Elementary School Teacher

By: Riley Kirk

Tasks Required


Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.


Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.


Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.


Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.


Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs


81% Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.

81% Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

78% Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

75% Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

72% Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Items : Working Conditions : Environment : Context

98% Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

95% Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?

93% Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

92% Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

92% Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?

Description : Educational Needs

In order to qualify as an elementary school teacher, you must have a Bachelor's and/or a Master's degree depending on the employer.


100% Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

56% Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

50% Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

45% Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

22% Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.


89% Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

78% Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

72% Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

67% Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

67% Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages : Employment Outlook : Trends

United States:

1,361,200 Jobs taken in 2012

+12% Employment Change

467,400 Job Openings


11,250 Jobs taken in 2012

+16% Employment Change

430 Job Openings

United States (yearly) $53,400 on average

Arkansas (Yearly) $44,000 on average

I would like to be an elementary school teacher because...

I enjoy helping others reach their goal, I like being around kids, and my mom is an elementary school teacher and she seems very happy, so I would like to follow in her footsteps.