Details Report for:
25-1042.00 - Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Sample of reported job titles: Anatomy Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences Professor, Biology Instructor, Biology Professor, Instructor, Lecturer, Physiology Instructor, Professor
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | 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
- Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics ; SAS ; Statistical software; The MathWorks MATLAB (see all 13 examples)
- Calendar and scheduling software
- Computer based training software — Blackboard Learn; Learning management system LMS; Moodle; Sakai CLE (see all 6 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Blackboard software; Data entry software
- Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics creation software
- Information retrieval or search software — DOC Cop; iParadigms Turnitin
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Map creation software — Geographic information system GIS software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- 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.
- Anaerobic chamber — Anaerobic growth chambers
- Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers — Chemiluminescence imaging systems
- Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players
- 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
- Dissolved carbon dioxide analyzers — Carbon dioxide analysis equipment
- Epidiascopes — Opaque projectors
- Fluorescent microscopes — Fluorescence microscopes
- Gel documentation systems — Electrophoresis equipment
- High capacity removable media drives — Universal serial bus USB flash drives
- Inkjet printers — Poster printers
- Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
- Laser printers — Computer laser printers
- Liquid crystal display projector — Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
- Mass spectrometers — Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization MALDI mass spectrometers
- Microphone stand — Microphone podiums
- Microphones — Handheld microphones; Wireless microphones
- MP3 players or recorders — MP3 digital voice recorders
- Multimedia projectors — Multimedia projection equipment
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Overhead projectors — Overhead data projectors
- Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen test meters
- Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
- Pocket calculator — Digital calculators
- Portable data input terminals — Interactive whiteboard controllers; Student response systems; Wireless learning calculator systems
- Projection screens or displays — Projector screens
- Refrigerated and heated reach in environmental or growth chambers — Environmental growth chambers
- Scanners — Computer data input scanners
- Scanning electron microscopes — Field emission scanning electron microscopes
- Scanning light or spinning disk or laser scanning microscopes — Laser scanning microscopes
- Slide projectors — Carousel slide projectors
- Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems
- Tablet computers
- Teleconference equipment — Conference telephones
- Televisions — Liquid crystal display LCD televisions; Television monitors
- Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Thermocyclers
- Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards
- Ultra cold or ultralow upright cabinets or freezers — Low temperature freezers
- Ultracentrifuges — Benchtop ultracentrifuges
- Videoconferencing systems — Videoconferencing equipment
- Web cameras — Webcams
- Evaluate student work.
- Teach physical science or mathematics courses at the college level.
- Develop instructional objectives.
- Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
- Develop instructional materials.
- Guide class discussions.
- Supervise laboratory work.
- Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
- Maintain student records.
- Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.
- Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
- Prepare tests.
- Supervise student research or internship work.
- Tutor students who need extra assistance.
- Advise students on academic or career matters.
- Research topics in area of expertise.
- Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.
- Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
- Select educational materials or equipment.
- Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
- Plan experiential learning activities.
- Write grant proposals.
- Evaluate scholarly materials.
- Perform student enrollment or registration activities.
- Promote educational institutions or programs.
- Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
- Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
- Direct department activities.
- Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.
- Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
- Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.
|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 pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, neurologists, and veterinarians.|
|SVP Range||(8.0 and above)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
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.
|19-1042.00||Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists|
|25-1041.00||Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1052.00||Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1053.00||Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1061.00||Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1071.00||Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Bright Outlook|
|25-1072.00||Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2019)||$83,300 annual|
|Employment (2019)||64,700 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Much faster than average (8% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||5,600|
|Top industries (2019)||
Educational Services (95% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American Physiological Society
- American Society for Microbiology
- American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
- Association for Biology Laboratory Education
- Association of Southeastern Biologists
- Council on Undergraduate Research
- Ecological Society of America
- Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
- National Association of Biology Teachers
- National Science Teachers Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Postsecondary teachers
- Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society
- Society for Conservation Biology
- Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
- The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology