Secondary School Teachers
(Except Special and Career/Technical Education)

7.4/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $29.72 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 15% (No worries)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Social Perceptiveness
Assisting and Caring for Others
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education' job openings is expected to rise 4.6% by 2031
'Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education' was $61,820, or $29.72 hourly
'Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education' are paid 35.1% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education?

As of 2021 there were 1,020,240 people employed as Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education within the United States.
This represents around 0.72% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 138 people are employed as Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

Job description

Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.

SOC Code: 25-2031.00


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배서영 says
I think my dream job is very safe because teacher contributes to students' emotional development and interacts with students by having complex relationships.
Nov 16, 2020 at 11:55 PM
Catalin M A (No chance) says
AI will not get this smart in the next 150 years, unless we are all going to have bionic implants from birth and then we would talk about augmented reality but that's something else.
Aug 03, 2020 at 01:01 PM
Former Teacher says
Has COVID-19 changed any projections about the future of teaching? There are already software applications more efficient and responsive than classroom teachers, who are restricted in one-on-one instruction by space, time, and opportunity. If COVID-19 stretches into 2020-21, many of the instructional technology tools being used by teachers will need to be automated further to prevent teachers from having to recreate content over and over again. Why not replace the teacher altogether and have learning software that responds to a student's input (both answers and facial expressions, pressure on keys, distracted browsing, etc.) and builds a customized plan for them? If we know a student has characteristics X, Y, and Z, plus deficiencies, a, b, and c, why not have an automated course of study that accounts for those and delivers the best instruction possible? We do need teachers to be the adults in the room, for sure, but if there's no room, that function dissipates.
Jul 13, 2020 at 04:54 PM
TV says
Obviously you are not a teacher.

Due to remote learning and using similar designs that you mentioned, we have seen a 210% spike in high school drop outs, a 600% up shot of kids having at least 2-3 failing grades, and a gap between students who do not have access to tutors, internet or computers (or all three). A robot cannot tell an elementary student to reengage their students, let alone the sheer horror of classroom discipline being thrown out. Also, lets be real honest with secondary students, if they are given a generic problem trust me they will plagiarize and copy that down (just look at quizlet, or "write my paper" for proof). A human being needs to see if a student "gets" what is going on. A Teacher needs to have group interactions (and trust me you cannot do any sort of interactions with remote even with current programs- students just shut their cameras and mute themselves). Unless you are suggesting that a "few" will benefit from this dystopia, if so thank you Nancy Devos for your insight, but we educate everyone, and not the 1%.
Nov 25, 2020 at 09:21 PM
high school student says
Under the assumption that society will return to normal, students will undoubtedly prefer to learn with a quality teacher over self-learning.

Learning with a teacher can mean a number of scenarios, including utilizing the learning software you mentioned.

The assurance of having someone who knows more than you, or at least knows where to find answers and explain them, will result in teachers have a very secure job.

I haven't even mentioned the emotional support and connection that makes a learning environment better, something I don't foresee AI replacing because seeing assuring words pop up on my screen is not the same as hearing it from a teacher, who is making eye contact with me and using body language.
Dec 29, 2020 at 07:44 PM
Cheryl Ng (Small chance) says
High school seniors still need the human element of guidance and encouragement- or we will be seeing more dropouts.
May 13, 2020 at 12:57 PM
Seaslug999 (Highly likely) says
AI is self learning and therefore self teaching.
May 28, 2019 at 04:26 PM
JustADuDe says
Dude we talking about teaching other dumb humans like the two of us.
Mar 17, 2020 at 05:54 PM

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