Job Spotlight: Substitute Teacher

Explore a career as a substitute teacher!

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.

Substitute Teacher

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re learning what it means to be a substitute teacher.

Required Education: Generally, a high school degree. Bachelor’s degree in teaching preferred.


Although pay varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), substitute teachers make an average of $17.35 an hour.

What Substitute Teachers Do:

Substitute Teachers deal with a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Taking attendance
  • Coordinating with the regular teacher to teach their curriculum and lesson plans
  • Overseeing students both in and outside of class
  • Giving out and explaining homework
  • Administering tests and quizzes
  • Compiling progress reports for the regular teacher

What Institutions Look for in Substitute Teachers:

Every position is different, but many institutions need the following skills and attributes:

  • A valid and current Substitute Teacher license (required in some states)
  • A patient and forgiving attitude
  • Experience teaching and leading students preferred
  • General subject knowledge
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about Substitute Teacher jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office,  download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.

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