Share your love of science with others. Science educators are needed to break down complicated scientific concepts into simple ideas for the broader community. Work as a K-12 teacher to inspire future scientists, or take the nontraditional route by working for a museum, camp or enrichment program. Other organizations and nonprofits need outreach coordinators and event planners to raise awareness and make science relevant to the public.
- Boston University: 2016 Workforce Data for Teaching Careers
- The Wayne State University BEST program Phase I panel discussion: Teaching. Panelists – WSU alumni, industry and internship partners, and WSU faculty – whose work is at the intersection of science and teaching share a range of insights including course and assignment development, teaching strategies, teacher/student interaction, and the variety of opportunities available in the field.
Sample Job Titles
Community relations manager/specialist
Museum educator/exhibit developer
What did you do as a trainee to prepare for your current career?
My undergraduate and graduate education has provided a strong foundation of content knowledge in biological and chemical science. Following completion of my PhD at the University of Chicago, I received substantial pedagogy training and experience through the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.
What are the typical things your job entails each day?
Teaching requires careful development and continuous modifications to the syllabus for each content area. Developing, implementing, and assessing the success of meaningful lessons are aspects of the daily activities of teaching.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Unquestionably, the most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing young students’ eyes light up as they comprehend science concepts. In secondary education, Biology and Chemistry (and Physics) are required courses, so many students are initially reluctant or apprehensive about tackling some of the challenging concepts. You see the student(s) struggle, often get frustrated, and finally the glow of pride when they grasp the given topic. There is rapid and observable cognitive growth at this level.
Interview courtesy of the University of Chicago.