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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

Biology Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$54,495 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $54K
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Biology Teacher Career Path

Learn how to become a Biology Teacher, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Biology Teacher Insights

Read what Biology Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Mad ScienceMad Science
Mad Scientist/Instructor
Dec 1, 2021

“In reality after everything is said and done I was getting paid well under minimum wage.”

Teachers Service Commission
Secondary Biology Teacher
Jul 19, 2021

“Professional support to teachers career development”

Nationwide Building SocietyNationwide Building Society
Jul 21, 2020

“Pay isn't good enough for what we do”

Tapton School
Teacher - Secondary, Biology
Mar 21, 2021

“Mixed classes makes differentiation really challenging”

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

“Not good enough compensation”

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

“Wonderful team to work with.”

Reigate School
Biology Teacher
Jan 15, 2022

“Not huge academic pressure expectations.”

Franklin CollegeFranklin College
Biology Teacher
Feb 12, 2021

“life balance is difficult to maintain.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a biology teacher

When working as a biology teacher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, English Language, External Defibrillator, Enthusiasm, and Written Communication.

The most similar professions to biology teacher are:
  • Physics Teacher
  • Science Teacher
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Math Teacher

The most common qualifications to become a biology teacher include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.