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HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY TEACHER: Career Options For Science Lovers

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Katie, a high school chemistry teacher, went through high school and college with the goal in mind of becoming a doctor. It took teaching science at a summer program to discover that there are other options out there for people who love science. Now Katie spends her time developing high school curriculum for chemistry and motivating students to love science as much as she does.

Degree: Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology - Pre-Medicine
Job Title: High School Chemistry Teacher

Job Summary: Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Job Description

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

On-the-Job Training

Most training will come from your studies rather than on the job.

Additional Info

Some states require high school teachers to earn a master’s degree after earning their teaching certification. Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools typically seek high school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and a major in a content area.

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Center for Alternative Certification.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$35,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Empathy, Organizational skills
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m='14960'>have</span> <span m='15200'>your</span> <span m='15320'>holidays</span> <span m='15820'>and</span> <span m='16070'>your</span> <span m='16200'>summers</span> <span m='16600'>off,</span> <span m='17380'>you</span> <span m='17740'>may</span> <span m='17910'>think</span> <span m='18150'>that</span> <span m='18230'>those are</span> <span m='18960'>vacation</span> <span m='19470'>times</span> <span m='19850'>for</span> <span m='19970'>teachers.</span> <span m='20610'>But</span> <span m='20920'>especially</span> <span m='21330'>for</span> <span m='21450'>new</span> <span m='21620'>teachers,</span> <span m='22490'>that's</span> <span m='22920'>time</span> <span m='23120'>to</span> <span m='23220'>lesson</span> <span m='23670'>plan,</span> <span m='25440'>to</span> <span m='25560'>make</span> <span m='25780'>copies,</span> <span m='27700'>to</span> <span m='28660'>grade</span> <span m='29100'>papers.</span> </p><p><span m='30390'>There's</span> <span m='31000'>a</span> <span m='31120'>lot</span> <span m='31470'>of</span> <span m='31690'>work</span> <span m='32049'>outside</span> <span m='33200'>of</span> <span m='33630'>just</span> <span m='33920'>being</span> <span m='34160'>in</span> <span m='34260'>front</span> <span m='34500'>of the</span> <span m='34560'>students,</span> <span m='35530'>and</span> <span m='35630'>that's</span> <span m='35830'>something</span> <span m='36300'>that</span> <span m='36780'>you</span> <span m='36980'>should</span> <span m='37200'>realize</span> <span m='37590'>before</span> <span m='37860'>you</span> <span m='37930'>go</span> <span m='38090'>into</span> <span m='38290'>teaching.</span> <span m='39840'>There are</span> <span m='40010'>also</span> <span m='40650'>staff</span> <span m='41010'>meetings,</span> <span m='41600'>and</span> <span m='41760'>collaboration</span> <span m='42460'>period</span> <span m='43640'>where</span> <span m='44150'>you</span> <span m='44430'>work</span> <span m='44700'>with</span> <span m='44820'>other</span> <span m='45020'>teachers</span> <span m='45490'>to</span> <span m='45610'>develop</span> <span m='46090'>your</span> <span m='46260'>curriculum,</span> <span m='47370'>the</span> <span m='47460'>content</span> <span m='47900'>that</span> <span m='48000'>you're</span> <span m='48130'>going</span> <span m='48270'>to</span> <span m='48360'>teach.</span> <span m='49860'>There's</span> <span m='50040'>professional</span> <span m='50540'>development</span> <span m='50835'>with</span> <span m='51130'>the</span> <span m='51210'>district</span> <span m='52650'>that's</span> <span m='52810'>sometimes</span> <span m='53150'>required.</span> </p><p><span m='54050'>It</span> <span m='54150'>was</span> <span m='54610'>a</span> <span m='54920'>long</span> <span m='55490'>journey</span> <span m='55990'>to</span> <span m='56160'>end</span> <span m='56420'>up</span> <span m='56660'>as</span> <span m='56780'>a</span> <span m='56840'>teacher,</span> <span m='59010'>because</span> <span m='60000'>initially</span> <span m='60470'>I</span> <span m='60520'>wanted</span> <span m='60670'>to</span> <span m='60760'>be</span> <span m='60990'>a</span> <span m='61180'>doctor.</span> <span m='62130'>I</span> <span m='62320'>had</span> <span m='62560'>studied</span> <span m='62660'>science</span> <span m='63120'>and</span> <span m='63220'>I</span> <span m='63280'>was</span> <span m='63410'>really</span> <span m='63630'>great</span> <span m='63910'>at science</span> <span m='64510'>in</span> <span m='65340'>elementary,</span> <span m='66080'>middle,</span> <span m='66360'>high</span> <span m='66640'>school.</span> <span m='67380'>And</span> <span m='67520'>I</span> <span m='67590'>thought</span> <span m='68240'>that</span> <span m='68420'>was</span> <span m='68590'>the</span> <span m='68690'>one</span> <span m='68970'>profession</span> <span m='69670'>for</span> <span m='69840'>people</span> <span m='70170'>who</span> <span m='70290'>were</span> <span m='70400'>passionate</span> <span m='70830'>about</span> <span m='71130'>science,</span> <span m='72150'>and</span> <span m='72530'>when</span> <span m='72770'>I</span> <span m='72820'>went</span> <span m='72990'>to</span> <span m='73090'>college</span> <span m='73560'>I</span> <span m='73800'>continued</span> <span m='74180'>on</span> <span m='74320'>that</span> <span m='74500'>path.</span> </p><p><span m='75470'>And</span> <span m='76010'>the</span> <span m='76130'>summer</span> <span m='76520'>before</span> <span m='76950'>I</span> <span m='76990'>graduated,</span> <span m='78240'>I</span> <span m='78400'>had</span> <span m='78950'>studied</span> <span m='79925'>pre-medicine</span> <span m='80770'>and</span> <span m='81220'>biochemistry.</span> <span m='82730'>And</span> <span m='83390'>the</span> <span m='83780'>summer</span> <span m='84060'>before</span> <span m='84600'>I</span> <span m='84730'>left</span> <span m='86000'>to</span> <span m='86490'>go</span> <span m='86660'>travel,</span> <span m='87320'>I</span> <span m='87810'>had</span> <span m='89770'>been</span> <span m='90000'>asked</span> <span m='90275'>to</span> <span m='90550'>teach</span> <span m='91750'>natural</span> <span m='92140'>sciences</span> <span m='93190'>for</span> <span m='93360'>high</span> <span m='93480'>school</span> <span m='93700'>students</span> <span m='94280'>at</span> <span m='94510'>this</span> <span m='94600'>summer</span> <span m='94880'>program</span> <span m='95370'>that was</span> <span m='95540'>called</span> <span m='95790'>Arkansas</span> <span m='96220'>Governor's</span> <span m='96630'>School.</span> <span m='97560'>And</span> <span m='98390'>I'd</span> <span m='98510'>never</span> <span m='99100'>taught</span> <span m='99560'>any</span> <span m='99790'>type</span> <span m='100080'>of</span> <span m='101110'>curriculum</span> <span m='101770'>that</span> <span m='101930'>I'd</span> <span m='102110'>created</span> <span m='102440'>on</span> <span m='102510'>my</span> <span m='102670'>own.</span> <span m='103500'>And</span> <span m='103550'>so</span> <span m='103640'>they</span> <span m='103740'>asked</span> <span m='104070'>me</span> <span m='104200'>to</span> <span m='104300'>create</span> <span m='105210'>a</span> <span m='105300'>curriculum</span> <span m='105860'>based</span> <span m='106160'>on</span> <span m='106330'>something</span> <span m='106670'>I</span> <span m='106700'>was</span> <span m='106880'>really</span> <span m='107100'>passionate</span> <span m='107620'>about,</span> <span m='108060'>which</span> <span m='108160'>at</span> <span m='108270'>that</span> <span m='108470'>time</span> <span m='109400'>was</span> <span m='109750'>health</span> <span m='109950'>sciences</span> <span m='110570'>and</span> <span m='110930'>immunology,</span> <span m='112300'>and</span> <span m='113220'>I</span> <span m='113360'>loved</span> <span m='113700'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='113930'>And</span> <span m='114360'>so</span> <span m='115525'>it</span> <span m='115830'>made</span> <span m='116000'>me</span> <span m='116110'>think</span> <span m='116430'>about</span> <span m='117200'>my</span> <span m='117380'>past</span> <span m='117700'>four</span> <span m='117920'>years</span> <span m='118390'>and</span> <span m='119440'>what</span> <span m='119930'>I</span> <span m='120030'>was</span> <span m='120230'>planning</span> <span m='120640'>to</span> <span m='120710'>do</span> <span m='120960'>which</span> <span m='121130'>was</span> <span m='121290'>go</span> <span m='121400'>to</span> <span m='121500'>medical</span> <span m='121890'>school</span> <span m='122230'>and</span> <span m='122310'>apply</span> <span m='122560'>to</span> <span m='122660'>medical</span> <span m='123060'>school</span> <span m='123340'>that</span> <span m='123840'>summer.</span> <span m='124680'>And</span> <span m='124900'>so</span> <span m='126170'>I</span> <span m='126370'>ended</span> <span m='126600'>up</span> <span m='128000'>looking</span> <span m='128419'>into</span> <span m='129780'>teaching</span> <span m='130289'>programs.</span> <span m='130940'>One</span> <span m='131070'>of</span> <span m='131140'>those</span> <span m='131340'>programs</span> <span m='133190'>outside</span> <span m='133380'>of</span> <span m='133600'>charter</span> <span m='133900'>schools</span> <span m='134270'>was</span> <span m='134400'>an</span> <span m='134510'>organization</span> <span m='134845'>that</span> <span m='135180'>was</span> <span m='135450'>called</span> <span m='135630'>Teach</span> <span m='135790'>For</span> <span m='136110'>America.</span> <span m='137340'>And</span> <span m='137470'>that</span> <span m='137870'>is</span> <span m='138080'>a</span> <span m='138160'>program</span> <span m='140130'>that</span> <span m='140620'>tries</span> <span m='141130'>to</span> <span m='141280'>attract</span> <span m='142210'>college</span> <span m='142550'>graduates</span> <span m='143130'>that</span> <span m='143350'>have</span> <span m='143800'>studied</span> <span m='145240'>math,</span> <span m='145680'>science,</span> <span m='147190'>any</span> <span m='147380'>subject</span> <span m='147830'>really,</span> <span m='148180'>but</span> <span m='148430'>they're</span> <span m='149020'>specialists</span> <span m='149670'>in</span> <span m='149740'>their</span> <span m='149900'>field.</span> <span m='150720'>And</span> <span m='150860'>they</span> <span m='150970'>also</span> <span m='151320'>want</span> <span m='151610'>to</span> <span m='152720'>teach</span> <span m='152985'>in</span> <span m='153250'>high</span> <span m='153560'>needs</span> <span m='153870'>regions</span> <span m='154620'>of</span> <span m='154740'>the</span> <span m='154820'>United</span> <span m='155140'>States.</span> </p><p><span m='156160'>If</span> <span m='156310'>you</span> <span m='156550'>choose</span> <span m='156970'>to</span> <span m='157280'>join</span> <span m='157550'>an</span> <span m='157630'>organization</span> <span m='158230'>like</span> <span m='158400'>Teach</span> <span m='158610'>For</span> <span m='158730'>America,</span> <span m='160120'>they</span> <span m='161360'>streamline</span> <span m='162080'>the</span> <span m='162160'>process</span> <span m='162780'>of</span> <span m='162870'>becoming</span> <span m='163260'>a</span> <span m='163300'>teacher</span> <span m='163850'>if</span> <span m='164170'>that</span> <span m='164350'>wasn't</span> <span m='164660'>something</span> <span m='164940'>that you'd</span> <span m='165160'>studied</span> <span m='165500'>before.</span> <span m='166050'>If</span> <span m='166150'>you</span> <span m='166240'>didn't</span> <span m='166460'>study</span> <span m='166740'>education</span> <span m='167170'>before,</span> <span m='167950'>they</span> <span m='168060'>make</span> <span m='168320'>it</span> <span m='168520'>a</span> <span m='168580'>little</span> <span m='168770'>bit</span> <span m='168910'>easier</span> <span m='169380'>to</span> <span m='169900'>obtain</span> <span m='170210'>your</span> <span m='170350'>credential</span> <span m='171110'>to</span> <span m='171230'>teach</span> <span m='172450'>in</span> <span m='172580'>a</span> <span m='172630'>shorter</span> <span m='173000'>amount of</span> <span m='173280'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='173860'>So</span> <span m='174010'>some</span> <span m='174420'>more</span> <span m='174510'>advice</span> <span m='174770'>that</span> <span m='174900'>I</span> <span m='175010'>would</span> <span m='175140'>have</span> <span m='175560'>for</span> <span m='176710'>people</span> <span m='176970'>who</span> <span m='177080'>are</span> <span m='177200'>considering</span> <span m='177920'>becoming</span> <span m='178190'>a</span> <span m='178260'>teacher</span> <span m='179120'>is</span> <span m='179560'>that</span> <span m='179890'>you</span> <span m='181620'>should</span> <span m='181770'>think</span> <span m='181940'>about</span> <span m='182800'>do</span> <span m='182890'>I</span> <span m='183010'>like</span> <span m='183190'>being</span> <span m='183350'>in</span> <span m='183430'>front</span> <span m='183580'>of</span> <span m='183640'>people?</span> <span m='185910'>Am</span> <span m='186030'>I</span> <span m='186130'>pretty</span> <span m='186370'>well</span> <span m='186590'>organized?</span> <span m='188090'>Can I</span> <span m='188260'>handle</span> <span m='188600'>a</span> <span m='188620'>lot</span> <span m='188780'>of</span> <span m='188840'>paperwork,</span> <span m='189730'>especially</span> <span m='190160'>if</span> <span m='190230'>you</span> <span m='190400'>have</span> <span m='190960'>five</span> <span m='191170'>different</span> <span m='191420'>sets</span> <span m='191640'>of</span> <span m='191730'>students</span> <span m='192400'>in</span> <span m='192480'>one</span> <span m='192620'>day?</span> <span m='196870'>Can</span> <span m='197110'>I be</span> <span m='197210'>creative</span> <span m='198350'>with</span> <span m='198760'>content</span> <span m='199720'>that</span> <span m='199970'>sometimes</span> <span m='200480'>isn't</span> <span m='200860'>so</span> <span m='201650'>engaging</span> <span m='202760'>and</span> <span m='202960'>intriguing?</span> </p><p><span m='206490'>Do</span> <span m='206700'>I</span> <span m='206810'>love</span> <span m='207090'>to</span> <span m='207440'>do</span> <span m='207610'>research</span> <span m='208480'>on</span> <span m='208620'>the</span> <span m='208710'>internet</span> <span m='209330'>on</span> <span m='210220'>ways</span> <span m='210670'>to</span> <span m='210790'>make</span> <span m='211030'>things</span> <span m='211360'>more</span> <span m='211560'>interesting</span> <span m='212590'>or</span> <span m='213990'>connections</span> <span m='214320'>to</span> <span m='214650'>my</span> <span m='214830'>material</span> <span m='215320'>to</span> <span m='215420'>the</span> <span m='215530'>real</span> <span m='215720'>world--</span> <span m='216545'>that's</span> <span m='216890'>another.</span> <span m='222010'>Do I</span> <span m='222180'>like</span> <span m='222380'>to</span> <span m='222490'>motivate</span> <span m='223040'>people?</span> <span m='223470'>Because</span> <span m='223900'>there's</span> <span m='224170'>a</span> <span m='224270'>lot</span> <span m='224610'>of</span> <span m='224670'>motivation,</span> <span m='226970'>or</span> <span m='227090'>figuring</span> <span m='227580'>out</span> <span m='227770'>how</span> <span m='227950'>to</span> <span m='228110'>get</span> <span m='228350'>someone</span> <span m='228780'>invested</span> <span m='229480'>in</span> <span m='229660'>something</span> <span m='230420'>that</span> <span m='230560'>they</span> <span m='230660'>weren't</span> <span m='232280'>invested</span> <span m='232550'>at</span> <span m='233010'>in the</span> <span m='233230'>start.</span> 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