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Secondary School Teachers

What they do?

Secondary school teachers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Secondary school teachers may specialize in such areas as mathematics, English, French, special education or second language instruction. Secondary school teachers of vocational and trades subjects may specialize in areas such as hairdressing or auto mechanics.

B. Prepare subject material for presentation to students according to an approved curriculum

C. Teach students using a systematic plan of lectures, discussions, audio-visual presentations, and laboratory, shop and field studies

D. Assign and correct homework

E. Prepare, administer and correct tests

F. Evaluate progress, determine individual needs of students and discuss results with parents and school officials

G. Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help

H. Participate in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops

I. May advise students on course selection and on vocational and personal matters

Where they find work?

1. Educational services - 99.0%

What education do I need?

1. To be a teacher, you must have a bachelor's degree in education and a provincial/territorial teaching certificate.

2. To be a teacher of academic subjects, you often need a bachelor's degree in the arts or sciences before obtaining your degree in education.

3. To be a teacher of vocational or technical subjects, you usually need specialized training or experience in your field before obtaining your bachelor's degree in education.

4. To be a school department head, you must have several years' teaching experience.

5. With additional training, or as a result of specialization during your bachelor's degree studies, you may specialize your teacher training in special education, or English/French-as-a-second-language.

6. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a vice-principal or another senior administrator in the educational system.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Sciences
4. Social Studies

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Secondary School Teachers is $27.57/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Secondary School Teachers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Secondary School Teachers Wage By Age


3% of Secondary School Teachers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for professionnal occupations.


Secondary School Teachers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Secondary School Teachers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Secondary School Teachers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($27.57) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

4. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Secondary School Teachers are found in Newfoundland and Quebec while the lowest concentrations are in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (93%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Interpersonal skills

3. Teamwork

Part Time Workers

Secondary School Teachers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

14% of Secondary School Teachers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 89,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 32% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Secondary School Teachers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be above average because of a tendency to retire at an earlier-than-average age (56).

Self Employed

Secondary School Teachers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 0% of Secondary School Teachers are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Secondary School Teachers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

52% of the individuals employed as Secondary School Teachers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.