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Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Biological Sciences Professor, Biology Instructor, Biology Professor, Professor

What they do:
Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as molecular biology, marine biology, and botany.
  • Prepare materials for laboratory activities and course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.


Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
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
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Learning management system LMS software
Word processing software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google Docs


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

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