In a typical work setting, adult and vocational education teachers:
- Have a high level of contact with students.
- Regularly speak in front of groups of people. Public speaking is required of all teachers.
- Often work as part of a group or team of other teachers and educators.
- Communicate regularly by telephone, e-mail, and in person. They also write letters and memos, but less often.
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- Are responsible for the work outcomes and results of their students.
- Are responsible for their students' health and safety while in training.
- May be placed in conflict situations in which students may be rude or angry, perhaps about a grade or assignment.
Physical Work Conditions
- Most often work indoors in classrooms, laboratories, or at work sites.
- Work physically close to students, within several feet or inches, especially when helping them learn a specific task.
- Make decisions that affect students and coworkers on a weekly basis. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
- Set nearly all their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
- Must meet daily and weekly deadlines.
- Must be very exact or highly accurate in performing the job.
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- May repeat the same mental or physical tasks.
- Many work part time. Some work more than one part-time job.
- May teach day, night, or weekend courses.