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BIOLOGY PROFESSOR: If Not Teaching, He's Working On Research

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George, a Biology Professor at California State University San Marcos, teaches classes, supervises students in his lab, conducts research and writes papers. He discovered his passion for environmental science during college as an undergrad and decided he wanted to become a faculty member at a university. He had a rude awakening when he discovered that being a researcher and a university professor meant he had to work cooperatively with other people.

Degree: Ecology
Job Title: Biology Professor
Employer: California State University San Marcos

Job Summary: Postsecondary Teachers

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Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

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Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. Instead, schools may seek workers who have experience or certification in the field they wish to teach.

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$30,000 - $130,000
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Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills, Creativity, Leadership ability, People skills, Public speaking ability

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m='11140'>working</span> <span m='11370'>in</span> <span m='11430'>my</span> <span m='11530'>lab.</span> </p><p><span m='11990'>And</span> <span m='12120'>so</span> <span m='13460'>I</span> <span m='13760'>usually</span> <span m='14150'>get</span> <span m='14400'>into</span> <span m='14700'>the</span> <span m='15000'>university</span> <span m='15670'>around</span> <span m='16059'>maybe</span> <span m='16260'>9</span> <span m='16460'>o'clock</span> <span m='16750'>in</span> <span m='16820'>the</span> <span m='16880'>morning.</span> <span m='17500'>If</span> <span m='17780'>I</span> <span m='17880'>have</span> <span m='18050'>classes</span> <span m='18420'>that</span> <span m='18600'>day,</span> <span m='18720'>I</span> <span m='19180'>prepare</span> <span m='19550'>for</span> <span m='19660'>my</span> <span m='19760'>classes.</span> <span m='20750'>I</span> <span m='20860'>work</span> <span m='21050'>with</span> <span m='21190'>my</span> <span m='21260'>students</span> <span m='21660'>who are</span> <span m='21840'>in</span> <span m='21910'>my</span> <span m='22030'>lab,</span> <span m='22390'>giving</span> <span m='22540'>them</span> <span m='22650'>some</span> <span m='22840'>advice.</span> <span m='23690'>Try</span> <span m='23820'>to</span> <span m='23900'>guide</span> <span m='24230'>them</span> <span m='24380'>into</span> <span m='24470'>what</span> <span m='24630'>they're</span> <span m='24720'>doing</span> <span m='24990'>in</span> <span m='27260'>their</span> <span m='27370'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='28990'>I</span> <span m='29280'>work</span> <span m='29580'>with</span> <span m='29770'>data.</span> <span m='30340'>I</span> <span m='30560'>write</span> <span m='30890'>papers.</span> <span m='32170'>And</span> <span m='32409'>so</span> <span m='33010'>basically,</span> <span m='33430'>if</span> <span m='33590'>I'm</span> <span m='33690'>not</span> <span m='34310'>in</span> <span m='34430'>the</span> <span m='34510'>classroom,</span> <span m='34830'>I'm</span> <span m='35150'>either</span> <span m='35700'>preparing</span> <span m='36240'>for</span> <span m='36330'>the</span> <span m='36420'>classroom</span> <span m='37400'>or</span> <span m='37800'>I'm</span> <span m='38200'>working</span> <span m='38440'>on</span> <span m='38500'>my</span> <span m='38610'>research.</span> </p><p><span m='39610'>I</span> <span m='39740'>was</span> <span m='40080'>at</span> <span m='40230'>the</span> <span m='40290'>university</span> <span m='40850'>as</span> <span m='40960'>an</span> <span m='41060'>undergraduate,</span> <span m='41730'>taking</span> <span m='42000'>classes,</span> <span m='42630'>and</span> <span m='43070'>I</span> <span m='43320'>realized</span> <span m='43560'>that</span> <span m='43650'>there</span> <span m='43750'>were</span> <span m='43810'>some</span> <span m='43960'>classes</span> <span m='44320'>I</span> <span m='44380'>really</span> <span m='44630'>liked.</span> <span m='44940'>For</span> <span m='45070'>example,</span> <span m='46570'>I'm</span> <span m='46680'>an</span> <span m='46860'>ecologist,</span> <span m='47120'>and</span> <span m='47380'>so</span> <span m='48050'>any</span> <span m='48240'>class</span> <span m='48640'>that</span> <span m='48760'>dealt with</span> <span m='48880'>environmental</span> <span m='49320'>science</span> <span m='49840'>I</span> <span m='49920'>realized</span> <span m='50420'>that I</span> <span m='50450'>really,</span> <span m='50880'>really liked</span> <span m='51100'>that</span> <span m='51280'>class.</span> <span m='51550'>And</span> <span m='51660'>so</span> <span m='51820'>because</span> <span m='52190'>of</span> <span m='52280'>that</span> <span m='52540'>then,</span> <span m='52790'>I</span> <span m='52830'>thought</span> <span m='53150'>well,</span> <span m='53620'>hey,</span> <span m='53780'>maybe</span> <span m='54150'>this</span> <span m='54340'>is</span> <span m='54490'>what</span> <span m='54640'>I</span> <span m='54680'>want</span> <span m='54860'>to</span> <span m='54920'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='56200'>A</span> <span m='56300'>lot</span> <span m='56450'>of</span> <span m='56500'>this</span> <span m='56700'>really</span> <span m='56880'>started</span> <span m='57140'>when</span> <span m='57270'>I</span> <span m='57320'>was</span> <span m='57440'>a</span> <span m='57480'>kid.</span> <span m='58030'>When</span> <span m='58270'>I</span> <span m='58310'>was</span> <span m='58420'>a</span> <span m='58470'>kid,</span> <span m='58870'>I</span> <span m='58910'>was</span> <span m='59050'>the</span> <span m='59100'>kid</span> <span m='59310'>who took</span> <span m='59550'>seeds</span> <span m='60030'>out</span> <span m='60220'>of</span> <span m='60520'>the</span> <span m='60730'>fruit</span> <span m='61040'>and</span> <span m='61270'>planted them</span> <span m='61580'>in the</span> <span m='61650'>backyard.</span> <span m='62210'>And</span> <span m='62310'>so</span> <span m='62400'>I</span> <span m='62480'>had</span> <span m='63070'>some</span> <span m='63300'>interesting</span> <span m='63770'>plants,</span> <span m='64360'>and</span> <span m='64480'>plant</span> <span m='64940'>growth,</span> <span m='65300'>and</span> <span m='65470'>soil,</span> <span m='65970'>and</span> <span m='66170'>growing</span> <span m='66610'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='67030'>And</span> <span m='67310'>so</span> <span m='67550'>because</span> <span m='67950'>of that</span> <span m='68200'>then</span> <span m='71660'>at</span> <span m='71760'>University,</span> <span m='73600'>what</span> <span m='73810'>I</span> <span m='73900'>did</span> <span m='74130'>as a</span> <span m='74290'>kid,</span> <span m='74770'>what</span> <span m='75330'>I</span> <span m='75480'>liked</span> <span m='75780'>as a</span> <span m='76080'>kid,</span> <span m='77150'>I</span> <span m='77280'>was</span> <span m='77490'>able</span> <span m='77750'>to</span> <span m='78170'>actually</span> <span m='78680'>label</span> <span m='79390'>some</span> <span m='79590'>type</span> <span m='79780'>of</span> <span m='79940'>career,</span> <span m='81360'>some</span> <span m='81570'>type</span> <span m='81740'>of</span> <span m='81840'>scientific</span> <span m='82330'>discipline</span> <span m='82770'>to</span> <span m='82870'>that.</span> <span m='83210'>And</span> <span m='83380'>so</span> <span m='83780'>as</span> <span m='84050'>an</span> <span m='84240'>undergraduate</span> <span m='84585'>at the</span> <span m='84930'>university,</span> <span m='86050'>I</span> <span m='86160'>realized</span> <span m='86700'>that</span> <span m='86890'>I</span> <span m='86950'>wanted</span> <span m='87250'>to</span> <span m='88790'>become</span> <span m='89300'>a</span> <span m='89490'>faculty</span> <span m='89880'>member at a</span> <span m='90160'>university.</span> <span m='90525'>And</span> <span m='90890'>so</span> <span m='90980'>to</span> <span m='91070'>do</span> <span m='91250'>this</span> <span m='91520'>then,</span> <span m='92100'>I</span> <span m='92200'>had</span> <span m='92350'>to</span> <span m='92420'>finish</span> <span m='92770'>with</span> <span m='92980'>my</span> <span m='93070'>bachelor's</span> <span m='93540'>degree</span> <span m='94240'>and</span> <span m='94350'>go on</span> <span m='94560'>to</span> <span m='94600'>get</span> <span m='94720'>my</span> <span m='94820'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='95900'>so</span> <span m='96090'>I</span> <span m='96170'>could</span> <span m='96340'>actually</span> <span m='96690'>become</span> <span m='97300'>a</span> <span m='97710'>faculty</span> <span m='98100'>member at a</span> <span m='98380'>university.</span> </p><p><span m='99140'>There's</span> <span m='99410'>a</span> <span m='99450'>lot</span> <span m='99570'>of</span> <span m='99630'>politics.</span> <span m='100340'>You</span> <span m='100740'>have</span> <span m='100900'>to</span> <span m='100990'>be</span> <span m='101110'>very</span> <span m='101340'>good</span> <span m='101530'>at</span> <span m='101600'>working</span> <span m='101830'>with</span> <span m='101960'>people.</span> <span m='102420'>You</span> <span m='102520'>have</span> <span m='102710'>to</span> <span m='103220'>like</span> <span m='103440'>to</span> <span m='103530'>work</span> <span m='103710'>with</span> <span m='103820'>people.</span> <span m='104260'>There</span> <span m='104350'>are</span> <span m='104400'>some</span> <span m='104570'>people</span> <span m='104840'>that</span> <span m='104960'>you're</span> <span m='105080'>going</span> <span m='105250'>to</span> <span m='105300'>deal</span> <span m='105520'>with,</span> <span m='105650'>for</span> <span m='105760'>example,</span> <span m='106160'>that</span> <span m='106930'>you</span> <span m='107030'>don't</span> <span m='107180'>like</span> <span m='107630'>personally.</span> <span m='108610'>And</span> <span m='108670'>yet</span> <span m='108830'>you</span> <span m='108940'>still</span> <span m='109270'>have</span> <span m='109560'>to</span> <span m='109680'>try</span> <span m='110020'>to</span> <span m='110110'>work</span> <span m='110360'>and</span> <span m='110460'>get</span> <span m='110570'>along,</span> <span m='110870'>because</span> <span m='111110'>you're</span> <span m='111220'>kind</span> <span m='111370'>of</span> <span m='111440'>a</span> <span m='111480'>family.</span> </p><p><span m='112330'>The</span> <span m='112580'>faculty</span> <span m='113080'>is</span> <span m='113200'>a</span> <span m='113260'>family.</span> <span m='113590'>It's a</span> <span m='113920'>group</span> <span m='114140'>of</span> <span m='114230'>people</span> <span m='114560'>that</span> <span m='114670'>are</span> <span m='114750'>working</span> <span m='115030'>together</span> <span m='115470'>who</span> <span m='115560'>are</span> <span m='115670'>trying</span> <span m='116090'>to</span> <span m='116680'>help</span> <span m='117060'>educate</span> <span m='118960'>undergraduates</span> <span m='119610'>and</span> <span m='119660'>graduate</span> <span m='120060'>students.</span> <span m='120370'>And</span> <span m='120470'>so</span> <span m='120590'>to</span> <span m='120710'>do</span> <span m='120910'>that,</span> <span m='121170'>you</span> <span m='121250'>have</span> <span m='121380'>to</span> <span m='121460'>be</span> <span m='121570'>able</span> <span m='121690'>to</span> <span m='121750'>function.</span> <span m='122630'>And</span> <span m='122820'>to</span> <span m='122890'>be</span> <span m='123000'>able</span> <span m='123110'>to</span> <span m='123170'>function,</span> <span m='123590'>you</span> <span m='123680'>have</span> <span m='123850'>to</span> <span m='123950'>be</span> <span m='124110'>able</span> <span m='124320'>to</span> <span m='124730'>compromise</span> <span m='125340'>to</span> <span m='125450'>be</span> <span m='125580'>able</span> <span m='125760'>to</span> <span m='127380'>work</span> <span m='127980'>cooperatively</span> <span m='129020'>with</span> <span m='129330'>people.</span> </p><p><span m='129650'>I</span> <span m='129699'>never</span> <span m='129900'>thought</span> <span m='130139'>I</span> <span m='130180'>was</span> <span m='130350'>going</span> <span m='130470'>to</span> <span m='130840'>do</span> <span m='131120'>that.</span> <span m='131280'>I</span> <span m='131320'>figured</span> <span m='132040'>as</span> <span m='132220'>a</span> <span m='132270'>faculty</span> <span m='132740'>member,</span> <span m='133150'>as</span> <span m='133350'>a</span> <span m='133580'>university</span> <span m='134240'>researcher</span> <span m='134940'>and</span> <span m='135020'>as</span> <span m='135160'>a</span> <span m='135230'>professor,</span> <span m='136040'>I</span> <span m='136140'>could</span> <span m='136310'>be</span> <span m='136470'>my</span> <span m='136650'>own</span> <span m='136840'>island.</span> <span m='137330'>And</span> <span m='137450'>that</span> <span m='138530'>was</span> <span m='138650'>a</span> <span m='138700'>rude</span> <span m='138870'>awakening</span> <span m='139270'>when</span> <span m='139390'>I</span> <span m='139440'>found</span> <span m='139720'>out</span> <span m='139770'>that</span> <span m='140130'>I</span> <span m='140270'>couldn't</span> <span m='140410'>be</span> <span m='140570'>that</span> <span m='140740'>way.</span> </p><p><span m='141250'>Think</span> <span m='141470'>about</span> <span m='141650'>what</span> <span m='141780'>you</span> <span m='141890'>like</span> <span m='142030'>to</span> <span m='142100'>do.</span> <span m='143370'>I</span> <span m='143590'>have</span> <span m='143710'>the</span> <span m='143780'>best</span> <span m='143990'>job</span> <span m='144200'>in</span> <span m='144240'>the</span> <span m='144310'>world,</span> <span m='144560'>there's</span> <span m='144730'>no</span> <span m='144860'>question</span> <span m='145180'>about</span> <span m='145495'>it.</span> <span m='145810'>My</span> <span m='145950'>wife</span> <span m='146170'>and</span> <span m='146300'>I,</span> <span m='146510'>in fact,</span> <span m='147180'>we</span> <span m='147480'>argue</span> <span m='147930'>over it</span> <span m='147980'>a</span> <span m='148180'>bit.</span> <span m='148610'>My</span> <span m='148740'>wife</span> <span m='148970'>is</span> <span m='149090'>a</span> <span m='149140'>physician,</span> <span m='149680'>and</span> <span m='149810'>so</span> <span m='149920'>she's</span> <span m='150160'>jealous</span> <span m='150510'>of</span> <span m='150590'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='150710'>Because</span> <span m='151000'>I</span> <span m='151060'>get</span> <span m='151180'>to</span> <span m='151260'>travel.</span> <span m='151780'>I</span> <span m='151830'>get</span> <span m='152000'>paid</span> <span m='152200'>to</span> <span m='152270'>travel.</span> <span m='152990'>I</span> <span m='153060'>get</span> <span m='153220'>paid</span> <span m='153410'>to</span> <span m='153460'>do</span> <span m='154400'>really</span> <span m='154650'>cool</span> <span m='154900'>things.</span> <span m='155320'>I</span> <span m='155370'>get</span> <span m='155550'>paid</span> <span m='155800'>to</span> <span m='155910'>learn.</span> </p><p><span m='156910'>And</span> <span m='157040'>so</span> <span m='158820'>understand</span> <span m='159610'>what</span> <span m='159770'>it</span> <span m='159870'>is</span> <span m='160030'>you</span> <span m='160140'>want</span> <span m='160340'>to</span> <span m='160420'>do,</span> <span m='161040'>and</span> <span m='161280'>make</span> <span m='161490'>sure</span> <span m='161660'>you</span> <span m='161790'>like</span> <span m='161970'>to</span> <span m='162050'>do</span> <span m='162250'>it.</span> <span m='162360'>Because</span> <span m='162700'>if you</span> <span m='162790'>don't</span> <span m='162970'>like</span> <span m='163110'>to</span> <span m='163200'>do</span> <span m='163430'>it,</span> <span m='163860'>then</span> <span m='164050'>it's</span> <span m='164190'>a</span> <span m='164250'>job.</span> <span m='164870'>And</span> <span m='165030'>my</span> <span m='166040'>career</span> <span m='166420'>is</span> <span m='166510'>not</span> <span m='166680'>a</span> <span m='166730'>job,</span> <span m='167140'>it's</span> <span m='168530'>a</span> <span m='168650'>big</span> <span m='168850'>part</span> <span m='169070'>of</span> <span m='169370'>me.</span> </p>","file":{"id":329602,"video_id":"2967826434001","name":"1668-George-p-BiologyProfessor","duration":169831,"thumbnail_url":null}});