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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

  • $62,000

    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
Assistant Principal Adjunct Professor Attorney
Adjunct Professor Of Law
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Assistant Director General Manager
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Coach Physical Education Teacher
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Chairperson
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Director Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Coordinator Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Assistant Professor Chairperson
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
6 Yearsyrs
Facilitator Quality Manager Director Of Quality
Chief Program Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Facilitator Educator Outreach Coordinator
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Instructor Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Science Instructor Instructor Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
High School Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Coach Assistant Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Educator Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Educator Program Manager Assistant Director
Owner/Director
7 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Program Coordinator Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Math Teacher Assistant Principal
Secondary School Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Educator Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Science Teacher 4.0 years
Math Teacher 3.9 years
Biology Teacher 3.4 years
Physics Teacher 3.0 years
Chemistry Teacher 3.0 years
Science Instructor 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Science Teacher
Teacher 17.0%
Internship 5.7%
Tutor 4.4%
Instructor 4.0%
Volunteer 3.6%
Top Careers After Science Teacher
Teacher 17.7%
Instructor 5.4%
Principal 4.3%
Tutor 3.5%
Volunteer 3.2%
Educator 3.0%

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Science Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

57.9%

Male

39.7%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.8%

French

11.5%

German

4.8%

Arabic

4.0%

Hindi

3.4%

Mandarin

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Chinese

3.1%

Japanese

2.7%

Urdu

2.5%

Portuguese

2.3%

Russian

1.7%

Swahili

1.0%

Turkish

0.8%

Nepali

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Korean

0.6%

Cantonese

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%
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Science Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.3%

Texas A&M University

9.3%

Walden University

7.2%

Grand Canyon University

6.3%

Nova Southeastern University

5.9%

University of South Florida

4.5%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Lamar University

4.5%

Mississippi State University

4.5%

Wayne State University

4.0%

University of North Texas

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

Tarleton State University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.8%

Florida State University

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

Northern Arizona University

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

University of Texas at Austin

3.4%
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Majors

Biology

16.2%

Education

14.7%

Elementary Education

13.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

8.8%

Educational Leadership

8.3%

Secondary Education And Teaching

5.0%

Chemistry

4.9%

Curriculum And Instruction

3.7%

Business

3.7%

Nursing

3.1%

Environmental Science

2.9%

Special Education

2.8%

Geology

2.7%

Educational Technology

1.6%

School Counseling

1.5%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.5%

Physics

1.5%

Public Health

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Kinesiology

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

44.1%

Bachelors

29.1%

Other

13.6%

Doctorate

5.9%

Certificate

4.6%

Associate

1.7%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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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-Carrollton Carrollton, TX Sep 20, 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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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Science Teacher

Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
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The national average salary for a Science Teacher in the United States is $62,089 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $89,000.

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Top Skills for A Science Teacher

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Undergraduate Courses
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and delivered effective peer training on classroom management, curriculum development, and technology based laboratory learning.
  • 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.
  • Engaged students in lessons that taught chemistry and physics through the lens of modern environmental issues.
  • Collaborated with colleagues and administrators in Professional Learning Communities to develop and apply new methods for enabling student learning.

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  4. Alaska
  5. California
  6. Washington
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