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CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR: You Have To Like The Day In And Out Of Your Job

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Pat is a chemistry professor and a dean of students at Amherst College. Each day is different for Pat - she could be teaching a molecular gastronomy class, working in the dean's office helping the new students adjust to university life, or working in the lab studying biochemistry and biophysics. She advises that you not only have to find something you love to do, but you also have to enjoy doing the day in and out of the job.

Degree: Chemistry - Environmental Science
Job Title: Chemistry Professor
Employer: Amherst College

Job Summary: Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary

Job Description

Chemistry Teachers 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.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$65,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
8 to 14 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Leadership ability, Networking, Organizational skills, Patience, People skills, Public speaking ability, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Master's degree
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m='9670'>typical</span> <span m='10030'>day.</span> <span m='10740'>Every</span> <span m='10990'>day</span> <span m='11230'>is</span> <span m='11390'>really</span> <span m='11590'>different.</span> <span m='12590'>I</span> <span m='13530'>will</span> <span m='13680'>be</span> <span m='13810'>teaching</span> <span m='14740'>courses</span> <span m='15660'>half</span> <span m='15950'>the</span> <span m='16040'>time</span> <span m='16610'>and</span> <span m='16750'>I'll</span> <span m='16840'>be</span> <span m='17490'>in</span> <span m='17740'>the</span> <span m='17850'>classroom</span> <span m='18250'>with</span> <span m='18390'>my</span> <span m='18460'>students.</span> </p><p><span m='19400'>This</span> <span m='19540'>semester</span> <span m='19900'>I'm</span> <span m='20010'>teaching</span> <span m='20300'>a</span> <span m='20370'>course</span> <span m='20800'>on</span> <span m='21300'>molecular</span> <span m='21800'>gastronomy</span> <span m='23130'>where</span> <span m='23230'>we're</span> <span m='23400'>learning</span> <span m='23710'>about</span> <span m='24750'>how</span> <span m='25130'>the</span> <span m='25290'>chemistry</span> <span m='25680'>of</span> <span m='25750'>food</span> <span m='26200'>relates.</span> <span m='26650'>We</span> <span m='26760'>have</span> <span m='26910'>a</span> <span m='26950'>lab</span> <span m='27760'>where</span> <span m='28130'>the</span> <span m='28230'>students</span> <span m='28670'>are</span> <span m='28980'>actually</span> <span m='30580'>making</span> <span m='30980'>food</span> <span m='31420'>with</span> <span m='31570'>liquid</span> <span m='31720'>nitrogen</span> <span m='32369'>and</span> <span m='32524'>other</span> <span m='32680'>kind</span> <span m='32860'>of</span> <span m='32930'>really</span> <span m='33460'>fantastic</span> <span m='34050'>things.</span> <span m='35260'>And</span> <span m='35440'>then</span> <span m='35560'>at</span> <span m='35630'>the</span> <span m='35720'>same</span> <span m='35950'>time,</span> <span m='36280'>I'm</span> <span m='36440'>working</span> <span m='36970'>half</span> <span m='37200'>time</span> <span m='37580'>in</span> <span m='37655'>the</span> <span m='37730'>dean's</span> <span m='38090'>office</span> <span m='38600'>and</span> <span m='38720'>as</span> <span m='38860'>a</span> <span m='38920'>dean.</span> <span m='39990'>I</span> <span m='40090'>work</span> <span m='40280'>with</span> <span m='40370'>students</span> <span m='41610'>who</span> <span m='41780'>are</span> <span m='42510'>having</span> <span m='42740'>troubles</span> <span m='43020'>with</span> <span m='43120'>their</span> <span m='43260'>classes</span> <span m='44320'>or</span> <span m='44490'>just</span> <span m='44740'>feeling</span> <span m='45070'>homesick</span> <span m='45950'>or</span> <span m='47000'>doing</span> <span m='47220'>a</span> <span m='47270'>lot</span> <span m='47420'>of</span> <span m='47480'>problem</span> <span m='47800'>solving</span> <span 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m='60100'>undergrad</span> <span m='60920'>I</span> <span m='61420'>kept</span> <span m='61750'>up</span> <span m='62320'>an</span> <span m='62440'>interest</span> <span m='62830'>in</span> <span m='62920'>science.</span> <span m='63390'>I</span> <span m='63440'>was</span> <span m='63680'>a</span> <span m='63730'>chemistry</span> <span m='64160'>major,</span> <span m='64709'>environmental</span> <span m='65260'>science</span> <span m='65940'>was</span> <span m='66140'>my</span> <span m='66790'>particular</span> <span m='67530'>interest</span> <span m='67830'>at</span> <span m='67920'>the</span> <span m='68010'>time.</span> <span m='69120'>Then</span> <span m='69520'>I</span> <span m='69680'>became</span> <span m='70080'>more</span> <span m='70250'>drawn</span> <span m='70570'>into</span> <span m='70800'>biochemistry.</span> </p><p><span m='71730'>So</span> <span m='71890'>right</span> <span m='72100'>now</span> <span m='72590'>I'm</span> <span m='72820'>doing</span> <span m='73040'>biochemistry</span> <span m='73740'>and</span> <span m='73840'>biophysics.</span> <span m='74950'>I'm</span> <span m='75140'>looking</span> <span m='75480'>at</span> <span m='75630'>small</span> <span m='75910'>molecules</span> <span m='76710'>and</span> <span m='76790'>looking</span> <span m='77070'>at</span> <span m='77150'>how</span> <span m='77280'>they</span> <span m='77400'>interact</span> <span m='77800'>with</span> <span m='77880'>each</span> <span m='78090'>other.</span> <span m='78840'>And</span> <span m='78935'>I'm</span> <span m='79030'>having</span> <span m='79260'>a</span> <span m='79310'>lot</span> <span m='79560'>of</span> <span m='79640'>fun</span> <span m='80010'>playing</span> <span m='80320'>around</span> <span m='80520'>with</span> <span m='80630'>those</span> <span m='80800'>things</span> <span m='80990'>in</span> <span m='81240'>lab.</span> <span m='82240'>So</span> <span m='82410'>what</span> <span m='82570'>I'd</span> <span m='82710'>like</span> <span m='82920'>to</span> <span m='83200'>tell</span> <span m='83500'>people</span> <span m='83950'>who</span> <span m='84240'>are</span> <span m='84320'>thinking</span> <span m='84700'>about</span> <span m='84940'>what</span> <span m='85100'>they</span> <span m='85190'>want</span> <span m='85370'>to</span> <span m='85430'>be</span> <span m='85860'>is</span> <span m='86080'>to</span> <span m='86230'>really</span> <span m='86640'>find</span> <span m='86950'>something</span> <span m='87360'>that</span> <span m='87510'>you</span> <span m='87790'>really</span> <span m='88350'>love</span> <span m='89150'>and</span> <span m='89530'>that</span> <span m='89770'>you</span> <span m='89890'>don't</span> <span m='90080'>mind</span> <span m='90320'>doing</span> <span m='90570'>day</span> <span m='90860'>in</span> <span m='91070'>day</span> <span m='91310'>out</span> <span m='91590'>and</span> <span m='91870'>that</span> <span m='92080'>you</span> <span m='92200'>find</span> <span m='92460'>some</span> <span m='92640'>joy</span> <span m='92990'>in</span> <span m='93170'>doing.</span> <span m='94100'>So</span> <span m='94400'>have</span> <span m='94700'>fun.</span> </p>","file":{"id":356240,"video_id":"3209221330001","name":"2012-Patricia-ChemProfessor1","duration":96085,"thumbnail_url":null}});