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Career Profile: Self-Enrichment Teachers

Teach or instruct individuals or groups for the primary purpose of self-enrichment or recreation, rather than for an occupational objective, educational attainment, competition, or fitness.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 336,700 people employed as self-enrichment teachers in the United States. The median annual salary is $40,000. Entry level employees earn approximately $21,920 per year and senior employees earn approximately $82,000 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Conduct classes, workshops, and demonstrations, and provide individual instruction to teach topics and skills, such as cooking, dancing, writing, physical fitness, photography, personal finance, and flying.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injury and damage.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine their priorities for their children.
  • Schedule class times to ensure maximum attendance.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Observe and evaluate the performance of other instructors.
  • Prepare students for further development by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Observe students to determine qualifications, limitations, abilities, interests, and other individual characteristics.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by administrative policy.
  • Monitor students' performance to make suggestions for improvement and to ensure that they satisfy course standards, training requirements, and objectives.
  • Prepare and administer written, oral, and performance tests, and issue grades in accordance with performance.
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Prepare instructional program objectives, outlines, and lesson plans.
  • Confer with other teachers and professionals to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning and development.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Enforce policies and rules governing students.
  • Review instructional content, methods, and student evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations for course revision, development, or elimination.
  • Meet with other instructors to discuss individual students and their progress.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Attend professional meetings, conferences, and workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, contests, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  • Select, order, and issue books, materials, and supplies for courses or projects.
  • Assign and grade class work and homework.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Participate in publicity planning and student recruitment.
  • Write instructional articles on designated subjects.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
336,700
Annual Openings:
50,500
Increase in Openings by 2030:
24%
Annual Salary Range:
$21,920 - $82,000
Education Requirements:
High school diploma