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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 and prepare for future education and career possibilities; develop technological skills, advance employability opportunities and discover and integrate other curricular subject areas in their CTS studies.

  • Avg. Salary $76,274.00
  • Avg. Wage $41.40
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
Also Known As

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

NOC & Interest Codes
The Career and Technology Studies Teacher is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Secondary School Teachers
NOC code: 4141

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 Dec 15, 2016

In Alberta, schools select content and organize courses from a provincial Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Program. This program consists of five 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 one school is likely to offer all 600+ CTS one-credit courses.

In general, CTS teachers:

  • teach courses drawn from one or more of the five clusters
  • develop content and various methods of teaching 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 Dec 15, 2016

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 and 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 Dec 15, 2016

Career and technology studies teachers need the following characteristics:

  • a genuine liking for and interest in young people
  • strong leadership and organizational skills
  • a good sense of humour
  • patience, compassion, tolerance and understanding
  • good mental, emotional and physical health and stamina
  • 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.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

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 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 that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 8,100 Albertans are employed in the Secondary school teachers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.4% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 113 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As career and technology studies teachers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for career and technology studies teachers.

The Alberta Teachers' Association estimates that about 400 teaching positions will become vacant each year due to retirement.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 15, 2016

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 (ATA) and are automatically included under the Alberta Teachers' Pension Plans Act. Holidays and pensions are specified by provincial legislation. However, teachers often use the summer break period of July and August, or Christmas and spring break holidays, for professional development or for fulfilling additional professional responsibilities.

Career and technology studies teachers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4031: Secondary school teachers.

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Secondary school teachers occupational group earned on average from $29.87 to $50.67 an hour. The overall average wage was $41.40 an hour. For more information, see the Secondary school teachers wage profile.

Related High School Subjects
  • Fine Arts
    • Drama
    • Music
    • Visual Arts
  • English Language Arts
  • Science
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Human and Social Services
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Agriculture and Related Technologies
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Communications
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Education and Library Studies
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
  • 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 Dec 15, 2016

Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) website:

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Feb 01, 2012. 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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