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Post-secondary Chemistry Teacher

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Doctoral degree

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What They Do

Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Career Video

About This Career

Teaches courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include providing instruction in the methods of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. May combine teaching and research.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and chemical separation.
  • Establishes, teaches, and monitors students' compliance with safety rules for handling chemicals, equipment, and other hazardous materials.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, laboratory performance, assignments, and papers.
  • Supervises students' laboratory work.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Supervises undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Compiles, administers, and grades examinations, or assigns this work to others.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Plans, evaluates, and revises curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • Maintains regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Chemistry Faculty Member
  • Chemistry Instructor
  • Chemistry Professor
  • Instructor
  • Professor
  • Biochemistry Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Organic Chemistry Professor


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