Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC: 25-1051.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
13,200 employed

Projected (2024):
14,300 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 Faculty
  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of Geology
  • Astronomy Professor
  • Atmospheric Physics Professor
  • Atmospheric Sciences Professor
  • Climatology Professor
  • Climatology Teacher
  • College or University Faculty Member
  • College Professor
  • Crystallography Teacher
  • Dean
  • Department Chair
  • Earth Science Faculty Member
  • Earth Science Professor
  • Earth Science Teacher
  • Earth Sciences Professor
  • Ecosystem Ecology Professor
  • Geochemistry Teacher
  • Geodesy Teacher
  • Geological Science Teacher
  • Geology Professor
  • Geology Scientist
  • Geology Teacher
  • Geomorphology Teacher
  • Geophysics Professor
  • Geophysics Teacher
  • Geoscience Professor
  • Geosciences Associate Professor
  • Geosciences Faculty Member
  • Hydrography Teacher
  • Hydrology Teacher
  • Hydrometeorology Teacher
  • Imaging Science Professor
  • Instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Meteorology Faculty Member
  • Meteorology Instructor
  • Meteorology Professor
  • Meteorology Teacher
  • Mineral Industry Teacher
  • Mineralogy Professor
  • Mineralogy Teacher
  • Oceanic Sciences Professor
  • Oceanography Professor
  • Oceanography Teacher
  • Oceanology Teacher
  • Paleontology Teacher
  • Petrography Teacher
  • Petrology Teacher
  • Professor
  • Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Professor of Oceanography
  • Research Professor
  • Research Scientist
  • Seismology Teacher
  • Space Studies Faculty Member
  • Stratigraphy Teacher
  • Volcanology Professor
  • Volcanology Teacher

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    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.


    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
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • 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
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as structural geology, micrometeorology, and atmospheric thermodynamics.
  • Supervise laboratory work and field work.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
  • 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.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Purchase and maintain equipment to support research projects.
  • Review papers or serve on editorial boards for scientific journals, and review grant proposals for federal agencies.
  • Answer questions from the public and media.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Carousel slide projectors
  • 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
  • Field emission scanning electron microscopes
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Handheld microphones
  • Interactive whiteboard controllers
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser surveying equipment
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
  • Magnifying glasses
  • MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Opaque projectors
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Pocket transit compasses
  • Polarized light microscopes
  • Portable microphone podiums
  • Portable smart boards
  • Poster printers
  • Projector screens
  • Rock hammers
  • Seismographs
  • Stable isotope mass spectrometers
  • Student response systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Television monitors
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Webcams
  • Wireless microphones
  • X ray diffractometers
  • ACD Systems Canvas
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • ANSYS Fluent
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • CGG Hampson-Russell software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Course management system software
  • Data entry software
  • Desire2Learn
  • DOC Cop
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcInfo
  • GeoCenter SeisUP
  • Geosoft Oasis montaj
  • Golden Software Voxler
  • Google Docs
  • Hydesoft Computing DPlot
  • IHS Kingdom software
  • IHS Petra
  • Ikon Science RokDoc
  • Image scanning software
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • ITT Exelis Visual Information Solutions ENVI
  • Landmark GeoProbe software
  • Learning management system LMS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Midland Valley Move software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • OpendTect
  • Platte River Associates BasinMod
  • Quality Positioning Services Fledermaus
  • Sakai CLE
  • Schlumberger Petrel software
  • Synergy Software KaleidaGraph
  • Tecplot software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Thomson EndNote
  • WaveMetrics IGOR Pro
  • Web browser software
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica

  • education training and library

    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000