Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC: 25-1052.00


Teach courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include 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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
26,600 employed

Projected (2024):
30,700 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
  • Analytical Chemistry Teacher
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Chemical Educator
  • Chemistry Department Chair
  • Chemistry Faculty Member
  • Chemistry Instructor
  • Chemistry Lab Instructor
  • Chemistry Lecturer
  • Chemistry Professor
  • College or University Faculty Member
  • College Professor
  • Food Technology Teacher
  • Industrial Chemistry Teacher
  • Inorganic Chemistry Professor
  • Inorganic Chemistry Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Math and Science Division Chair
  • Natural Sciences Professor
  • Organic Chemistry Professor
  • Organic Chemistry Teacher
  • Pharmacognosy Teacher
  • Physical Chemistry Professor
  • Physical Chemistry Teacher
  • Phytochemistry Professor
  • Professor
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Science Instructor
  • Science Professor
  • Sciences Dean

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers
  • Atomic emission spectroscopes
  • Automated polarimeters
  • Benchtop muffle furnaces
  • Benchtop orbital shakers
  • Benchtop ultracentrifuges
  • Capillary electrophoresis systems
  • Carousel slide projectors
  • Chemiluminescence analyzers
  • Cold rooms
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Conference telephones
  • Cryoloops
  • Cryopumps
  • Crystallization plates
  • Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA synthesizers
  • Desktop computers
  • Differential scanning calorimeters
  • Digital calculators
  • Digital storage oscilloscopes
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Drop plates
  • Electron capture detectors ECD
  • Flame ionization detectors
  • Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers
  • Gas chromatograph mass spectrometers GC-MS
  • Gel drying systems
  • Handheld microphones
  • Helium cryostats
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment
  • Interactive whiteboard controllers
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laboratory benchtop centrifuges
  • Laboratory glove boxes
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser systems
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
  • Luminescence spectrophotometers
  • Luminometer plate readers
  • Luminometers
  • Magnetic particle processors
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Microarray spotting systems
  • Microcentrifuges
  • Microphone podiums
  • Microplate shakers
  • MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Nitrogen lasers
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
  • Opaque projectors
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Oxygen electrodes
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Polarized light microscopes
  • Polymerase chain reaction PCR thermocyclers
  • Poster printers
  • Projector screens
  • Recording calorimeters
  • Scanning monochromators
  • Solvent extraction systems
  • Solvent purification systems
  • Spectrofluorimeters
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Student response systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Television monitors
  • Thermocyclers
  • Thermogravimetric analyzers
  • Total sulfur analyzers
  • Tube furnaces
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Vacuum concentrators
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Webcams
  • Wireless microphones
  • X ray diffractometers
  • X ray fluorescence XRF analyzers
  • Auto3DEM
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • CCP4
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Course management system software
  • Data entry software
  • Desire2Learn
  • DOC Cop
  • Email software
  • Google Docs
  • IHRSR++
  • Image scanning software
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • Learning management system LMS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Mosflm
  • OriginLab Origin
  • PerkinElmer ChemOffice Chem3D
  • PerkinElmer ChemOffice ChemDraw
  • PerkinElmer ChemOffice Suite
  • Sakai CLE
  • Wavefunction Spartan software
  • Web browser software

  • education training and library

    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000