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25-1052.00 - Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include instruction in the methods of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Sample of reported job titles: Adjunct Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry Faculty Member, Chemistry Instructor, Chemistry Professor, Instructor, Professor, Professor of Chemistry
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Atomic absorption AA spectrometers — Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers
- Benchtop centrifuges — Laboratory benchtop centrifuges
- Calorimeters — Differential scanning calorimeters; Recording calorimeters
- Capillary tube assemblies — Cryoloops
- Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers — Chemiluminescence analyzers
- Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players
- Complementary deoxyribonucleic acid cDNA synthesis kits — Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA synthesizers
- Cryostats — Helium cryostats
- Desktop computers
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
- Digital cameras — Compact digital cameras
- Digital video disk players or recorders — Digital video disk DVD players
- Distillation pipings or columns or fittings — Solvent purification systems
- Electrodes — Oxygen electrodes
- Electrometers — Electron capture detectors ECD
- Epidiascopes — Opaque projectors
- Flame ionization analyzers — Flame ionization detectors
- Gel dryers — Gel drying systems
- General purpose refrigerators or refrigerator freezers — Cold rooms
- High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment
- Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers — Atomic emission spectroscopes
- Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers
- Inkjet printers — Poster printers
- Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis — Capillary electrophoresis systems
- Isolation glove boxes — Laboratory glove boxes
- Laboratory dishes — Crystallization plates; Drop plates
- Laboratory safety furnaces — Benchtop muffle furnaces
- Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
- Laser printers — Computer laser printers
- Lasers — Laser systems; Nitrogen lasers
- Liquid crystal display projector — Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
- Mass spectrometers — Gas chromatograph mass spectrometers GC-MS
- Microphone stand — Microphone podiums
- Microphones — Handheld microphones; Wireless microphones
- Microplate readers — Luminometer plate readers
- Monochromators — Scanning monochromators
- MP3 players or recorders — MP3 digital voice recorders
- Multimedia projectors — Multimedia projection equipment
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
- Orbital shakers — Benchtop orbital shakers
- Oscilloscopes — Digital storage oscilloscopes
- Overhead projectors — Overhead data projectors
- Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
- Photometers — Luminometers
- Pocket calculator — Digital calculators
- Polarimeters — Automated polarimeters
- Polarizing microscopes — Polarized light microscopes
- Portable data input terminals — Interactive whiteboard controllers; Student response systems
- Projection screens or displays — Projector screens
- Robotic or automated liquid handling systems — Microarray spotting systems
- Scanners — Computer data input scanners
- Shaking incubators — Microplate shakers
- Slide projectors — Carousel slide projectors
- Solid phase extraction SPE columns — Magnetic particle processors; Solvent extraction systems
- Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems
- Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — Spectrofluorimeters; X ray fluorescence XRF analyzers
- Spectrophotometers — Luminescence spectrophotometers
- Sulfur dioxide analyzers or detectors — Total sulfur analyzers
- Tablet computers
- Teleconference equipment — Conference telephones
- Televisions — Liquid crystal display LCD televisions; Television monitors
- Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Polymerase chain reaction PCR thermocyclers; Thermocyclers
- Thermo gravimetry analyzers — Thermogravimetric analyzers
- Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards
- Tube furnaces
- Ultracentrifuges — Benchtop ultracentrifuges
- Ultrasonic cleaning equipment — Ultrasonic cleaners
- Vacuum desiccators — Vacuum concentrators
- Vacuum pumps — Cryopumps
- Videoconferencing systems — Videoconferencing equipment
- Web cameras — Webcams
- X ray diffraction equipment — X ray diffractometers
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Auto3DEM; OriginLab Origin; PerkinElmer ChemOffice Suite; Wavefunction Spartan software (see all 9 examples)
- Calendar and scheduling software
- Computer based training software — Blackboard Learn; Desire2Learn; Learning management system LMS software; Sakai CLE (see all 5 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
- Information retrieval or search software — DOC Cop; iParadigms Turnitin
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Image scanning software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Collaborative editing software; Google Docs; Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Develop instructional materials.
- Guide class discussions.
- Evaluate student work.
- Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
- Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.
- Monitor student performance.
- Maintain student records.
- Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
- Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
- Supervise student research or internship work.
- Research topics in area of expertise.
- Teach physical science or mathematics courses at the college level.
- Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.
- Develop instructional objectives.
- Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
- Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.
- Prepare tests.
- Supervise laboratory work.
- Teach others to use technology or equipment.
- Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
- Write grant proposals.
- Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
- Advise students on academic or career matters.
- Direct department activities.
- Select educational materials or equipment.
- Perform student enrollment or registration activities.
- Promote educational institutions or programs.
- Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
- Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.
|Title||Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).|
|Related Experience||Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.|
|Job Training||Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.|
|SVP Range||(8.0 and above)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|11-9121.00||Natural Sciences Managers Green|
|19-1013.00||Soil and Plant Scientists|
|19-1021.00||Biochemists and Biophysicists|
|19-1042.00||Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists|
|25-1041.00||Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1042.00||Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary Bright Outlook|
|25-1053.00||Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1054.00||Physics Teachers, Postsecondary|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$75,060 annual|
|Employment (2014)||27,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Much faster than average (14% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||8,800|
|Top industries (2014)||
Educational Services (100% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Postsecondary teachers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.