Post-secondary Mathematical Science Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Compiles, administers, and grades examinations, or assigns this work to others.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as linear algebra, differential equations, and discrete mathematics.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Initiates, facilitates, and moderates classroom discussions.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Maintains regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Plans, evaluates, and revises curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • Keeps abreast of developments and technological advances in the mathematical field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

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