“I graduated with a B.S. degree in robotics last year,” a young woman tells us. “And guess what? I couldn’t get a job designing robots. However, I did get a great job teaching middle school and high school students how to build them. I’m having the time of my life!”

If this young teacher had gotten a full engineering degree and studied industrial robotics or AI, she might have gotten a job at a company like Fanuc or Mitsubishi. But she found a job in teaching.

High Schools and Colleges Are Hiring Teachers Who Majored in CTE Subjects

Public school systems, as well as community colleges, are hiring teachers who can teach a variety of tech subjects.

What kind of subjects are CTE-savvy college grads being hired to teach? Here is a partial list:

  • CTE courses (yes, it is a course category)
  • Agriculture and agricultural science
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Animation and video
  • Architecture and pre-architecture
  • Audio and video production
  • Auto repair
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Building design
  • Carpentry
  • City and smart planning design
  • Communications
  • Computer-aided design and manufacturing teacher
  • Computer programming
  • Computer science
  • Construction Trades
  • Cosmetology
  • CTE business administration
  • Culinary arts and science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital media
  • Drafting
  • Electrical grid design
  • Electronics
  • Emergency medical response
  • Film and television studies
  • Fire and EMS studies
  • Fire safety
  • Graphic design
  • Health science
  • Horticulture
  • HVAC and refrigeration
  • Landscaping
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Metal fabrication
  • Metal shop
  • Millwork and cabinetry manufacturing
  • Photography
  • Plumbing technology
  • Pre-engineering
  • Product design
  • Robotics
  • Sports medicine
  • Transport
  • Video broadcasting
  • Web design
  • Welding
  • Woodshop

The Lesson Is . . .

There seem to be more teaching jobs in technical subject areas than there are in business or industry. That’s something to bear in mind as you give advice to technically-oriented students – or if you are such a student yourself.

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