Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC: 25-1054.00

Description:

Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. 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):
17,700 employed

Projected (2024):
20,400 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:

  • Acoustics Teacher
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Aerodynamics Professor
  • Aerodynamics Teacher
  • Applied Marine Physics Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of Physics
  • Astronomy Instructor
  • Astronomy Professor
  • Astronomy Teacher
  • Astrophysics Professor
  • Astrophysics Teacher
  • Atomic Physics Professor
  • Atomic Physics Teacher
  • Ballistics Professor
  • Ballistics Teacher
  • College or University Faculty Member
  • College Physics Instructor
  • College Professor
  • Hydrodynamics Professor
  • Hydrodynamics Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Math and Physics Instructor
  • Math and Sciences Department Chair
  • Math Instructor
  • Mathematics Professor
  • Medical Physics Professor
  • Medical Physics Teacher
  • Nuclear Instructor
  • Nuclear Physics Professor
  • Nuclear Physics Teacher
  • Physical Optics Teacher
  • Physical Science Professor
  • Physical Sciences Instructor
  • Physics Department Chair
  • Physics Faculty Member
  • Physics Instructor
  • Physics Professor
  • Professor
  • Professor of Astronomy
  • Professor of Physics
  • Science Instructor
  • Science Professor
  • Teacher
  • Theoretical Physics Teacher
  • Thermodynamics Professor
  • Thermodynamics 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
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • 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
  • 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
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as quantum mechanics, particle physics, and optics.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Supervise students' laboratory work.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • 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.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • 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.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Maintain and repair laboratory equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Analytical ultracentrifuges
  • Carousel slide projectors
  • Circular dichroism CD spectrometers
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Concave mirrors
  • Conference telephones
  • Convex mirrors
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital calculators
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Far infrared FIR lasers
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Handheld microphones
  • Holography equipment
  • Interactive whiteboard controllers
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser systems
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
  • Microcalorimeters
  • Microphone podiums
  • MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Non linear effects equipment
  • Nuclear counting equipment
  • Opaque projectors
  • Optically pumped molecular lasers
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Poster printers
  • Projector screens
  • Stopped-flow fluorimeters
  • Student response systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Television monitors
  • Video projectors
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Webcams
  • Wireless microphones
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • C
  • C++
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Course management system software
  • Data entry software
  • Desire2Learn
  • DOC Cop
  • Email software
  • FFTPACK
  • FFTW
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • Geant4
  • GIPSY-OASIS
  • GNU Octave
  • Gnuplot
  • Google Docs
  • Gravitation software
  • Image scanning software
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • LAPACK
  • LaTeX
  • Learning management system LMS software
  • Maplesoft Maple
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • OriginLab Origin
  • Pascal
  • plotutils
  • PLplot
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Sakai CLE
  • Synergy Software KaleidaGraph
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • VASP Data Viewer
  • Visual Molecular Dynamics VMD
  • 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