What advice do you have for an upcoming chemist/ chemistry teacher?
i want to know if this is a field many go into, and what the benefits and the disadvantages are in either of these positions. #chemistry #teacher #education #research
As a teacher myself I can honestly say that maths and science are hugely underrepresented and there is ALWAYS a huge need for teachers of these subjects. You would easily get jobs in the UK, NZ, Australia with a chemistry teaching qualification. I don’t know about the US but I imagine it would be similar. If you want to teach at high school you could either get a chemistry degree and then a teaching diploma, or a straight teaching degree. Otherwise you’d need a Masters and probably PhD to teach at university.
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I am a science teacher in the US. Tamasyn's assertion that you would get a position as a teacher very quickly is also true in the US. Sciences and Mathematics are sorely underrepresented, especially in Title 1 schools. Depending upon your location, your salary may not be what a starting chemist's would be in the private sector. Obviously, being a chemist in the private sector has more monetary potential, but nothing compares to being able to share the subject you are passionate about with students. Plus, being a teacher comes with security that you may not get as a chemist.
In the US, you don't need a Master's in Chemistry to teach it, but I would suggest it. You get an increase in salary for the Master's. Also, you can teach as an Adjunct Professor at state colleges (non-tenure positions). Plus, if teaching did not turn out to be what you loved, the Master's in Chemistry would prove very useful in a career transition. If you decide at some point that you wanted to move forward in the education field, an EdD (Doctorate in Education) would be necessary. But get the Master's Degree in Chemistry right away. Don't work and then go back. It is infinitely harder to do that after working for a few years, starting a family, maybe buying a house, and getting used to a paycheck.
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