Details Report for:
25-1054.00 - Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Sample of reported job titles: Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor of Physics, Associate Professor, Instructor, Math and Physics Instructor, Physical Science Professor, Physics Instructor, Physics Professor, Professor, Professor of Physics
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 — Gravitation software; The MathWorks MATLAB ; VASP Data Viewer; Wolfram Research Mathematica (see all 11 examples)
- Calendar and scheduling software
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD ; Mathsoft Mathcad
- Computer based training software — Blackboard Learn; Desire2Learn; Learning management system LMS; Sakai CLE (see all 5 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software
- Development environment software — C ; National Instruments LabVIEW ; plotutils; PLplot (see all 9 examples)
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Visual Molecular Dynamics VMD
- Information retrieval or search software — DOC Cop; iParadigms Turnitin
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Object or component oriented development software — C++ ; Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
- 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 ; LaTeX; Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Calorimeters — Microcalorimeters
- 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
- Epidiascopes — Opaque projectors
- Geiger counters — Nuclear counting equipment
- Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Holography apparatus — Holography equipment
- Inkjet printers — Poster printers
- Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
- Laser printers — Computer laser printers
- Lasers — Far infrared FIR lasers; Laser systems; Optically pumped molecular lasers
- Liquid crystal display projector — Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
- 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
- Parabolic mirrors — Concave mirrors; Convex mirrors
- Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
- Pocket calculator — Digital calculators
- Portable data input terminals — Interactive whiteboard controllers; Student response systems
- Projection screens or displays — Projector screens
- Scanners — Computer data input scanners
- Simple harmonic oscillator — Non linear effects equipment
- Slide projectors — Carousel slide projectors
- Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems
- Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — Stopped-flow fluorimeters
- Spectrometers — Circular dichroism CD spectrometers
- Tablet computers
- Teleconference equipment — Conference telephones
- Televisions — Liquid crystal display LCD televisions; Television monitors
- Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards
- Ultracentrifuges — Analytical ultracentrifuges
- Video projectors
- Videoconferencing systems — Videoconferencing equipment
- Web cameras — Webcams
- Research topics in area of expertise.
- Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.
- Supervise laboratory work.
- Teach physical science or mathematics courses at the college level.
- Develop instructional materials.
- Write grant proposals.
- Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
- Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.
- Supervise student research or internship work.
- Evaluate student work.
- Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
- Prepare tests.
- Develop instructional objectives.
- Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
- Maintain student records.
- Advise students on academic or career matters.
- Guide class discussions.
- Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
- Select educational materials or equipment.
- Perform student enrollment or registration activities.
- Promote educational institutions or programs.
- Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
- Direct department activities.
- Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.
- Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.
- Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
|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, astronomers, biologists, clergy, surgeons, 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.
|25-1022.00||Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1031.00||Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1032.00||Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1051.00||Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary Bright Outlook|
|25-1052.00||Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-1064.00||Geography Teachers, Postsecondary|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2017)||$87,340 annual|
|Employment (2016)||18,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2016-2026)||Faster than average (10% to 14%)|
|Projected job openings (2016-2026)||1,600|
|Top industries (2016)||
Educational Services (99% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "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 Association of Physics Teachers
- American Association of University Professors
- American Astronomical Society
- American Geophysical Union
- American Institute of Physics
- American Meteorological Society
- American Physical Society
- Astronomical Society of the Pacific
- International Astronomical Union
- National Science Teachers Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Postsecondary teachers
- Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society
- Society of Physics Students
- The Optical Society