Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

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What do they do?

Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. 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, Instructor, Lecturer, Physical Science Professor, Physics Instructor, Physics Lecturer, Physics Professor, Professor, Science Instructor, Science Professor, Teacher

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Physics Teachers, Postsecondary is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 2.4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #19 in job growth rate
  • 40

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (43.9%)
  • Master's degree (32.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (16.5%)
  • Associate's degree (2.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (2.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (1.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.5%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • 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.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • 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:

  • Evaluate student work.
  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Teach physical science or mathematics courses at the college level.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
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Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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