Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
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Overview
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Teach courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include providing 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.
Titles for this career often contain these words
ProfessorTeacherInstructorFacultyMemberCollegeInorganicOrganicPhysicalAdjunctAnalyticalAssistantAssociateBiochemistryChemicalEducatorLabIndustrialLecturerPharmacognosyPhytochemistryUniversity
Education
About 79% of postsecondary teachers have a graduate-level education, and 94% have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by postsecondary teachers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with graduate degrees
More postsecondary teachers have graduate degrees than 97% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Postsecondary chemistry teachers, with 26,700 workers, form a smaller workforce than 68% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for postsecondary chemistry teachers are expected to grow by 6%, and should have about 2,400 job openings a year.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for postsecondary chemistry teachers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most postsecondary chemistry teachers earn.
$80K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Gender
Women account for 49% of postsecondary teachers -- that's a larger percentage than 60% of other jobs.
Gender of postsecondary teachers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For postsecondary teachers, the median men's salary was 12% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 22% of postsecondary teachers are minority, and 23% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of postsecondary teachers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (23%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Context: workers are union members
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of postsecondary chemistry teachers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (77%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (61%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (61%)
  • Time Pressure (58%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (38%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do postsecondary teachers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (postsecondary chemistry teachers). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for postsecondary chemistry teachers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers. This view of salaries is only available for all postsecondary teachers.
Distribution: Salaries for postsecondary teachers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Postsecondary teachers and assistants: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $41KAll jobs' median $45K$43K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire postsecondary chemistry teachers.
Employers of Postsecondary Teachers (ACS)
Private for-profit (20.6%)
Private not-for-profit (28.2%)
Local government (6.2%)
State government (43.2%)
Federal government (1.1%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.3%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.4%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of postsecondary teachers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of postsecondary teachers, which combines the 37 specialties for this career.
$64K$68K$67K$53K$64K$54K$74K$40K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of postsecondary chemistry teachers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty postsecondary chemistry teachers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$80K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000All

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for postsecondary teachers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
$77K$81K$75K$64K$81K$49K$69K$31K$23K$0$50K$100K$150K20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Postsecondary teachers and gender

With 49% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 60% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Postsecondary teachers
Men (51%)
Women (49%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%. The situation is a little better for postsecondary teachers, with the median salary for men 12% higher than the median salary for women.

$61K$68K$0$50K$100K$150KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Postsecondary teachers have one of the smaller inequity calculations, with the increase for men's median salary over women's median salary in this job lower than that for 62% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of postsecondary teachers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. The percentage of minority postsecondary teachers falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of postsecondary teachers
White (77% )
Asian (12% )
Black (6% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Hispanic (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for postsecondary teachers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$50K$57K$58K$63K$63K$64K$65K$0$50K$100K$150KOtherMultiracialBlackAsianHispanicAmerican IndianWhite
Distribution: Salaries for postsecondary teachers by nativity
$64K$67K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Postsecondary teachers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 29% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 83% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time postsecondary teachers is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by postsecondary chemistry teachers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), postsecondary chemistry teachers typically hold a doctoral or professional degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as postsecondary teachers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for postsecondary chemistry teachers

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years to complete, and students must already possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree before enrolling in a doctoral program. Doctoral students spend time writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, some fields have more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for postsecondary chemistry teachers

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Education attained by postsecondary teachers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for postsecondary teachers? Below we see the distribution of postsecondary teachers salaries based on the education attained.

$55K$41K$37K$48K$40K$54K$79K$82K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (0%)High School (1%)Some College (2%)Associate's/Cert. (2%)Bachelor's Degree (15%)Master's Degree (29%)Professional Degree (6%)Doctorate (45%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

College majors held by postsecondary teachers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as postsecondary teachers.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Percentage of Postsecondary teachers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers

With the following sankey diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as postsecondary teachers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. We hope this provides ideas for similar jobs and similar fields of study.

PhysiciansPostsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersElementary and Middle Sch...DentistsRegistered NursesSpecialized Physical Scie...Specialized Life Scientis...Medical and Clinical Labo...PharmacistsLawyers, and judges, magi...Secondary School TeachersEducation and childcare a...EditorsWriters and AuthorsSecretaries and Administr...First-Line Supervisors of...Specialized Social Worker...Educational, Guidance, an...Specialized PsychologistsLabor Relations Specialis...Software DevelopersComputer ProgrammersComputer and Information ...Computer Systems AnalystsActuariesManagement AnalystsChemists and materials sc...Nurse Practitioners and N...Medical and Health Servic...Nurse AnesthetistsNursing AssistantsLicensed Practical and Li...Chief executives and legi...Wholesale and Manufacturi...Special Education Teacher...Preschool and Kindergarte...Teaching AssistantsSpecialized EngineersAstronomers and physicist...Financial ManagersParalegals and Legal Assi...BiologyEnglish Language andLiteraturePsychologyMathematicsChemistryNursingHistoryGeneral EducationPhysicsPolitical Science andGovernmentAll other degreesThis jobTop 10 majorsEach major's top ten jobs
What college major is your best entry?

About 94% of people working as postsecondary teachers have at least a bachelor's degree. Each dot represents a college major leading to these jobs, with the dots to the right representing the majors sending the most of their grads into this career. The dots at the top are the majors who earn the most working in this career.

Darker colors have a larger percentage with graduate degreesOverall median salary0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%6.0%7.0%Percentage with this major$30,000$40,000$50,000$60,000$70,000$80,000$90,000$100,000Median salary with this major
Switching Careers
The most common next careers for postsecondary teachers

What jobs will most postsecondary teachers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of postsecondary teachers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Postsecondary teachers and assistantsElementary and Middle School School TeachersSpecialized Teachers and InstructorsChildcare WorkersEducation and childcare administratorsSpecial Education TeachersPreschool and Kindergarten Teachers
Lateral job transitions for postsecondary teachers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 6 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as postsecondary teachers as well as 1% of respondents after working as postsecondary teachers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for postsecondary teachers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as postsecondary teachers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of postsecondary teachers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most postsecondary chemistry teachers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as postsecondary chemistry teachers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all postsecondary teachers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where postsecondary chemistry teachers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for postsecondary teachers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for postsecondary teachers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all postsecondary teachers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which postsecondary chemistry teachers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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How should the career similarity be computed?

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

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  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?