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Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, & Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Assistant Professor, Geology Professor, Professor, Research Professor

What they do:
Teach 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.


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


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


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


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Independence
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Tecplot software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • ACD Systems Canvas
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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