Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
SOC: 25-2022.00


Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
627,500 employed

Projected (2024):
664,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • 6th Grade Teacher
  • 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
  • 7th Grade Teacher
  • 8th Grade Mathematics Teacher
  • 8th Grade Teacher
  • Algebra Teacher
  • American History Teacher
  • Art Educator
  • Art Instructor
  • Art Teacher
  • Athletic Director
  • Band Director
  • Band Teacher
  • Bilingual Instructor
  • Bilingual Teacher
  • Choir Director
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Coach
  • Computer Teacher
  • Educator
  • English Language Arts Teacher (ELA Teacher)
  • English Teacher
  • ESL Instructor (English as a Second Language Instructor)
  • ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language Teacher)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher (FACS Teacher)
  • Foreign Language Teacher
  • Grades 6 Through 8 Teacher
  • Grades 7 and 8 Teacher
  • Grades 7 and 8 Visiting Teacher
  • Gym Teacher
  • Gymnastic Teacher
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher
  • Health Teacher
  • History Teacher
  • Home Teaching Grades 7 and 8 Teacher
  • Humanities Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Instrumental Music Teacher
  • Instrumental Teacher
  • Intermediate Teacher
  • Junior High Math Teacher
  • Junior High School Teacher
  • Language Arts Teacher
  • Language Instructor
  • Lead Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Library Media Specialist
  • Life Science Teacher
  • Literacy Teacher
  • Literature Teacher
  • Math Teacher (Mathematics Teacher)
  • Middle School Art Teacher
  • Middle School Coach
  • Middle School English Teacher
  • Middle School Math Teacher
  • Middle School PE Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Montessori Teacher
  • Music Educator
  • Music Teacher
  • Orchestra Teacher
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
  • Physical Fitness Teacher
  • Physical Science Teacher
  • Pre-Algebra Teacher
  • Public School Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Teacher
  • Science Teacher
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Spanish Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Technology Teacher
  • Visual Arts Teacher
  • Vocal Music Instructor
  • World Geography Teacher
  • World History Teacher

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate these objectives to students.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and correct student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Assign lessons and correct homework.
  • Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injury and damage.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of middle school programs.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.
  • Organize and label materials and display students' work.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on staff committees, as required.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from such activities.
  • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
  • Assist students who need extra help, such as by tutoring and preparing and implementing remedial programs.
  • Meet or correspond with parents or guardians to discuss children's progress and to determine priorities and resource needs.
  • Coordinate and supervise extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Bunsen burners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital video cameras
  • Dissection scalpels
  • Document cameras
  • Glass beakers
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laboratory heating plates
  • Laptop computers
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Pencil compasses
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Science activity kits
  • Television monitors
  • Video camcorders
  • Video cassette recorders VCR
  • Blackboard software
  • Children's educational software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Video editing software
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000