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HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER of Calculus, Technology, Robotics: Try As Many Things As Possible

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Kristin teaches high school calculus, technology, and soon, also robotics. Her background in math and web development have helped her greatly, and she stresses that students should not limit themselves in thinking about what career path to take.

Degree: Mathematics
Job Title: High School Teacher (Calculus, Technology, Robotics)

Job Summary: Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Job Description

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

On-the-Job Training

Most training will come from your studies rather than on the job.

Additional Info

Some states require high school teachers to earn a master’s degree after earning their teaching certification. Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools typically seek high school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and a major in a content area.

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Center for Alternative Certification.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$35,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Empathy, Organizational skills

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m='18940'>it's been</span> <span m='19425'>my</span> <span m='19910'>passion,</span> <span m='20880'>and</span> <span m='21850'>that job</span> <span m='22335'>that you</span> <span m='22820'>come to work</span> <span m='23320'>and</span> <span m='23750'>you</span> <span m='23990'>get</span> <span m='24130'>excited</span> <span m='24500'>about</span> <span m='24840'>all</span> <span m='24970'>the</span> <span m='25050'>time.</span> <span m='25360'>And</span> <span m='25450'>actually,</span> <span m='25880'>sometimes</span> <span m='26700'>I</span> <span m='27020'>find</span> <span m='27410'>myself</span> <span m='27835'>working</span> <span m='28440'>so</span> <span m='28640'>much,</span> <span m='29180'>because I'm</span> <span m='29576'>having so</span> <span m='29972'>much fun,</span> <span m='30370'>that</span> <span m='30940'>I</span> <span m='31180'>forget</span> <span m='31520'>that I'm</span> <span m='31620'>working.</span> </p><p><span m='33380'>I</span> <span 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m='52690'>that</span> <span m='52870'>really</span> <span m='54460'>hindered</span> <span m='55060'>my</span> <span m='55560'>ability</span> <span m='56350'>to</span> <span m='56920'>want</span> <span m='57170'>to</span> <span m='57310'>power</span> <span m='57530'>though</span> <span m='57640'>and keep</span> <span m='58055'>on earning</span> <span m='58470'>my</span> <span m='58885'>degree.</span> <span m='59800'>And</span> <span m='60150'>so</span> <span m='61010'>at</span> <span m='61481'>that</span> <span m='61952'>same</span> <span m='62423'>time</span> <span m='62894'>I was</span> <span m='63836'>working</span> <span m='64307'>full-time.</span> <span m='65249'>The company</span> <span m='65720'>I was working</span> <span m='66191'>for was also</span> <span m='66662'>paying for</span> <span m='67133'>my</span> <span m='67604'>tuition.</span> </p><p><span m='68550'>So</span> <span m='69320'>I</span> <span m='69710'>decided</span> <span m='69960'>to</span> <span 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