What does a Physics Teacher do?

Physics teachers provide instruction on the subject of physics, generally at the high school level. This instruction may occur in a physical classroom or remotely through a virtual learning platform. They may also teach other science subjects, as well. They create and implement lesson plans based on the designated curriculum. They explain concepts and theories. They develop instructional methods designed to make the material interesting and relevant to students of that age group. They maintain student records and review assignments and examinations to evaluate progress.

Physics teachers typically have a master’s degree in science, physics, or education, although a bachelor’s degree may be acceptable. They should have in-depth knowledge in the subject area of physics. They must have a valid teaching license or certificate in their state.

What responsibilities are common for Physics Teacher jobs?
  • Keep accurate and appropriate records in accordance with departmental policies.
  • Refer student to appropriate student and academic support services available.
  • Assess students' progress based on participation, performance in class, assignments, and examinations.
  • Report student learning outcomes, class reviews, and analyze student data.
  • Employ appropriate assessment techniques to measure students' performance in achieving course goals and objectives.
  • Teach assigned courses as scheduled and assumes primary responsibility for and exercises oversight of the curriculum in conjunction with the Department's policies, ensuring both the rigor of programs and the quality of instruction.
  • Maintain attendance records, determine and submit grades timely, and in accordance with established policies and procedures of the College, and communicate progress feedback as well as other relevant information to students throughout the semester.
  • Review/refine a class syllabus to include instructor-specific contact information and course policies and ensuring that the syllabus meets department and college standards.
  • Duties include a flexible schedule of lecture and laboratory, and may involve split teaching shifts or routine travel between campus locations.
  • 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 area.
What are the typical qualifications for Physics Teacher jobs?
  • Graduate's or Doctorate's Degree in physics and certification to teach.
  • 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.
  • Comfortable with problem analysis and program design tasks and exercises.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Physics Teacher make?

$56,293 /yr
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Physics Teacher Career Path

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

Entry Level Physics Teacher
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Read what Physics Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Physics Mentor
Aug 14, 2021

“I enjoyed interacting with students and the management was quick in scheduling classes and solving any issues related to classes.”

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PGT Physics
Feb 12, 2022

“Good career development and”

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Dec 21, 2020

“Organized work and job duties.”

CUNY (City University of New York)CUNY (City University of New York)
Physics Lab TA
Nov 17, 2022

“I really liked my students and Claude is great at providing help.”

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Nov 15, 2021

“Nice working place but not all are good .”

Digital AristotleDigital Aristotle
Physics Teacher
Feb 15, 2021

“Nice place to work and learn.”

Physics Mentor
Jun 12, 2022

“No cons only payscale was little less but overall recommended”

St George's CollegeSt George's College
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Jul 18, 2021

“Great people to work with”

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When working as a Physics Teacher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, Enthusiasm, Microsoft Office Suite, Written Communication, and Professional Writing.

The most similar professions to Physics Teacher are:
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  • Substitute Teacher
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  • Math Teacher

The most common qualifications to become a Physics 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.

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