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Working As A Chemistry Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $61,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Chemistry Teacher Do

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

Duties

High school teachers typically do the following:

  • Plan lessons in the subjects they teach, such as biology or history
  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach students in full class settings or in small groups
  • Adapt lessons to any changes in class size
  • Grade students’ assignments and exams to monitor progress
  • Communicate with parents about students’ progress
  • Work with individual students to challenge them, to improve their abilities, and to work on their weaknesses
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and administrative policies
  • Supervise students outside of the classroom—for example, at lunchtime or during detention

High school teachers generally teach students from the 9th through 12th grades. They usually specialize in one subject area, such as math, science, or history. They may teach several different classes within that subject area. For example, a high school math teacher may teach courses in algebra, calculus, and/or geometry.

High school teachers may teach students from different grades throughout the day. For example, in one class they may have students from the 9th grade and then in the next class they may have 12th-grade students. In many schools, students are divided into classes on the basis of their abilities, so teachers need to change their courses to match the students’ abilities.

High school teachers see several different classes of students throughout the day. They may teach the same material—for example, world history—to more than one class if the school has many students taking that subject.

Some high school teachers instruct special classes, such as art, music, and physical education.

When they do not have classes, teachers plan lessons, grade assignments, and meet with other teachers and staff.

In some schools, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) and teachers of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) work exclusively with students who are learning the English language. These students are often referred to as English language learners (ELLs). These teachers work with students individually or in groups to help them improve their English language skills and help them with assignments for other classes.

Students with learning disabilities and emotional or behavioral disorders often are taught in traditional classes. Therefore, high school teachers may work with special education teachers to adapt lessons to these students’ needs and to monitor the students’ progress.

Some teachers maintain websites to communicate with parents about students’ assignments, upcoming events, and grades. For students, teachers may create websites or discussion boards to present information and to expand a lesson taught in class.

Some high school teachers coach sports and advise student clubs and other groups, activities that frequently take place before or after school.

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How To Become A Chemistry Teacher

High school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.

Education

All states require public high school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Most states require high school teachers to have majored in a subject area, such as science or history. Teachers typically enroll in their institution’s teacher preparation program and take classes in education and child psychology as well.

In teacher education programs, prospective high school teachers learn how to present information to students and how to work with students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states require high school teachers to earn a master’s degree after earning their teaching certification.

Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools typically seek high school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and a major in a subject area.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

High school teachers typically are awarded a secondary or high school certification, which allows them to teach the 7th through the 12th grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to requiring a bachelor’s degree, states require teachers to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. States also typically require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge in the subject they will teach. Some states require teachers to have a minimum grade point average as well. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Often, teachers are required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing either type of program.

Training

In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and gain experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with other teachers and special education teachers. In addition, teachers need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. High school teachers must be patient when students struggle with material.

Resourcefulness. High school teachers need to explain difficult concepts in terms students can understand. In addition, they must be able to engage students in learning and adapt lessons to each student’s needs.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to be mentors or lead teachers. In these positions, they often work with less experienced teachers to help them improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals. Becoming a principal usually requires additional instruction in education administration or leadership. For more information, see the profiles on school and career counselors, librarians, instructional coordinators, and elementary, middle, and high school principals.

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Chemistry Teacher Career Paths

Chemistry Teacher
Chemist Senior Scientist Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Chemist Supervisor Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Chemist Supervisor Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Chemistry/Biology Teacher Biology Teacher Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Chemistry/Biology Teacher Biology Teacher Science Department Chairperson
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Physics Teacher Math Teacher Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Physics Teacher Math Teacher Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Physics Teacher Instructor Lead Teacher
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Project Manager Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Chemistry/Biology Teacher Biology Teacher Education Consultant
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Adjunct Instructor Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Professor Assistant Principal
High School Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Technical Writer Senior Instructional Designer
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
Research Fellow Adjunct Instructor Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
8th Grade Science Teacher Special Education Teacher Special Education Supervisor
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Research Fellow Assistant Professor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
8th Grade Science Teacher Lead Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Math Teacher 4.2 years
French Teacher 4.1 years
Science Teacher 4.1 years
Teacher 3.9 years
Biology Teacher 3.5 years
Physics Teacher 3.5 years
Economics Teacher 3.1 years
Chemistry Teacher 3.0 years
Geometry Teacher 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Chemistry Teacher
Teacher 7.5%
Internship 5.9%
Chemist 4.2%
Tutor 3.8%
Top Careers After Chemistry Teacher
Teacher 11.5%
Internship 3.9%
Tutor 3.5%
Chemist 3.3%
Instructor 3.1%
Volunteer 3.0%
Principal 2.6%

Do you work as a Chemistry Teacher?

Average Yearly Salary
$61,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Rocky Mountain College
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
Connecticut
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Chemistry Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Chemistry Teacher in the United States is $62,021 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $96,000.

Real Chemistry Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Miami University Oxford, OH Jun 17, 2013 $175,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary New York University New York, NY Sep 18, 2014 $94,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Feb 14, 2013 $92,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary The University of Akron Akron, OH Dec 17, 2013 $90,000
Chemistry Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Aug 09, 2016 $85,700
Chemistry Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Oct 17, 2016 $84,658
Chemistry Teacher-Secondary Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jul 31, 2015 $83,820
Chemistry Teacher-Secondary Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jun 24, 2015 $83,820
Chemistry Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD May 08, 2016 $83,618
Chemistry Teacher-Secondary Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jan 07, 2016 $83,618
Chemistry Teacher Holton Arms School Inc. Bethesda, MD Jul 01, 2014 $83,375
Chemistry Teacher-Secondary Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jul 01, 2015 $82,790
Chemistry Teacher-Secondary Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Aug 24, 2015 $82,790
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary State University of New York at Binghamton Binghamton, NY Jun 13, 2014 $68,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Washington State University Pullman, WA Sep 05, 2013 $68,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV Jan 08, 2014 $67,500
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX Mar 24, 2014 $67,500
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, MA Sep 06, 2013 $67,260
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Pace University New York, NY Jul 30, 2014 $66,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX Mar 18, 2014 $65,000
Chemistry Teacher Saint Joseph Preparatory High School Boston, MA Jan 08, 2016 $65,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, GA Sep 20, 2013 $56,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX Sep 19, 2013 $56,000
Secondary School Chemistry Teacher Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Aug 17, 2016 $55,000 -
$62,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA Sep 17, 2014 $53,859
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Saginaw Valley State Universtiy Center, MI Feb 21, 2014 $53,500
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Augustana College3 Rock Island, IL Jan 02, 2013 $53,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, WI Dec 05, 2013 $53,000
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Southwestern Adventist University Keene, TX Jun 06, 2013 $53,000

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Top Skills for A Chemistry Teacher

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Chemistry Curriculum
  3. Classroom Management
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  • Prepared lessons and materials for Honors Chemistry in long-term substitute role Directed labs and instructed students on proper use of lab equipment
  • Developed and implemented dynamic laboratory based chemistry curriculum that increased student understanding of basic chemical principles and standardized test performance.
  • Have collaborated with other teachers on lesson planning and effective classroom management.
  • Designed skill-appropriate math and literacy focused lesson plans and supportive tools.
  • Instructed general and organic chemistry in Mozambican state secondary schools with extremely limited resources.

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Top 10 Best States for Chemistry Teachers

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  2. Connecticut
  3. California
  4. Illinois
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New Jersey
  7. Michigan
  8. Oregon
  9. Maryland
  10. Washington
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Chemistry Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

45.0%

Male

40.3%

Unknown

14.7%
Ethnicity

White

56.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

10.8%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.6%

French

8.0%

Turkish

5.3%

Hindi

4.4%

Chinese

4.4%

German

4.4%

Arabic

4.4%

Russian

3.5%

Urdu

3.5%

Vietnamese

2.7%

Korean

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Mandarin

1.8%

Bengali

1.8%

Nepali

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Portuguese

1.8%

Persian

1.8%

Romanian

0.9%

Khmer

0.9%
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Chemistry Teacher Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

10.6%

University of Florida

9.4%

University of Texas at Austin

8.8%

University of Phoenix

5.9%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.7%

Montclair State University

4.7%

Prairie View A & M University

4.1%

National University

4.1%

North Carolina State University

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.1%

Walden University

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

Seton Hall University

4.1%

Western Michigan University

4.1%

Clemson University

4.1%

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

4.1%

University of Akron

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.5%
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Majors

Chemistry

34.5%

Education

12.0%

Biology

8.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

6.9%

Educational Leadership

6.1%

Elementary Education

5.1%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.0%

Chemical Engineering

4.0%

Secondary Education And Teaching

3.6%

Business

2.3%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.2%

Nursing

1.7%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Educational Technology

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Materials Sciences

1.3%

Environmental Science

1.2%

Microbiology

1.0%

Special Education

0.9%

Computer Science

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

39.5%

Bachelors

30.1%

Other

13.2%

Doctorate

11.1%

Certificate

3.9%

Associate

1.2%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.4%
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