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Career Profile: Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 7,100 people employed as environmental science teachers, postsecondary in the United States. The median annual salary is $84,700. Entry level employees earn approximately $42,830 per year and senior employees earn approximately $159,640 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Review papers or serve on editorial boards for scientific journals, and review grant proposals for various agencies.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Supervise students' laboratory and field work.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • 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.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as hazardous waste management, industrial safety, and environmental toxicology.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
  • Write letters of recommendation for students.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
7,100
Annual Openings:
700
Increase in Openings by 2030:
7%
Annual Salary Range:
$42,830 - $159,640
Education Requirements:
Master's degree or higher