Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
SOC: 25-2021.00

Description:

Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
1,358,000 employed

Projected (2024):
1,436,300 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:

  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • 2nd Grade Teacher
  • 3rd Grade Reading Teacher
  • 3rd Grade Teacher
  • 4th Grade Math Teacher
  • 4th Grade Teacher
  • 5th Grade Teacher
  • 6th Grade Teacher
  • Art Educator
  • Art Instructor
  • Art Teacher
  • Band Director
  • Band Teacher
  • Bilingual Instructor
  • Bilingual Teacher
  • Choir Teacher
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Educator
  • Elementary Art Teacher
  • Elementary Education Teacher
  • Elementary Educator
  • Elementary School Band Director
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • ESL Instructor (English as a Second Language Instructor)
  • ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language Teacher)
  • Fifth Grade Teacher
  • First Grade Teacher
  • Grade School Teacher
  • Grades 1 Through 5 Teacher
  • Grades 1 Through 6 Teacher
  • Grades 1 Thru 5 Teacher
  • Grades 1 Thru 6 Home Teacher
  • Grades 1 Thru 6 Visiting Teacher
  • Gym Teacher
  • Gymnastic Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Language Arts Teacher
  • Language Instructor
  • Literacy Coordinator
  • Math Teacher
  • Media Specialist
  • Montessori Teacher
  • Music Director
  • Music Educator
  • Music Instructor
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Teacher
  • Orchestra Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
  • Physical Fitness Teacher
  • Practice or Student Teacher
  • Primary Teacher
  • Reading Recovery Teacher
  • Reading Teacher
  • Resource Teacher
  • Second Grade Teacher
  • Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Title I Teacher
  • Title One Reading Teacher


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    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
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • 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
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • 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 the students for whom they are responsible.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Assign and grade class work and homework.
  • Read books to entire classes or small groups.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  • Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of elementary school programs.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, and storytelling.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Organize and label materials and display students' work.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
  • Involve parent volunteers and older students in children's activities to facilitate involvement in focused, complex play.
  • Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  • 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.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Audiotape players
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Educational board games
  • Handheld calculators
  • Intercom systems
  • Laminating machines
  • Laptop computers
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Overhead display projectors
  • Pegboards
  • Pencil compasses
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Precision balances
  • Prisms
  • Science activity kits
  • Television monitors
  • Toy block sets
  • Video cassette recorders VCR
  • Children's educational software
  • Email software
  • Graphics software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Web browser software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000