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High school teachers held about 955,800 jobs in 2012. Most high school teachers work in either public or private schools. Some teach in public magnet and charter schools. Others teach in private religious or secular schools. Most states have tenure laws, which means that after a certain number of years of teaching satisfactorily, teachers have some job security.
Students developing new skills and gain an appreciation for knowledge and learning can be very rewarding. However, teaching may be stressful. Some schools have large classes and lack important teaching tools, such as computers and up-to-date textbooks. Most teachers are held accountable for their students’ performance on standardized testing, which can be frustrating. Teachers at times must cope with unmotivated or disrespectful students.
High school teachers generally work normal school hours, which can vary. However, they often spend time in the evenings and on weekends grading papers and preping lessons. In addition, they may meet with parents, students, and other teachers before and after school. Plus, teachers who coach sports or advise clubs generally do so before or after school.
Many work the traditional 10-month school year with a 2-month break during the summer. Although most do not teach during the summer, some teach during summer. Teachers in districts with a year-round schedule typically work 8 weeks in a row, are on break for 1 week, and have a 5-week midwinter break.
The median annual wage for high school teachers was $55,050 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,930, and the top 10 percent earned over $85,690.
These Jobs Listings allow you to search a broad category of Music Education related employment. Feel free to refine your Music Education job search by typing in specific job names into the what line item on the jobs board listings page. Typical job duties could include teaching music, chorus, or band for schools, colleges, universities, or musical institutes. You may teach music to students and adults in various venues. Music Eduction jobs could also include musical instrument instruction, guitar instruction, piano instruction, and more.