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Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
    • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
    • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
    • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as quantum mechanics, particle physics, and optics.
    • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
    • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
    • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
    • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
    • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
    • Supervise students' laboratory work.
    • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
    • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
    • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
    • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
    • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
    • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
    • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
    • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
    • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
    • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
    • Participate in campus and community events.
    • Act as advisers to student organizations.
    • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

    Skills

    • Instructing

      Teaching others how to do something.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 90400/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 550
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Attention to Detail
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Televisions
    • Portable data input terminals
    • Parabolic mirrors
    • Microphones
    • Lasers

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Development environment software
    • Computer based training software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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