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Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach 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. 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

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

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    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.

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 79860/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 820
    • Yearly Projected Openings 70

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    Personality

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

    Tools

    • Microphones
    • Mass spectrometers
    • Lasers
    • Laboratory dishes
    • Calorimeters

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Computer based training software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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