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.
- Thermodynamics Teacher
- Thermodynamics Professor
- Theoretical Physics Teacher
- Science Professor
- Science Instructor
- Professor of Physics
- Professor of Astronomy
- Physics Professor
- Participate in campus and community events.
- Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
- Maintain and repair laboratory equipment.
- Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
- Supervise students' laboratory work.
- Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
- Act as advisers to student organizations.
- Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
- Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
- Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SI.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Working Conditions and Recognition in their jobs.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
- Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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).
In 2014, the average annual wage in United States was $90,500 with most people making between $43,780 and $150,360
During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 17,400 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 19,800 employed in 2022.
This occupation will have about 240 openings due to growth and about 260 replacement openings for approximately 500 total annual openings.
Industry breakdown is not available for this occupation
majorPhysics Teacher Education
collegeUniversity of California-Los Angeles
collegeCalifornia State University-Los Angeles
onetDietitians and Nutritionists
collegeUniversity of California-Merced
majorTheoretical and Mathematical Physics