Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC: 25-1064.00

Description:

Teach courses in geography. 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):
5,400 employed

Projected (2024):
5,900 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:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Geography
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Cartography Professor
  • Cartography Teacher
  • College or University Faculty Member
  • College Professor
  • Environmental Geology Laboratory Instructor
  • Geographic Information Systems Faculty Member (GIS Faculty Member)
  • Geographic Information Systems Professor
  • Geography Department Chair
  • Geography Faculty Member
  • Geography Head
  • Geography Instructor
  • Geography Professor
  • Geology Faculty Member
  • Geology Instructor
  • Geology Professor
  • Geomatics Professor
  • GIS Instructor (Geographic Information Systems Instructor)
  • GIS Professor
  • Global Studies and Cultural Geography Faculty Member
  • History Professor
  • Human Geography Faculty Member
  • Human Geography Instructor
  • Instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Petroleum Geology Faculty Member
  • Professor
  • Professor of Geography
  • Social Science Professor


  • 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
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • 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
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • 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 urbanization, environmental systems, and cultural geography.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • 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.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Supervise students' laboratory and field work.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Maintain geographic information systems laboratories, performing duties such as updating software.
  • Perform spatial analysis and modeling using geographic information system techniques.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Carousel slide projectors
  • Cathode ray tube CRT projectors
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Computer projectors
  • Conference telephones
  • Data loggers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital calculators
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Digitizers
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Ground conductivity meters
  • Handheld metal detectors
  • Handheld microphones
  • Interactive whiteboard controllers
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser distance measuring devices
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
  • Magnetic susceptibility meters
  • Microphone podiums
  • MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Opaque projectors
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Plotting printers
  • Portable meteorological stations
  • Poster printers
  • Power coring devices
  • Projector screens
  • Student response systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Television monitors
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Webcams
  • Wireless microphones
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Reader
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Caliper Maptitude
  • Clark Labs CartaLinx
  • Clark Labs IDRISI software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Course management system software
  • Data entry software
  • Desire2Learn
  • DOC Cop
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • ESRI ArcView 3D Analyst
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Geographic resources analysis support system GRASS* software
  • Google Docs
  • HEC-RAS
  • Image scanning software
  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • Interface definition language IDL
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • ITT Exelis Visual Information Solutions ENVI
  • Learning management system LMS software
  • Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Sakai CLE
  • SPSS software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Web browser software


  • education training and library


    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000