Science Teacher

Conduct lectures and experiments on the wonders of the physical world.
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Salary Range
$35,000 – $83,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Science Teachers do?

Science Teachers instruct students about the physical world around them. The subjects and grade levels they teach may vary — they may teach general science to middle schoolers, for instance, or high school-level courses on topics such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and geology.

Do you remember Mr. Wizard? If you grew up in the 1980s and wanted to learn about static electricity, the laws of motion, or spontaneous chemical reactions, he could teach you in less than five minutes, using only a balloon and a bag of groceries. After all, he wasn’t just a TV personality; first and foremost, he was a Science Teacher.

You probably won’t have your own TV series when you’re a Science Teacher. You will, however, have a captive audience — a classroom full of students — and an arsenal of props: lab coats, goggles, microscopes, Bunsen burners, and scores upon scores of beakers.

To instruct your students, you create daily lesson plans that include lectures and presentations, as well as hands-on scientific experiments that illustrate concepts like gravity and transmutation. Like all Teachers, you assign and grade homework, administer tests, and, when necessary, give rewards and discipline.

Ultimately, however, your job is developing the left side of your students’ brains. Even if they don’t remember the Periodic Table when they’re 30, you’ve done your job if they can hypothesize, reason, experiment, and substantiate their way through life’s stickiest situations (including, but not limited to, egg drops and frog dissections!).

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

  • Also known as: Family Consumer Science Teacher, Health Science Technology Education Teacher, Occupational Work Experience Teacher

    How to become a Science Teacher

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