What does a Biology Teacher do?

Biology teachers work in middle or high schools and help students learn about all living organisms’ origin, distribution, structure, and function. They prepare and deliver engaging biology lessons to a student body comprised of different backgrounds, interests, and abilities. They monitor student performance and adjust teaching strategies and techniques to improve content and subject delivery. They establish rules in the classroom, laboratory, and any field trips to ensure all students understand and accept them, emphasizing safety in the lab and during laboratory experiments.

Biology teachers prepare exams, assessments, and experiments following curriculum guidelines and standards of their states and communicate any issues to a parent, counselor, or other relevant staff members. They attend school events and club meetings, and staff meetings when required and represent the school at conferences, workshops, and other networking events. Biology teachers need a degree in biology or science and teaching certification.

What responsibilities are common for Biology Teacher jobs?
  • Maintain a positive, accepting attitude in working with students.
  • Cooperate with school personnel in providing for student welfare.
  • Cooperate with and support the co-curricular activities provided for students.
  • Perform other appropriate duties as assigned by the principal.
  • Ensure student learning outcomes are attained and appropriately recorded.
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by attending staff development training, workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • Ensure safety and security requirements are met in the classroom and laboratory.
  • Implement district instructional program and educational philosophy in the subject area or grade level designated in accordance with district goals, policies and procedures.
  • Administer the classroom to create an environment conducive to learning.
  • Work with team leaders, department chair and principal to benefit from evaluation by using strengths and improving areas of need.
What are the typical qualifications for Biology Teacher jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in biology, life sciences, or natural sciences and certification to teach biology.
  • A leader, critical thinker, and excellent communicator.
  • Collaboration and time management skills alongside adaptability and continuous improvement.
  • Can conduct lectures and labs with confidence and assist students in need.
  • Is a professional at all times.
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Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does a Biology Teacher make?

Confident
$55,572 /yr
Total Pay
$52,507
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$3,065
 /yr

Additional Pay

$55,572

 / yr
$37K$83K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Biology Teacher Career Path

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Biology Teacher

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
47%
2 - 4
21%
5 - 7
2%
8+
30%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Biology Teacher Insights

Read what Biology Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Wirral Grammar School for GirlsWirral Grammar School for Girls
High School Biology Teacher
Jul 15, 2022

“not enough professional development offered”

Stella MarisStella Maris
Chemistry Band Biology Teacher
Dec 26, 2021

“Does not pay good salary”

Tapton SchoolTapton School
Teacher - Secondary, Biology
Mar 21, 2021

“Mixed classes makes differentiation really challenging”

Teachers Service Commission
Secondary Biology Teacher
Jul 19, 2021

“Professional support to teachers career development”

IDEA Public SchoolsIDEA Public Schools
Secondary Biology Teacher
Apr 19, 2021

“Not good enough compensation”

Franklin CollegeFranklin College
Biology Teacher
Feb 12, 2021

“life balance is difficult to maintain.”

Reigate SchoolReigate School
Biology Teacher
Jan 15, 2022

“Not huge academic pressure expectations.”

Benson Unified School DistrictBenson Unified School District
High School Biology Teacher
Nov 7, 2021

“Wonderful team to work with.”

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