Post-secondary Chemistry Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include instruction in the methods of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. 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:

  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, laboratory performance, assignments, and papers.
  • Supervises students' laboratory work.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and chemical separation.
  • Compiles, administers, and grades examinations, or assigns this work to others.
  • Establishes, teaches, and monitors students' compliance with safety rules for handling chemicals, equipment, and other hazardous materials.
  • Plans, evaluates, and revises curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • Supervises undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Initiates, facilitates, and moderates classroom discussions.

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 use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most 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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