Post-secondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches courses in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics. 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:

  • Keeps abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Conducts research in a particular field of knowledge and publishes findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Writes grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Supervises undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Compiles, administers, and grades examinations, or assigns this work to others.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as structural geology, micrometeorology, and atmospheric thermodynamics.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Supervises laboratory work and field work.

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 requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting 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

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Assistant Professor --
  • Associate Professor --
  • Associate Professor of Geology --
  • Astronomy Professor --
  • Atmospheric Sciences Professor --
  • Earth Science Professor --
  • Geology Professor --
  • Oceanic Sciences Professor --
  • Professor --
  • Research Professor --