Chemistry Teacher

Educate high school students about chemicals and interactions.

What does a Chemistry Teacher do?

A Chemistry Teacher teaches high school students about chemicals. The ingredients in your average processed snack food—niacin, thiamine mononitrate, calcium phosphate, and monoglycerides—might as well be Chinese to most people. But Chemistry Teachers know exactly what they are, and they’re paid to teach it to others.

Specifically, when you’re a Chemistry Teacher, you’re a Science Teacher who specializes in the branch of science that deals with the composition of physical substances, and with the interactions between them. Among the concepts you might teach, for instance, are atoms (including protons, neutrons, and electrons), elements (such as hydrogen and oxygen), and chemical reactions (like the fizzy eruption that occurs when you combine baking soda with vinegar).

Although your subject matter is scientific, your job description is more ” Teacher ” than ” Chemist. ” Like other Educators, for instance, your responsibilities include creating daily lesson plans, delivering lectures, assigning and grading homework, giving tests, meeting with parents, and supervising students.

Still, because you’re a Science Teacher, your job is a little more interesting than that of your peers in the English department. In addition to lectures, for instance, you get to oversee labs and design hands-on experiments with your students in order to illustrate the concepts you’re teaching them. The upside: Chemical volcanos are fun. The downside: They’re also messy—and you’re in charge of the cleanup!