Education and Training
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Teaches in the natural science fields for elementary to secondary school students. Most science courses taught prior to high school are general, with specialization occurring later in high school. Teachers may teach specialized courses in physics, biology or chemistry. Other topics taught include physical science, computer science, astronomy, and geology.
There were 1796 Science Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 30583 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Science Teacher industry, which includes the Science Teacher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Science Teacher jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $47,963.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $44,286.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Science Teacher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $42,959.
Education and Experience
Posted Science Teacher jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Science Teacher jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||75%|
|3 to 5 years||19%|
|6 to 8 years||2%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Science Teacher positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (32%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (22%)
- Planning (22%)
- Building Effective Relationships (16%)
- Physical Abilities (15%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Teaching (98%)
- Lesson Planning (27%)
- Biology (21%)
- Special Education (10%)
- Tutoring (10%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Chemistry (19%)
- Physics (13%)
- Progress Reports (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Group Instruction (5%)
- Assessment Data (5%)
- Curriculum Development (3%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Science Teacher skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Middle School Science Teacher
- High School Science Teacher
- Biology Teacher
- Chemistry Teacher
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Math Teacher
- History / Social Studies Teacher
- Physical Education Teacher
- English / Language Arts Teacher
- Elementary School Teacher
- Middle / High School Teacher
- Reading Teacher
Here are the employers that have posted the most Science Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- C2Educate (433)
- Clark County School District (278)
- C2 Education (273)
- Idea Public Schools (248)
- Boston Public Schools (230)
- Durham Public Schools (61)
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (60)
- Union County Public Schools (54)
- Winston Salem County Schools (41)
- Wake County Schools (32)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
All wages, job posting statistics, employment trend projections, and information about skill desirability on this page represents historical data and does not guarantee future conditions. Data is provided by and downloaded regularly from EMSI Burning Glass (now Lightcast). For more information about how they gather data and what it represents, see Emsi Burning Glass Data Basic Overview.