A science teacher is a teacher who specializes in a scientific subject – the particular subjects included in this are quite a lot, from physics to biology and chemistry. Science teachers work similarly to most other teachers, giving students theoretical knowledge about the subject but also preparing them in practice by allowing them to take part in experiments and various projects related to the subject. Some science teachers teach a more general subject actually called “Science”, which combines the important aspects of all science-related subjects in general.
Science teachers must have at least a Master’s degree in their respective field, and some more renowned schools are only looking to hire candidates with Doctorates (though this mostly concerns exceptional private schools that can appropriately compensate a science teacher with such a degree, as otherwise candidates head towards university employment). Science teachers usually have good prospects for career development.
Like most teachers, a science teacher can earn a moderately good salary, with the median for 2009 being $53,000. The salary is mostly influenced by the place of employment – and some renowned private schools are certainly able to pay significantly more than the market average – as well as the experience of the teacher – those who’ve built up a solid degree of expertise and are able to explain well to their students are usually able to earn significantly more than the market average as well. In general, the job has some good prospects for career advancement and development.