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Working As A Science 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

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Science 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 Science 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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Science Teacher Career Paths

Science Teacher
Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Team Leader Chairperson
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Education Consultant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Owner Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Coach Registered Nurse Adjunct Instructor
Associate Dean
11 Yearsyrs
Coach Adjunct Faculty Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Department Chairperson
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Facilitator Program Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Department Chairperson Vice Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Facilitator Program Coordinator Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Principal Elementary School Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Associate Professor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
First Grade Teacher Computer Teacher Business Education Teacher
High School Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Guidance Counselor Vice Principal School Principal
Secondary School Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Professor Associate Dean
Instruction Dean
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Math Teacher 4.2 years
Science Teacher 4.0 years
Biology Teacher 3.5 years
Chemistry Teacher 3.2 years
Science Instructor 3.2 years
Geometry Teacher 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Science Teacher
Teacher 17.6%
Internship 5.7%
Tutor 4.6%
Instructor 3.9%
Volunteer 3.4%
Top Careers After Science Teacher
Teacher 18.8%
Instructor 5.6%
Principal 4.4%
Tutor 4.0%
Volunteer 3.0%
Educator 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$53,000
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$33,000
Min 10%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
California Institute of the Arts
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Science Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Science Teacher in the United States is $53,811 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $85,000.

Real Science Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Science Teacher Magnolia Educational & Research Foundation CA Apr 10, 2016 $91,157
Science Teacher Trenton Board of Education Trenton, NJ Sep 04, 2015 $91,000
Science Teacher Soo Space, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 06, 2015 $89,780
French Science Teacher The French Japanese Educational Institute of New Y New York, NY Feb 22, 2016 $89,090
General Science Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jan 15, 2016 $85,700
Science Teacher Anne Arundel County Public Schools Annapolis, MD Oct 07, 2016 $82,870
Science Teacher Elite Academy, Inc. D/B/A Elite Academy Centreville, VA Jun 14, 2016 $82,720
Science Teacher Cornerstone Academy, Inc. D/B/A Cornerstone Academy Burke, VA Mar 26, 2015 $82,570
Science Teacher The Village Academy of Washington, Dc, LLC Capitol Heights, MD Jan 10, 2015 $81,910
General Science Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jan 25, 2016 $81,536
Science Teacher Anne Arundel County Public Schools MD Nov 22, 2015 $81,245
Science Teacher Anne Arundel County Public Schools Annapolis, MD Oct 08, 2016 $79,671
Head Science Teacher Magnolia Educational & Research Foundation Los Angeles, CA Dec 09, 2016 $77,630
Science Teacher Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $76,938
ESL Science Teacher Garland Independent School District Garland, TX Feb 16, 2016 $49,970
Science Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $49,908
Science Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $49,908
Science Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY May 01, 2015 $49,908
Secondary Science Teacher Beaumont Independent School District Beaumont, TX Aug 01, 2015 $49,793
Secondary Science Teacher Donna Independent School District Donna, TX Oct 01, 2015 $43,780
Science Teacher Archmere Academy, Inc. Claymont, DE Aug 28, 2015 $43,764
Science Teacher Harmony Science Academy-Dallas Dallas, TX Jan 07, 2016 $43,750
Science Teacher Harmony School of Nature & Athletics Dallas, TX Aug 03, 2015 $43,750
Science Teacher Harmony School of Business Dallas, TX Oct 09, 2016 $43,750
Science Teacher Harmony School of Innovation-Garland Garland, TX Aug 03, 2015 $43,750
Science Teacher Harmony School of Business Dallas, TX Aug 03, 2015 $43,750
Science Teacher Harmony Science Academy-Carrollton Carrollton, TX Oct 09, 2016 $43,750

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Top Skills for A Science Teacher

  1. Science Curriculum
  2. Biology
  3. Classroom Management
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  • Developed and implemented a hands-on inquiry based science curriculum that helped children consistently reach and achieve academic success.
  • Designed curriculum and taught courses in Biology, Zoology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and courses Natural History, Physical
  • Demonstrated expertise in classroom management, student relations, diverse lesson planning and learning retention
  • Developed innovative educational lesson plans aligned with district curriculum while encouraging students to investigate the natural world.
  • Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Biology, Botany

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Top 10 Best States for Science Teachers

  1. Connecticut
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Minnesota
  4. Alaska
  5. California
  6. Washington
  7. Michigan
  8. New Jersey
  9. Iowa
  10. Illinois
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Science Teacher Resume Examples And Tips

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Science Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

54.1%

Male

36.7%

Unknown

9.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

French

11.1%

Arabic

4.4%

German

4.3%

Hindi

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%

Chinese

3.1%

Italian

2.7%

Portuguese

2.7%

Japanese

2.5%

Urdu

2.1%

Russian

1.6%

Greek

0.9%

Swahili

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Nepali

0.7%

Turkish

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%

Dakota

0.6%

Swedish

0.4%
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Science Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.4%

Texas A&M University

8.9%

Walden University

8.3%

Nova Southeastern University

6.4%

Grand Canyon University

5.5%

University of South Florida

5.1%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Wayne State University

4.2%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

University of Houston

3.9%

University of North Texas

3.9%

Lamar University

3.7%

University of Florida

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

Mississippi State University

3.7%

Florida State University

3.6%

Western Governors University

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

Florida Atlantic University

3.4%
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Majors

Biology

15.9%

Education

15.2%

Elementary Education

13.3%

Educational Leadership

8.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

8.8%

Secondary Education And Teaching

5.0%

Chemistry

4.7%

Business

3.6%

Curriculum And Instruction

3.3%

Nursing

2.9%

Environmental Science

2.7%

Special Education

2.7%

Geology

2.6%

Psychology

1.7%

Educational Technology

1.6%

School Counseling

1.5%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.4%

Physics

1.4%

Public Health

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

43.2%

Bachelors

30.8%

Other

12.8%

Doctorate

5.7%

Certificate

4.6%

Associate

1.7%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.4%
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