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HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY TEACHER, IN-DEPTH: Guiding Students In The Classroom & Through Career Decisions

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Katie, a high school chemistry teacher, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. Katie discusses motivating students in the classroom, giving advice, and the challenges of a new teacher.

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
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$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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<span m='24780'>mean,</span> <span m='25060'>even</span> <span m='25170'>though I'm</span> <span m='25370'>just</span> <span m='25570'>a</span> <span m='25620'>chemistry</span> <span m='26120'>teacher,</span> <span m='27180'>it's</span> <span m='27430'>really</span> <span m='27730'>awesome</span> <span m='28210'>to</span> <span m='28800'>give</span> <span m='29000'>them</span> <span m='29150'>direction</span> <span m='30110'>in</span> <span m='30240'>whatever</span> <span m='30620'>field</span> <span m='30860'>they</span> <span m='30990'>choose</span> <span m='31210'>to</span> <span m='31290'>go</span> <span m='31460'>into.</span> <span m='32430'>And</span> <span m='33650'>in</span> <span m='33920'>Oakland,</span> <span m='34450'>we</span> <span m='34950'>don't</span> <span m='35110'>actually</span> <span m='35400'>have</span> <span m='35590'>counselors,</span> <span m='36710'>so</span> <span m='37520'>I</span> <span m='37670'>love</span> <span m='38110'>like</span> <span m='38330'>being</span> <span m='38580'>able</span> <span m='39060'>to</span> <span m='39180'>give</span> <span m='39380'>them</span> <span m='39560'>advice</span> <span m='40020'>about</span> <span m='40590'>what</span> <span m='40830'>they're</span> <span m='40940'>thinking</span> <span m='41300'>about</span> <span m='42240'>and</span> <span m='42690'>their</span> <span m='42810'>grades</span> <span m='43580'>and</span> <span m='43780'>what</span> <span m='43940'>they</span> <span m='44330'>need to do</span> <span m='44450'>to</span> <span m='44540'>get</span> <span m='44770'>there</span> <span m='45020'>and</span> <span m='45390'>help</span> <span m='45660'>them</span> <span m='45830'>set</span> <span m='46060'>goals.</span> </p><p><span m='47125'>You're</span> <span m='47420'>always</span> <span m='47870'>wanting</span> <span m='48300'>to</span> <span m='48430'>do</span> <span m='48540'>better</span> <span m='49220'>for</span> <span m='49370'>your</span> <span m='49520'>students,</span> <span m='50520'>and</span> <span m='50870'>I</span> <span m='51180'>think</span> <span m='51720'>that's</span> <span m='52050'>like</span> <span m='52340'>one</span> <span m='52640'>of</span> <span m='52770'>the</span> <span m='52870'>main</span> <span m='53090'>sources</span> <span m='53530'>of</span> <span m='53650'>stress</span> <span m='54040'>for</span> <span m='54140'>some</span> <span m='54370'>teachers.</span> <span m='55490'>It's</span> <span m='55660'>more</span> <span m='55890'>about,</span> <span m='57530'>how</span> <span m='57750'>can</span> <span m='57900'>I</span> <span m='58120'>convince</span> <span m='58590'>someone</span> <span m='59120'>to</span> <span m='59740'>love</span> <span m='59870'>something</span> <span m='60970'>that</span> <span m='61190'>they</span> <span m='61290'>don't</span> <span m='61530'>love</span> <span m='62490'>just</span> <span m='62780'>yet,</span> <span m='63230'>naturally?</span> <span m='64280'>There</span> <span m='64680'>are</span> <span m='64790'>some</span> <span m='64970'>students</span> <span m='65379'>out</span> <span m='65590'>there</span> <span m='65840'>that</span> <span m='66000'>are</span> <span m='66180'>really</span> <span m='66400'>passionate</span> <span m='66870'>about</span> <span m='67160'>school from the</span> <span m='67550'>beginning.</span> <span m='68530'>But</span> <span m='69650'>as</span> <span m='69840'>you</span> <span m='69940'>get</span> <span m='70100'>older,</span> <span m='70580'>I</span> <span m='70660'>think</span> <span m='70890'>it</span> <span m='70980'>becomes</span> <span m='71290'>more</span> <span m='71540'>of</span> <span m='71610'>a</span> <span m='71670'>struggle</span> <span m='72190'>when</span> <span m='72780'>you</span> <span m='72920'>don't</span> <span m='73200'>have</span> <span m='75260'>a</span> <span m='75360'>connection</span> <span m='75910'>to</span> <span m='76010'>the</span> <span m='76120'>subject.</span> <span m='77030'>With</span> <span m='77150'>chemistry,</span> <span m='77420'>I</span> <span m='77690'>see that</span> <span m='77940'>especially.</span> </p><p><span m='78730'>The</span> <span m='79000'>other thing</span> <span m='79270'>I</span> <span m='79360'>like</span> <span m='79690'>is</span> <span m='79960'>that</span> <span m='80680'>there</span> <span m='80955'>are</span> <span m='81230'>always</span> <span m='82320'>innovations</span> <span m='83970'>in</span> <span m='84300'>technology</span> <span m='85460'>and</span> <span m='85800'>research</span> <span m='87470'>that</span> <span m='88820'>someone</span> <span m='89190'>wants</span> <span m='89390'>to</span> <span m='89480'>share</span> <span m='89760'>with</span> <span m='89920'>you</span> <span m='90190'>as</span> <span m='90310'>a</span> <span m='90390'>teacher.</span> <span m='91240'>So</span> <span m='91540'>that</span> <span m='91960'>the</span> <span m='92100'>students--</span> <span m='94026'>our</span> <span m='94510'>performance</span> <span m='95060'>is</span> <span m='95190'>improving</span> <span m='95870'>as</span> <span m='96820'>a</span> <span m='96890'>district,</span> <span m='97400'>as</span> <span m='97510'>a</span> <span m='97570'>state,</span> <span m='98390'>so</span> <span m='98940'>there</span> <span m='99060'>are</span> <span m='99110'>always these</span> <span m='99560'>opportunities</span> <span m='100220'>for</span> <span m='100340'>professional</span> <span m='100820'>development.</span> </p><p><span m='101650'>Education</span> <span m='104001'>about</span> <span m='104480'>medicine</span> <span m='104960'>and</span> <span m='105110'>science</span> <span m='107600'>is</span> <span m='107810'>really</span> <span m='108120'>important</span> <span m='108620'>in</span> <span m='108750'>that</span> <span m='109000'>sometimes</span> <span m='110210'>health</span> <span m='110470'>caregivers,</span> <span m='111650'>especially</span> <span m='112100'>foreign</span> <span m='112370'>health</span> <span m='112670'>caregivers</span> <span m='113780'>that</span> <span m='113860'>come</span> <span m='114100'>in to</span> <span m='114380'>these</span> <span m='114690'>third-world</span> <span m='115070'>countries</span> <span m='115620'>and</span> <span m='115750'>try and</span> <span m='116120'>fix</span> <span m='116340'>the</span> <span m='116420'>problem</span> <span m='117160'>by</span> <span m='117560'>doling</span> <span m='117880'>out</span> <span m='118050'>medication</span> <span m='118770'>and</span> <span m='119230'>providing</span> <span m='119690'>care</span> <span m='120000'>temporarily,</span> <span m='122910'>they</span> <span m='123120'>forget</span> <span m='123640'>to</span> <span m='124270'>communicate</span> <span m='125090'>well</span> <span m='125560'>to</span> <span m='126030'>those</span> <span m='126680'>health</span> <span m='126880'>care</span> <span m='127020'>workers</span> <span m='127330'>there</span> <span m='127680'>in the</span> <span m='128155'>setting</span> <span m='128630'>and</span> <span m='128889'>the</span> <span m='128970'>patients</span> <span m='130470'>the</span> <span m='130580'>importance</span> <span m='131280'>of</span> <span m='131670'>medicine</span> <span m='132290'>and</span> <span m='132420'>the</span> <span m='132500'>meaning</span> <span m='132910'>of</span> <span m='133360'>some</span> <span m='133590'>of</span> <span m='133660'>these</span> <span m='133860'>diseases</span> <span m='134450'>and</span> <span m='134540'>medications</span> <span m='137320'>and</span> <span m='137510'>the</span> <span m='137590'>meaning</span> <span m='138580'>of</span> <span m='139040'>illness</span> <span m='139650'>and</span> <span m='139800'>disease.</span> </p><p><span m='140480'>And</span> <span m='140650'>I</span> <span m='140730'>think</span> <span m='141590'>that's</span> <span m='141820'>when</span> <span m='141970'>I</span> <span m='142120'>realized</span> <span m='142880'>that</span> <span m='144280'>it's</span> <span m='144830'>very</span> <span m='145150'>important</span> <span m='147000'>that</span> <span m='147370'>there</span> <span m='147570'>is</span> <span m='147700'>a</span> <span m='147760'>middleman</span> <span m='148260'>there.</span> <span m='148850'>Or</span> <span m='149140'>if</span> <span m='149300'>the</span> <span m='149420'>physician</span> <span m='149890'>can't</span> <span m='150110'>provide</span> <span m='150570'>that</span> <span m='151110'>type</span> <span m='151320'>of</span> <span m='151460'>education,</span> <span m='152190'>or</span> <span m='152320'>the</span> <span m='152450'>nurse</span> <span m='153340'>or</span> <span m='153780'>the</span> <span m='153870'>other</span> <span m='154590'>health</span> <span m='154820'>care</span> <span m='155220'>worker,</span> <span m='159150'>there</span> <span m='159610'>has</span> <span m='159810'>to</span> <span m='159910'>be</span> <span m='160070'>someone</span> <span m='161500'>to</span> <span m='161860'>make</span> <span m='162340'>the</span> <span m='162430'>general</span> <span m='162870'>population</span> <span m='163590'>understand</span> <span m='164290'>science.</span> </p><p><span m='165240'>At</span> <span m='165410'>this</span> <span m='165670'>point,</span> <span m='165980'>in</span> <span m='166070'>my</span> <span m='166200'>third</span> <span m='166510'>year of</span> <span m='166800'>teaching,</span> <span m='168020'>I</span> <span m='168190'>leave</span> <span m='168480'>school</span> <span m='169100'>before</span> <span m='169590'>5:00,</span> <span m='170210'>definitely</span> <span m='170530'>before</span> <span m='170880'>5:00,</span> <span m='171820'>and</span> <span m='171980'>I</span> <span m='172020'>have</span> <span m='172210'>a</span> <span m='172270'>great</span> <span m='172550'>work/life</span> <span m='173020'>balance.</span> <span m='175010'>But</span> <span m='175350'>I</span> <span m='175440'>think</span> <span m='175900'>that</span> <span m='176770'>if</span> <span m='176940'>you're a</span> <span m='177100'>beginning</span> <span m='177530'>teacher,</span> <span m='178230'>the</span> <span m='178330'>first</span> <span m='178670'>two</span> <span m='178840'>years,</span> <span m='179400'>especially</span> <span m='180150'>if</span> <span m='180480'>it</span> <span m='180630'>wasn't</span> <span m='181020'>something</span> <span m='181350'>that</span> <span m='181520'>you</span> <span m='181670'>studied</span> <span m='182110'>in</span> <span m='182210'>university,</span> <span m='184390'>is</span> <span m='184850'>kind</span> <span m='185040'>of</span> <span m='185120'>challenging</span> <span m='186140'>because</span> <span m='186360'>you're</span> <span m='186700'>trying</span> <span m='187060'>to</span> <span m='187580'>come</span> <span m='187740'>up</span> <span m='187810'>with</span> <span m='187950'>a</span> <span m='187990'>completely</span> <span m='188430'>new</span> <span m='188740'>curriculum,</span> <span m='189810'>trying</span> <span m='189990'>to</span> <span m='190030'>learn</span> <span m='190200'>how</span> <span m='190360'>to</span> <span m='190750'>grade</span> <span m='191000'>papers</span> <span m='191320'>efficiently,</span> <span m='192350'>and</span> <span m='192620'>what</span> <span m='192840'>papers</span> <span m='192930'>to</span> <span m='193270'>take</span> <span m='193510'>up</span> <span m='193950'>that</span> <span m='194130'>reflect</span> <span m='194750'>the</span> <span m='194950'>best</span> <span m='195350'>or</span> <span m='195490'>the</span> <span m='195630'>most</span> <span m='195990'>of</span> <span m='196430'>student</span> <span m='196760'>learning.</span> </p><p><span m='197600'>You're</span> <span m='197710'>trying</span> <span m='197880'>to</span> <span m='197960'>meet</span> <span m='198140'>with</span> <span m='198280'>your</span> <span m='198750'>BTSA</span> <span m='199070'>mentor</span> <span m='199840'>or</span> <span m='200140'>your</span> <span m='200500'>Teach</span> <span m='200700'>for</span> <span m='200800'>America</span> <span m='201210'>mentor.</span> <span m='203230'>You're</span> <span m='203520'>trying</span> <span m='203920'>to</span> <span m='204290'>offset</span> <span m='204630'>a</span> <span m='204870'>like.</span> <span m='208180'>Yeah,</span> <span m='208330'>just</span> <span m='208860'>figure</span> <span m='209140'>out</span> <span m='209300'>what's</span> <span m='209510'>the</span> <span m='209630'>best</span> <span m='210030'>way</span> <span m='210150'>to</span> <span m='210240'>manage</span> <span m='210660'>behavior</span> <span m='211170'>in</span> <span m='211250'>my</span> <span m='211350'>classroom</span> <span m='212500'>and</span> <span m='213000'>maintain</span> <span m='213540'>good</span> <span m='213720'>relationships</span> <span m='214300'>with</span> <span m='214450'>parents</span> <span m='214930'>so</span> <span m='215130'>that</span> <span m='215510'>behavior</span> <span m='216080'>is</span> <span m='216820'>how</span> <span m='217080'>you</span> <span m='217180'>like</span> <span m='217410'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":208199,"video_id":"2707987560001","name":"63946959","duration":218175,"thumbnail_url":null}});