Chemistry Teacher Job Profile

A career as a chemistry teacher can lead to advancement, as well as higher pay with more experience in the K-12 system. Chemistry teachers may work with younger students in generalized science. Chemistry teachers may also teach advanced courses in the specific subject area of chemistry in high schools, both public and private. Private, advanced learning academies may also offer discipline-specific chemistry courses to young students.

Chemistry Teacher Jobs

Chemistry teachers who hold State licensing and educational requirements may work with students from grades K-12. Graduate study in chemistry allows graduates the opportunity to teach chemistry in higher education at the college and university legal. A master's degree, for example, may be required to teach at community colleges.

Licensing and Education

Chemistry teachers who work with students in secondary education (middle school and high school years), are usually required to hold at least a bachelor's degree or master's degree. Some States may require different educational standards as far as licensing is concerned. Holding a master's degree in education may lead to more jobs, or less options depending on pay available for teachers with graduate degrees in the area of employment. Chemistry teachers may hold bachelor's degrees in science, with certifications in education or master's degree in education. Combined programs in science and education are fairly typical. Areas of science study may include chemistry, generalized science, biochemistry and related subject areas. Generally, to teach specialized chemistry courses, a bachelor's degree in the field is required by educational employers.


Chemistry teacher job responsibilities include, primarily, teaching, grading papers, performing educational evaluations of student learning in the form of assignments, tests and standardized assessments and conferring with administrative officials as to teaching guidelines. School chemistry teachers are required to develop curricula that adequately meets Federal learning objectives for students by grade level in the United States. Chemistry teachers may also teach high school chemistry classes that are meant to lead to examination for college credit. Continuing education may required for this job option.


Chemistry teachers have the opportunity to advance to pursuing graduate study. In order to become a chemistry professor at a university, a Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Chemistry professors at community colleges may only hold a master's degree. Chemistry professors are responsible for teaching, measuring learning, grading performance, developing curricula according to institutional standards and consulting with students. Chemistry professors also have the added responsibility or mentoring developing chemistry students in the form of research guidance, letters of recommendation and individualized recommendations for learning, such as a consultation with a student that leads to a suggestion that the student see a counselor at school for problems concentrating. Chemistry professors may also be required to publish their research in academic, peer-reviewed journals and to do some amount of civil service each year.


Public and private school teachers of science and chemistry, specifically, in grades K-12 generally earn between $30,000 and $40,000 per year. In the United States, teacher salary in the public school system is largely depending upon State funding policies, not Federal educations standards. College and university chemistry professors may earn between $40,000 and $70,000, in general.