prospective teachers complete an internship as a teaching aide or assistant before teaching full time. Public school teachers must be licensed, but the requirements vary among states. Requirements for private school teachers depend on the particular campuses.