Secondary School Teacher (High School)

Career Overview

A high school teacher plans and delivers lessons in one subject to students in grades 9-12.


A four-year bachelor's degree in the subject area to be taught along with additional coursework in education is generally required to obtain this position. A four-year bachelor's degree in education along with additional training in the area to be taught may also be acceptable, depending on the district.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$40,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$92,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

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

A teacher can work in any public or private school. Teachers are often required to do a lot of work on their own time (e.g., preparation, grading).

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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