Teacher, Adult and Vocational

Career Overview

Vocational teachers instruct students in a wide variety of career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They prepare students for careers that require important skills, but not always a college degree.


A bachelor's degree or licensure in whatever field will be taught may be necessary to obtain this position. In some areas, a master's degree may be required. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor's degree.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$28,000 /yr
$50,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
Work Environment

Vocational teachers generally work in technical or community colleges. They may teach classes during the day, at night, or online.

Future Outlook

Job opportunities for technical and community college instructors should be good over the next 10 years, but many colleges are increasing the numbers of part-time (adjunct) professors. There are likely to be more opportunities for part-time than full-time work.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada