Computer Science Teacher

Educate students on the math and science behind computers.

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Good

Salary Range
$35,000 – $83,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Computer Science Teachers do?

Computer Science Teachers instruct their students on the mathematics, sciences, and theories behind the development and operation of computers. Computer Science Teachers teach them the fundamental principles of computer systems, how to put together algorithms, and how to construct a system from scratch. Because computer science is such a broad category, and growing by the day with each new technological advancement, there are many subcategories to this profession. The subject you choose to specialize in will depend on the level you’re teaching.

If you’re a Computer Science Teacher in a grade school or high school, for example, you will likely start with typing skills. As abilities evolve, you may begin teaching the building blocks of computer systems. If you’re teaching at the college level, whether at a technical school or a four-year university, you tackle algorithms and practical techniques.

It is not until late in their college education, or they start pursuing a Master’s degree, that your students will specialize. They may focus on computational complexity theory, computer graphics, programming language theory, computer programming, or human-computer interaction, for example.

Because this area of study is constantly growing and evolving, your work needs to evolve as well. This means a big responsibility of your job is to stay abreast of industry developments, as well as keeping the excitement and passion for this field alive in your students.


Should I be a Computer Science Teacher?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

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    How to become a Computer Science Teacher

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