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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: Chemistry Professor, Professor, Chemistry Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Instructor, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry Faculty Member, Adjunct Instructor

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
89   Core Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory performance, assignments, and papers.
88   Core Supervise students' laboratory work.
87   Core Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
84   Core Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and chemical separation.
81   Core Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
81   Core Establish, teach, and monitor students' compliance with safety rules for handling chemicals, equipment, and other hazardous materials.
79   Core Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
78   Core Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
78   Core Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
78   Core Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
77   Core Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
77   Core Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
76   Core Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
72   Core Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
69   Core Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
68   Core Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
63   Core Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
63   Core Select, order, and maintain materials and supplies for teaching and research, such as textbooks, chemicals, and laboratory equipment.
61   Core Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
60   Core Serve on committees or in professional societies.
51   Core Act as advisers to student organizations.
50   Core Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
62   Supplemental Perform administrative duties such as serving as a department head.
48   Supplemental Prepare and submit required reports related to instruction.
47   Supplemental Participate in campus and community events.
40   Supplemental Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Calorimeters — Differential scanning calorimeters; Recording calorimeters
Laboratory dishes — Crystallization plates; Drop plates
Lasers — Laser systems; Nitrogen lasers
Microphones — Handheld microphones; Wireless microphones
Portable data input terminals — Interactive whiteboard controllers; Student response systems
Solid phase extraction SPE columns — Magnetic particle processors; Solvent extraction systems
Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — Spectrofluorimeters; X ray fluorescence XRF analyzers
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

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)
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
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Collaborative editing software; Google Docs *; Microsoft Word

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
97   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
85   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
83   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
81   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
71   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
64   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
57   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
55   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
48   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
48   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
44   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
37   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
37   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
36   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
34   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
34   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
32   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
31   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
21   Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
20   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
19   History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
18   Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
17   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
17   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
17   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
16   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
16   Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
16   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
16   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
16   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
14   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
13   Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
10   Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
78   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
75   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
75   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
75   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
75   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
72   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
72   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
72   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
69   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
69   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
63   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
53   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
53   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
53   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
50   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
47   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
47   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
47   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
41   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
35   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
28   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
25   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
22   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
22   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
22   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
19   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
16   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
13   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
 Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
81   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
75   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
75   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
75   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
72   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
72   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
69   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
63   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
53   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
53   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
53   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
53   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
50   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
50   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
50   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
47   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
47   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
41   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
38   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
38   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
31   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
31   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
31   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
28   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
25   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
25   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
22   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
22   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
13   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
10   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
 Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
88   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Guide class discussions.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment.
  • Teach physical science or mathematics courses at the college level.
84   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
82   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
82   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Research topics in area of expertise.
  • Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.
78   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Select educational materials or equipment.
74   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.
74   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Develop instructional objectives.
  • Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
72   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
71   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
67   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
67   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
64   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
61   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
  • Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.
  • Write grant proposals.
61   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
60   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
60   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
60   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
60   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor student performance.
56   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Prepare tests.
53   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Direct department activities.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
  • Supervise laboratory work.
  • Supervise student research or internship work.
51   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
48   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
47   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
44   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
43   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
42   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
41   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
39   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
39   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Perform student enrollment or registration activities.
34   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
32   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
32   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
31   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
29   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
24   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
  • Promote educational institutions or programs.
23   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
23   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
22   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
19   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
15   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
11   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


99     Every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


77     A lot of freedom
23     Some freedom
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


77     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


64     A lot of freedom
36     Some freedom
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


83     More than 40 hours
15     40 hours
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


84     Every day
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


56     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


47     Constant contact with others
38     Contact with others most of the time
14     Contact with others about half the time
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


45     Extremely important
39     Very important
16     Important
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


49     Every day
31     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


30     Extremely important
50     Very important
18     Important
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


34     Every day
34     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
20     Once a year or more but not every month
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


20     Very important results
47     Important results
23     Moderate results
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


39     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


63     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


28     Extremely competitive
32     Highly competitive
22     Moderately competitive
13     Slightly competitive
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


17     Extremely important
41     Very important
27     Important
15     Fairly important
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


39     Very high responsibility
11     High responsibility
24     Moderate responsibility
20     Limited responsibility
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


15     Every day
26     Once a week or more but not every day
51     Once a month or more but not every week
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


28     Very high responsibility
23     High responsibility
18     Moderate responsibility
28     Limited responsibility
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


34     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


37     More than half the time
46     About half the time
11     Less than half the time
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


31     Every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


25     Extremely serious
19     Serious
34     Fairly serious
15     Not serious at all
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


24     Once a week or more but not every day
31     Once a month or more but not every week
43     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


60     About half the time
34     Less than half the time
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


15     Very important
30     Important
31     Fairly important
15     Not important at all
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


12     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
50     Once a year or more but not every month
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


25     Moderately close (at arm's length)
12     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
52     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


23     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Once a year or more but not every month
30     Never
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


14     Very important
18     Important
23     Fairly important
36     Not important at all
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


58     Less than half the time
28     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


16     Once a week or more but not every day
34     Once a year or more but not every month
42     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


65     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


21     Once a year or more but not every month
57     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


11     About half the time
58     Less than half the time
29     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


57     Less than half the time
33     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


16     Once a week or more but not every day
69     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


27     Slightly automated
61     Not at all automated
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


28     Once a year or more but not every month
58     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


11     Seasonal (only during certain times of the year)
82     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


35     Once a year or more but not every month
57     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


14     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
73     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


16     Once a year or more but not every month
72     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


31     Once a year or more but not every month
65     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


34     Less than half the time
64     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


82     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


21     Once a year or more but not every month
73     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


14     Once a year or more but not every month
79     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


89     Not important at all
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


12     Less than half the time
81     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


23     Less than half the time
76     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


91     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
87     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


91     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
87     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


100     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
51   Doctoral degree
27   Post-doctoral training
18   Master's degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Chemistry — Analytical Chemistry; Chemical Physics; Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Physical and Theoretical Chemistry (see all 7 programs)
Geosciences — Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
95   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
89   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
61   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.
45   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
28   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
22   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
95   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
90   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
90   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
89   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
86   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
85   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
84   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
82   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
82   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
80   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
79   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
78   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
76   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
72   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
69   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
68   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Extent
Work Value
83   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
81   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
78   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
72   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
61   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
39   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

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19-1029.03 Geneticists   Bright Outlook Bright Outlook  
19-1042.00 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
25-1041.00 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
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25-1053.00 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
25-1054.00 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $72,670 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 25,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 7,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Educational Services (100% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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  • Postsecondary Teachers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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