Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

What do they do?

Teach courses in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Also known as:

Adjunct Instructor, Adjunct Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Astronomy Professor, Atmospheric Sciences Professor, Earth Science Professor, Geology Professor, Geophysics Professor, Instructor, Lecturer, Meteorology Professor, Oceanic Sciences Professor, Oceanography Professor, Physical Sciences Instructor, Professor, Research Professor

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 13.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #12 in job growth rate
  • 30

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #10 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (43.8%)
  • Master's degree (33.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (16.4%)
  • Associate's degree (2.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (2.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (1.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.5%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Maintain student records.
  • Teach physical science or mathematics courses at the college level.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Supervise laboratory work.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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