What does a Science Teacher do?

Science teachers teach students in grades 9 through 12 specific scientific subjects including biology, physics, chemistry, or astronomy. They plan the curriculum for their classes, and deliver it to their students, tailoring their lessons to their age groups and abilities. They evaluate and mentor students by grading homework and tests and assessing projects to know where a student stands. When needed, they will mentor students to excel in their schooling and work closely with students interested in science to discover the appropriate educational path.

Science teachers collaborate with other teachers and parents to support students’ positive progress in parent-teacher conferences and school staff meetings. They provide instruction about any lab equipment safety when applicable and assist students who struggle with the subject to find proper help, including a tutor. Science teachers need at least a bachelor's degree in science and a state teaching certificate.

What responsibilities are common for Science Teacher jobs?
  • Maintain a positive, accepting attitude in working with students.
  • Cooperate with and support the co-curricular activities provided for students.
  • Analyze student performance data and develop a plain for student success.
  • Instruct students in school safety and emergency drill procedures.
  • Consult with internal and external stakeholders as subject matter expert in chemistry, process, and properties.
  • Use project management tools to create and track project costs and resources.
  • Assess grades for students based on participation, performance in class, assignments, and examinations.
  • Provide science instruction to students that need additional support.
  • Partner cross-functionally in the scientific planning and execution of collaborative projects to support both ongoing and novel microbiome programs.
  • Perform other appropriate duties as assigned by the principal.
  • Encourage innovation and intellectual property (IP) development and capture IP value through patent process with legal support.
  • Promote safety and ensure compliance to internal and external ethics, regulatory, health, safety and environmental policies.
  • Cooperate with school personnel in providing for student welfare.
  • Prepare, maintain, and submit all required documentation and administrative reports in a timely manner.
  • Challenge students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities.
  • Work closely with key leaders in partner functions to ensure project goals are met.
What are the typical qualifications for Science Teacher jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in science and education and certification to teach science.
  • Experience with R language and C software and systems.
  • Can work with both professionalism and humor.
  • Demonstrated leadership and critical thinking skills with an eye on continuous improvement.
  • Experience with frameworks, statistics, calculus, and geometry and their application in daily use.
  • Experience with computing.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist student body in problem-solving exercises with a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated time management skills and ability to prioritize tasks and events.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Science Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$79,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$70K
Median: $79K
$90K
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Science Teacher Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
13%
2 - 4
55%
5 - 7
5%
8+
27%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Science Teacher Insights

Read what Science Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Ardent Academy for Gifted YouthArdent Academy for Gifted Youth
Science Instructor
13 Aug 2020

“Ardent was very accommodating with my schedule and gave me opportunities to continue advancing and growing.”

The Gunston School
Science Teacher
29 Sept 2021

“Salary compensation does not feel equal/adequate based on time spent outside of school on classes and/or extracurricular expectations.”

York County School of TechnologyYork County School of Technology
Science Teacher
17 Aug 2020

“Great place to work and friendly”

Forest Hills Public SchoolsForest Hills Public Schools
Science Teacher
9 Aug 2020

“Students are amazing and fun to work with.”

EMG EducationEMG Education
Math and Science Teacher
8 Jun 2020

“If you wanted copies you had to subimit it to two people and you could not just make copies yourself.”

Pacific PreparatoryPacific Preparatory
Math and Science Teacher
6 Apr 2022

“Pacific Preparatory truly supports their teachers and provides them with resources to teach each student at a top notch level.”

Dirección General de EscuelasDirección General de Escuelas
Science Teacher
20 May 2022

“teaching is fun and helps people”

Austin ISDAustin ISD
Science Teacher
17 Nov 2021

“Difficult to lose your job since you are allowed a growth year if you don't do well one year.”

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