Post-secondary Health Specialties Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

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


A person in this career:

  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Supervises undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Supervises laboratory sessions.
  • Plans, evaluates, and revises curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Compiles, administers, and grades examinations, or assigns this work to others.
  • Maintains regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as public health, stress management, and work site health promotion.

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.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • 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
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • 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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