Physics Teacher

Explain the theories of physics to high school students.

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$35,000 – $83,000

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What do Physics Teachers do?

It might seem obvious, but Physics Teachers teach students about physics. Physics is the science subject concerned with matter and energy, and how the two interact. It’s the class where you discuss things like light, motion, gravity, and viscosity, and do experiments like dropping different sized balls to see which one lands first.

A Physics Teacher uses different teaching techniques to instruct students about everything from the basics to the complex aspects of physics. Since physics is an advanced subject, you’ll most likely work as a Physics Teacher in a high school, teaching students who are in their junior or senior years. Students younger than this tend to not have the science knowledge they’ll need to understand what you’re talking about.

You use a combination of bookwork, homework, and experiments to explain different concepts to your students. Then you test their knowledge using quizzes, exams, and assignments to make sure they’re getting all they need out of your teaching. If you find a kid who’s falling behind, you might offer tutoring, extra work, or a different explanation to help them catch up.

You’re required to teach some things according to state guidelines (like the scientific method or the basic laws of physics). But beyond that, you have a lot of freedom when it comes to making your lesson plans and creating experiments.

Should I be a Physics 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Health and Physical Education Teacher, Physical Fitness Teacher

    How to become a Physics Teacher

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