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Secondary School Teacher

Kaiako Kura Tuarua

Secondary school teachers teach one or more curriculum subject areas to students of about 13 to 18 years of age at a secondary school.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

Pay

Secondary school teachers usually earn
$47K-$72K
per year
Source: Ministry of Education, 'Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement 2013-2015', 2013.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
31,689
Year 2011
32,446
Year 2010
29,025
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities

Average

Chances of getting a job as a secondary school teacher are average, and are best if you teach a shortage subject or work in rural or low socio-economic locations.


How to get into this job

Usually required

One of:

  • Specialist subject degree and Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Combined specialist subject degree and secondary teaching qualification

Registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council

Useful school subjects

Biology

Chemistry

English

Geography

History and Classical Studies

Craig Rofe talks to three students in a physics class

Secondary school teachers plan, prepare and teach curriculum subjects to students

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Updated 10 Feb 2014