Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC: 25-1042.00

Description:

Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
64,300 employed

Projected (2024):
74,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Algology Teacher
  • Anatomy and Physiology Instructor
  • Anatomy Professor
  • Apiculture Teacher
  • Applied Biology Professor
  • Arboriculture Teacher
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Assistant Professor of Life Sciences
  • Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of Biology
  • Bacteriology Professor
  • Bacteriology Teacher
  • Basic Sciences Professor
  • Biochemistry Professor
  • Biochemistry Teacher
  • Biological Sciences Instructor
  • Biological Sciences Professor
  • Biology Department Chair
  • Biology Faculty Member
  • Biology Instructor
  • Biology Lecturer
  • Biology Professor
  • Biology Teacher
  • Biophysics Professor
  • Biophysics Teacher
  • Botany Professor
  • Botany Teacher
  • Cardiology Teacher
  • Chemistry Professor
  • College or University Faculty Member
  • College Professor
  • Cytology Teacher
  • Ecology Teacher
  • Embryology Professor
  • Embryology Teacher
  • Endocrinology Teacher
  • Entomology Teacher
  • Environmental Science Professor
  • Etiology Teacher
  • Faculty Member
  • Genetics Teacher
  • Helminthology Teacher
  • Herpetology Teacher
  • Human Anatomy Teacher
  • Ichthyology Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Lab Coordinator
  • Lab Instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Life Sciences Instructor
  • Life Sciences Teacher
  • Limnology Teacher
  • Mammalogy Teacher
  • Math and Science Instructor
  • Microbiology Instructor
  • Microbiology Professor
  • Microbiology Teacher
  • Morphology Teacher
  • Mycology Teacher
  • Natural Sciences Department Chair
  • Nematology Teacher
  • Ornithology Teacher
  • Osteology Teacher
  • Parasitology Teacher
  • Physical and Life Sciences Department Chair
  • Phytopathology Teacher
  • Plant Anatomy Teacher
  • Plant Physiology Teacher
  • Plant Taxonomy Teacher
  • Professor
  • Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Professor of Biology
  • Professor of Practice
  • Protozoology Teacher
  • Research Professor
  • Science Faculty Member
  • Science Instructor
  • Science Professor
  • Taxonomy Teacher
  • Zoology Professor
  • Zoology Teacher


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Anaerobic growth chambers
  • Benchtop ultracentrifuges
  • Carbon dioxide analysis equipment
  • Carousel slide projectors
  • Chemiluminescence imaging systems
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Conference telephones
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital calculators
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Electrophoresis equipment
  • Environmental growth chambers
  • Field emission scanning electron microscopes
  • Fluorescence microscopes
  • Handheld microphones
  • Interactive whiteboard controllers
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser scanning microscopes
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
  • Low temperature freezers
  • Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization MALDI mass spectrometers
  • Microphone podiums
  • MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Opaque projectors
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Oxygen test meters
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Poster printers
  • Projector screens
  • Student response systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Television monitors
  • Thermocyclers
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Webcams
  • Wireless learning calculator systems
  • Wireless microphones
  • Aipotu
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Course management system software
  • Data entry software
  • Desire2Learn
  • DOC Cop
  • Email software
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Google Docs
  • Graphics creation software
  • Image analysis software
  • Image scanning software
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • Learning management system LMS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Modeling software
  • Moodle
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • PLOS Computational Biology
  • Sakai CLE
  • SAS software
  • Sound pressure analysis equipment
  • Spreadsheet software
  • SPSS software
  • Statistical software
  • The Gene Explorer
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • The Mathworks SimBiology
  • The Protein Investigator
  • The Virtual Genetics Lab
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software


  • education training and library


    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000