Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers

Education & Training > Teaching/Training

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Teach courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include instruction in the methods of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Common job titles of Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers include:

Experience and Education

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.

  • 35.27% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 31.37% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.


    Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

    Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

    Establish, teach, and monitor students' compliance with safety rules for handling chemicals, equipment, and other hazardous materials.

    Perform administrative duties, such as serving as a department head.

    Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

    Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

    Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

    Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

    Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

    Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory performance, assignments, and papers.

    Supervise students' laboratory work.

    Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and chemical separation.

    Clean laboratory facilities.

    Serve on committees or in professional societies.

    Participate in campus and community events.

    Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

    Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

    Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

    Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

    Write letters of recommendation for students.

    Select, order, and maintain materials and supplies for teaching and research, such as textbooks, chemicals, and laboratory equipment.

    Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

    Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

    Prepare and submit required reports related to instruction.

    Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

    Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

    Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.

    Act as advisers to student organizations.


X ray fluorescence XRF analyzers

X ray diffractometers

Wireless microphones


Videoconferencing equipment

Vacuum concentrators

Ultrasonic cleaners

All Tools

Tube furnaces

Total sulfur analyzers

Thermogravimetric analyzers


Television monitors

Tablet computers

Student response systems



Solvent purification systems

Solvent extraction systems

Scanning monochromators

Recording calorimeters

Projector screens

Poster printers

Polymerase chain reaction PCR thermocyclers

Polarized light microscopes

Photocopying equipment

Oxygen electrodes

Overhead data projectors

Opaque projectors

Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers

Nitrogen lasers

Multimedia projection equipment

Multi-line telephone systems

MP3 digital voice recorders

Microplate shakers

Microphone podiums


Microarray spotting systems

Mass spectrometers

Magnetic particle processors


Luminometer plate readers

Luminescence spectrophotometers

Liquid crystal display LCD televisions

Liquid crystal display LCD projectors

Laser systems

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Laboratory glove boxes

Laboratory benchtop centrifuges

Interactive whiteboards

Interactive whiteboard controllers

High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment

Helium cryostats

Handheld microphones

Gel drying systems

Gas chromatograph mass spectrometers GC-MS

Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers

Flame ionization detectors

Electron capture detectors ECD

Drop plates

Digital video disk DVD players

Digital video cameras

Digital storage oscilloscopes

Digital calculators

Differential scanning calorimeters

Desktop computers

Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA synthesizers

Crystallization plates



Conference telephones

Computer laser printers

Computer data input scanners

Compact disk CD players

Compact digital cameras

Cold rooms

Chemiluminescence analyzers

Carousel slide projectors

Capillary electrophoresis systems

Benchtop ultracentrifuges

Benchtop orbital shakers

Benchtop muffle furnaces

Automated polarimeters

Atomic emission spectroscopes

Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers



Blackboard Learn

Calendar and scheduling software


Collaborative editing software



All Technologies


Image scanning software

Learning management system LMS


PerkinElmer ChemOffice Chem3D

PerkinElmer ChemOffice ChemDraw

PerkinElmer ChemOffice Suite

Sakai CLE

Wavefunction Spartan


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

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Occupation Sections



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.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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.


Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.


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.

Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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