CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research. Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
 
Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as quantum mechanics, particle physics, and optics.
 
Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
 
Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
 
Supervise students' laboratory work.
 
Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
 
Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
 
Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
 
Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
 
Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
 
Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
 
Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
 
Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
 
Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
 
Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
 
Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
 
Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
 
Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
 
Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
 
Act as advisers to student organizations.
 
Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
 
Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
 
Participate in campus and community events.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
 
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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
 
 
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