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Middle School Teachers

ANZSCO ID 2413

Overview

All Middle School Teachers

  • $1,954 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 1,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 66% female Gender Share

Middle School Teachers teach one or more subjects within a prescribed curriculum to middle school or intermediate school students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

You need a bachelor degree in education to work as a Middle School Teacher. If you already have a degree in a relevant field you can complete a postgraduate qualification in secondary education to become a Middle School Teacher.

Tasks
  • presenting prescribed curriculum using a range of teaching techniques and materials
  • developing students' interests, abilities and coordination by way of creative activities
  • guiding discussions and supervising work in class
  • preparing, administering and marking tests, projects and assignments to evaluate students' progress and recording the results
  • discussing individual progress and problems with students and parents, and seeking advice from Student Counsellors and senior teachers
  • maintaining discipline in classrooms and other school areas
  • participating in staff meetings, educational conferences and workshops
  • liaising with parent, community and business groups
  • maintaining class and scholastic records
  • performing extra-curricular tasks such as assisting with sport, school concerts, excursions and special interest programs
  • supervising student teachers on placement

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in education to work as a Middle School Teacher. If you already have a degree in a relevant field you can complete a postgraduate qualification in secondary education to become a Middle School Teacher.

Registration or licencing is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Middle School Teachers who demonstrate an enthusiastic and positive attitude, can connect well with others and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and training

    79% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. English language

    76% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Customer and personal service

    63% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mathematics

    58% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Computers and electronics

    57% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  6. Communications and media

    54% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  7. Sociology and anthropology

    51% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  8. Psychology

    49% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  9. History and archeology

    48% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  10. Clerical

    47% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  11. Geography

    44% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  12. Philosophy and theology

    44% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  13. Administration and management

    44% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  14. Therapy and counselling

    38% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  15. Public safety and security

    37% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  16. Fine arts

    35% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  17. Law and government

    33% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  18. Personnel and human resources

    30% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  19. Foreign language

    26% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  20. Telecommunications

    20% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Instructing

    57% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  4. Learning strategies

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  5. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Writing

    55% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Social perceptiveness

    52% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  8. Active learning

    52% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  10. Coordination with others

    50% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  12. Time management

    50% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  14. Negotiation

    48% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  15. Serving others

    46% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Persuasion

    46% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  18. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    39% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Systems analysis

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    64% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Oral comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Speech clarity

    61% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  4. Written expression

    59% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  5. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Problem spotting

    52% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  9. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  10. Speech recognition

    48% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  11. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  12. Originality

    46% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  13. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Brainstorming

    43% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  16. Memorization

    43% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  17. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  18. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Multitasking

    39% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  20. Flexibility of closure

    37% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    76% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Communicating within a team

    68% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  3. Thinking creatively

    68% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Building good relationships

    67% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  5. Coaching and developing others

    66% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  6. Coordinating the work of a team

    65% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Explaining things to people

    63% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  9. Training and teaching others

    61% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  10. Coming up with systems and processes

    60% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  11. Working with the public

    57% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  12. Documenting or recording information

    56% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  13. Researching and investigating

    55% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  14. Monitoring people, processes and things

    54% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  15. Making decisions and solving problems

    53% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  16. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    53% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  17. Looking for changes over time

    52% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  18. Leading and encouraging a team

    52% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  19. Working with computers

    48% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    47% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2022.00 - Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    96% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Electronic mail

    89% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. Physically close to people

    88% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  7. Unstructured work

    87% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  8. Conflict situations

    85% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  9. Spend time standing

    84% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  10. Teamwork

    83% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  12. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Lead or coordinate a team

    80% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  14. Frequent decision making

    80% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Public speaking

    79% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

  16. Telephone

    75% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  17. Angry or unpleasant people

    75% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  18. Time pressure

    73% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Letters and memos

    71% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  20. Impact of decisions

    71% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    90% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    67% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    57% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    48% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    100% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Creative

    71% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  3. Analytical

    48% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    48% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Practical

    33% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2022.00 - Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

All Middle School Teachers

  • $1,954 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 1,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 66% female Gender Share

Middle School Teachers teach one or more subjects within a prescribed curriculum to middle school or intermediate school students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

You need a bachelor degree in education to work as a Middle School Teacher. If you already have a degree in a relevant field you can complete a postgraduate qualification in secondary education to become a Middle School Teacher.

Tasks
  • presenting prescribed curriculum using a range of teaching techniques and materials
  • developing students' interests, abilities and coordination by way of creative activities
  • guiding discussions and supervising work in class
  • preparing, administering and marking tests, projects and assignments to evaluate students' progress and recording the results
  • discussing individual progress and problems with students and parents, and seeking advice from Student Counsellors and senior teachers
  • maintaining discipline in classrooms and other school areas
  • participating in staff meetings, educational conferences and workshops
  • liaising with parent, community and business groups
  • maintaining class and scholastic records
  • performing extra-curricular tasks such as assisting with sport, school concerts, excursions and special interest programs
  • supervising student teachers on placement

You need a bachelor degree in education to work as a Middle School Teacher. If you already have a degree in a relevant field you can complete a postgraduate qualification in secondary education to become a Middle School Teacher.

Registration or licencing is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Middle School Teachers who demonstrate an enthusiastic and positive attitude, can connect well with others and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and training

    79% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. English language

    76% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Customer and personal service

    63% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mathematics

    58% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Computers and electronics

    57% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  6. Communications and media

    54% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  7. Sociology and anthropology

    51% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  8. Psychology

    49% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  9. History and archeology

    48% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  10. Clerical

    47% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  11. Geography

    44% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  12. Philosophy and theology

    44% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  13. Administration and management

    44% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  14. Therapy and counselling

    38% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  15. Public safety and security

    37% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  16. Fine arts

    35% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  17. Law and government

    33% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  18. Personnel and human resources

    30% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  19. Foreign language

    26% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  20. Telecommunications

    20% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Instructing

    57% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  4. Learning strategies

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  5. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Writing

    55% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Social perceptiveness

    52% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  8. Active learning

    52% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  10. Coordination with others

    50% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  12. Time management

    50% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  14. Negotiation

    48% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  15. Serving others

    46% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Persuasion

    46% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  18. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    39% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Systems analysis

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    64% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Oral comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Speech clarity

    61% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  4. Written expression

    59% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  5. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Problem spotting

    52% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  9. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  10. Speech recognition

    48% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  11. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  12. Originality

    46% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  13. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Brainstorming

    43% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  16. Memorization

    43% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  17. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  18. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Multitasking

    39% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  20. Flexibility of closure

    37% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    76% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Communicating within a team

    68% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  3. Thinking creatively

    68% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Building good relationships

    67% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  5. Coaching and developing others

    66% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  6. Coordinating the work of a team

    65% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Explaining things to people

    63% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  9. Training and teaching others

    61% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  10. Coming up with systems and processes

    60% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  11. Working with the public

    57% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  12. Documenting or recording information

    56% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  13. Researching and investigating

    55% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  14. Monitoring people, processes and things

    54% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  15. Making decisions and solving problems

    53% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  16. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    53% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  17. Looking for changes over time

    52% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  18. Leading and encouraging a team

    52% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  19. Working with computers

    48% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    47% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2022.00 - Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    96% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Electronic mail

    89% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. Physically close to people

    88% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  7. Unstructured work

    87% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  8. Conflict situations

    85% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  9. Spend time standing

    84% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  10. Teamwork

    83% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  12. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Lead or coordinate a team

    80% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  14. Frequent decision making

    80% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Public speaking

    79% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

  16. Telephone

    75% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  17. Angry or unpleasant people

    75% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  18. Time pressure

    73% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Letters and memos

    71% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  20. Impact of decisions

    71% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    90% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    67% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    57% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    48% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    100% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Creative

    71% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  3. Analytical

    48% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    48% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Practical

    33% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2022.00 - Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.
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