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

risk level
Based on 491 votes
by year 2032
or $29.98 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

15% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Originality

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

User poll

29% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 15% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education' job openings is expected to rise 4.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education' was $62,360, or $29 per hour

'Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education' were paid 34.7% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 1,042,090 people employed as 'Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education' within the United States.

This represents around 0.7% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 141 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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Pace (Low) says
I think for teaching it needs to be a lot more hands on since all students learn differently and having simple automated robots following the exact same learning curriculum wouldn't be as beneficial
May 08, 2024 at 06:44 PM
Michael says
I agree
May 15, 2024 at 04:10 AM
Kate (Low) says
Online learning was really difficult for almost all students
Jun 19, 2023 at 11:45 PM
IAmTired (Low) says
I have worked as a teacher for 20 years and understand how much of my job requires interpersonal skills and creative problem solving that would be difficult to replace with AI/robotics.
May 10, 2023 at 04:32 AM
Aaron (Moderate) says
Large parts of the job are already being automated. When the pushback from parent and teacher groups is outweighed by the cost savings, schools will be staffed at a 200:1 ratio and lessons will be delivered by AI.
May 08, 2023 at 03:34 PM
Korey Bradley (Low) says
I think Covid has proven that pupils left to their own devices will not progress without a steady hand at the wheel. Computers and Chatbots can't provide that stability without true human interactions.
May 04, 2023 at 05:31 PM
Lesley (Low) says
After the Covid-19 pandemic, I think we saw how important human relations are for developing young minds. The human touch is needed to help students reach their full potential. Furthermore, schools are a fairly safe place to leave children throughout the school day.
Apr 20, 2023 at 03:57 PM
Greg H. (Low) says
There are already automated plagiarism checkers in operation (Turnitin on our campus), and I've heard some school districts have piloted automated writing scoring software.
Sep 23, 2021 at 11:22 PM
Angela Roe (Uncertain) says
Due to COVID, many students now opt for online education rather than in person. Especially those students who want or need to work full-time. However, there has been quantitative data on how online school hasn't done much for students learning. At least 75% of my current enrolled students have complained that they don't learn anything online. But this could be more of a discipline issue rather than a curriculum issue. Either way, if students begin online at an early age, it will become the "norm" of learning.
Sep 12, 2021 at 06:17 PM
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 (Low) 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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