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Career and Technology Studies Teacher

Career and technology studies (CTS) teachers help junior and senior high school students learn skills for personal living, prepare for future education and career possibilities, develop technological skills, and discover and integrate other curricular subject areas into their CTS studies.

  • Avg. Salary $78,700.00
  • Avg. Wage $50.23
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 14,400
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Business Education Teacher, Educator, Human Ecology Teacher, Industrial Arts Teacher, Instructor, School Teacher, Teacher, Vocational Education Teacher

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Secondary School Teachers (4141) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Secondary School Teachers (E131) 
  • 2011 NOC: Secondary school teachers (4031) 
  • 2016 NOC: Secondary school teachers (4031) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Career and Technology Studies Teacher is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Secondary School Teachers

Interest in participating in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops; may advise students on course selection and on vocational and personal matters


Interest in co-ordinating information to prepare materials for academic, technical, vocational and specialized subjects and examinations, and to prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help


Interest in instructing students using a systematic plan of lectures, discussions, audio-visual presentations, and laboratory, shop and field studies; and in assigning and correcting homework, and administering and correcting examinations; may supervise student teachers

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 31, 2017

In Alberta, schools select content and organize courses from a provincial Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Program. This program consists of 5 clusters:

  • Media, Design and Communication Arts (MDC)
  • Business, Administration, Finance and Information Technology (BIT)
  • Natural Resources (NAT)
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation (TMT)
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services (HRH).

There is one standard CTS program for the province, but each school selects content based on student and community needs and available resources. No single school is likely to offer all 600+ CTS 1-credit courses.

In general, CTS teachers:

  • teach courses drawn from 1 or more of the 5 clusters
  • develop content and various methods of teaching that content
  • keep up to date in their fields by attending courses, workshops, conferences and seminars.

The duties of CTS teachers are similar to those of other teachers. For more information, see the Secondary School Teacher occupational profile.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2017

CTS teachers work in classrooms, school laboratories and workshops. Some work environments simulate office, workshop, salon, clinic, home or other settings found in business, industry or government. Many hours are spent outside class time working with individual students, preparing lessons and marking assignments.

Teaching can be a demanding job requiring a great deal of physical, mental and emotional energy.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Career and technology studies teachers need:

  • a genuine liking for and interest in young people
  • patience, compassion, tolerance and understanding
  • good mental, emotional and physical health and stamina
  • good sense of humour
  • strong leadership and organizational skills
  • the ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues, employers, administrators, parents and the community at large.

They should enjoy finding different ways to solve problems and present information, and organizing and co-ordinating the work of others.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Career and technology studies teachers need knowledge and skills in both education and their subject area.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Teaching some CTS courses requires an appropriate Alberta Journeyman Certificate or recognized trade certificate.

For information about designated trades and occupations, see the apprenticeship occupational profiles.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2017

CTS teachers are employed by:

  • junior and senior high schools
  • colleges and vocational centres with integrated or technical occupational programs.

Experienced CTS teachers may advance to administrative positions or specialist positions in large schools, school districts, departments of education, colleges or universities.

CTS teachers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4031: Secondary school teachers. In Alberta, most people employed in this classification work in the Educational Services (PDF) industry.

The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Educational Services industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the 4031: Secondary school teachers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 290 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) estimates that about 400 teaching positions will become vacant each year due to retirement.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Since teachers’ salaries and benefits are determined by negotiated agreements between school boards and their teachers, salaries vary from one board to another. However, all teachers are paid according to a grid system based on their number of years of university training and number of years of teaching experience.

All teachers employed in Alberta’s publicly supported schools are members of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and are automatically included under the Alberta Teachers’ Pension Plans Act (PDF). Holidays and pensions are specified by provincial legislation. However, teachers often use the spring, summer and Christmas breaks for professional development or for fulfilling additional professional responsibilities.

Secondary school teachers

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Survey Analysis

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Hourly Wage
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $19.02 $49.21 $36.27 $33.20
Overall $35.45 $103.44 $50.23 $47.53
Top $46.62 $103.44 $65.44 $58.50

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
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Educational Services

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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
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  • Environment, Forestry and Related Studies
  • Human Ecology, Fashion and Food Sciences
  • Personal and Food Services
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) website:

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Updated Mar 31, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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