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Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Mathematics Professor, Professor, Mathematics Instructor (Math Instructor), Instructor

What they do:
Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
On the job, you would:
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as linear algebra, differential equations, and discrete mathematics.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using math to solve problems
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • teaching people how to do something
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Independence
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Attention to Detail

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Word processing software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google Docs
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Access

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$64,990
per year, on average
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