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Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.   (O'Net 25-1042.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Adjunct Instructor, Algology Teacher, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor, Anatomy Professor, Apiculture Teacher, Applied Biology Professor   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $34,850   $39,180   $46,980   $68,270   $99,070   $60,090  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $34,260   $37,610   $44,080   $52,030   $91,180   $54,100  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $42,310   $52,920   $76,040   $100,430   $150,880   $88,370  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $34,540   $38,280   $44,130   $49,880   $64,860   $46,450  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
    n/a - For some occupations that do not generally work full time year-round, only hourly wages or annual salaries are reported depending on how they are typically paid.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 174 189 0.8% 5
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Educational services; state, local, and private 96.9%
    Scientific research and development services 0.7%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 0.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as molecular biology, marine biology, and botany.
     
  • Prepare materials for laboratory activities and course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
     
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
     
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
     
  • Supervise students' laboratory work.
     
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
     
  • Assist students who need extra help with their coursework outside of class.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
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  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • 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).
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Schools
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    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
     
    • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other.
     
    • Biochemistry.
     
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
     
    • Biology Teacher Education.
     
    • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
     
    • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other.
     
    • Biometry/Biometrics.
     
    • Biophysics.
     
    • Biotechnology.
     
    • Botany/Plant Biology, Other.
     
    • Botany/Plant Biology.
     
    • Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other.
     
    • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology.
     
    • Computational Biology. (NEW)
     
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. (NEW)
     
    • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other.
     
    • Ecology.
     
    • Entomology.
     
    • Evolutionary Biology.
     
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    • Immunology.
     
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.
     
    • Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other.
     
    • Microbiology and Immunology. (NEW)
     
    • Microbiology, General.
     
    • Molecular Biology.
     
    • Molecular Genetics.
     
    • Molecular Medicine. (NEW)
     
    • Neuroanatomy.
     
    • Neurobiology and Anatomy.
     
    • Neurobiology and Behavior. (NEW)
     
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other. (NEW)
     
    • Neuroscience.
     
    • Nutrition Sciences.
     
    • Parasitology.
     
    • Pathology/Experimental Pathology.
     
    • Pharmacology.
     
    • Plant Genetics.
     
    • Plant Pathology/Phytopathology.
     
    • Plant Physiology.
     
    • Radiation Biology/Radiobiology.
     
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    • Virology.
     
    • Zoology/Animal Biology, Other.
     
    • Zoology/Animal Biology.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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