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Become A Physics Instructor

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Working As A Physics Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Processing Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $48,960

    Average Salary

What Does A Physics Instructor Do At Chippewa Valley Technical College

* Design and implement effective learning strategies and environments.
* Deliver instruction of high quality.
* Assess student learning.
* Advise students.
* Maintain labs as appropriate.
* Participate in college activities and pursue ongoing professional development.
* Develop a relevant and progressive curriculum.
* Please view the Adjunct Instructor Position Description for additional roles and responsibilities of adjunct instructors at CVTC

What Does A Physics Instructor Do At Grandview College

* The successful candidate will develop, teach and coordinate Physics courses and coordinate the physical science courses (including those with laboratories) that appeal to a broad audience of students.
* In addition, the candidate will be expected to teach introductory science courses (depending on background) and courses that serve the liberal arts core

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How To Become A Physics Instructor

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.


Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.


A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Physics Instructor Demographics


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  • White

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Urdu

  • Persian

  • Korean

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Hungarian

  • Polish

  • Yoruba

  • Mandarin

  • Dari

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

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Real Physics Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Physics Instructor (Clinical Applications) Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Mar 10, 2011 $100,870 -
Physics Instructor State Center Community College District Reedley, CA Nov 08, 2016 $78,148
Math & Physics Instructor Vonity, Inc. Dublin, CA Mar 16, 2015 $76,490
Physics Instructor Shepherd University Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2012 $62,610
Physics Instructor Northwest Vista College San Antonio, TX May 14, 2008 $61,280
Instructor of Medcial Physics Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Aug 08, 2011 $61,000
Physics Instructor Bellarmine University Louisville, KY Aug 15, 2014 $59,125
Physics Instructor Central Lakes Community and Technical College Brainerd, MN Aug 18, 2013 $58,000
Physics Instructor Central Lakes Community & Technical College Brainerd, MN Aug 18, 2010 $54,500
Instructor, Physics Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA May 01, 2014 $53,922
Instructor, Physics Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA Jan 05, 2014 $53,922
Instructor-Physical Therapy Santa Ana Valley College Santa Ana, CA Mar 17, 2016 $53,430
Physics Instructor Columbia Union College Takoma Park, MD Aug 24, 2009 $53,198
Physics Instructor Faulkner University Montgomery, AL Mar 20, 2016 $52,175
Physics Instructor Alabama School of Fine Arts Birmingham, AL Aug 08, 2013 $52,173
Physics Instructor Alabama School of Fine Arts Birmingham, AL Sep 20, 2016 $51,367
Physics Instructor Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS Jul 01, 2011 $51,073
Instructor of Physical Therapy University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD Jun 22, 2014 $51,000
Instructor, Physics Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA Jan 06, 2011 $46,876
Math and Physics Instructor Austin Gifted, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 01, 2013 $46,857
Physics Instructor Western Texas College Snyder, TX Jan 06, 2015 $46,465
Physical Therapy Assistant Instructor Dade Medical College, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 15, 2014 $45,000
Physics Instructor The District Board of Trustees of Pensacola State Pensacola, FL Jan 02, 2013 $44,185
Physics Instructor Cleveland State Community College Cleveland, TN May 15, 2013 $43,464

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Top Skills for A Physics Instructor


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Top Physics Instructor Skills

  1. Lab Reports
  2. Course Curricula
  3. Mathematics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared quizzes, evaluated lab reports, closely monitored the progress of students and held weekly review meetings.
  • Plan and implement course curricula for instruction of sports, games, and competitive athletics.
  • Provided instruction and tutoring in mathematics and physics to small groups of gifted high school students.
  • Designed lesson plans according to state mandated curriculum and devised individual learning tracks for troubled students.
  • Aided the instruction of undergraduate students enrolled in calculus-based physics.

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