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Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC Code: 25-1022.00

Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Sample of reported job titles: Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Associate Professor, Instructor, Mathematics Instructor (Math Instructor), Mathematics Lecturer, Mathematics Professor, Professor, Professor of Mathematics

Tasks

  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as linear algebra, differential equations, and discrete mathematics.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • Keep abreast of developments and technological advances in the mathematical field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in books, professional journals, or electronic media.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - SAS
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Computer based training software - Blackboard Learn; Learning management system LMS; Moodle; Sakai CLE (see all 6 examples)
  • Data base user interface and query software - Blackboard ; Data entry software ; Microsoft Access ; Structured query language SQL
  • Development environment software - Microsoft Visual Basic ; Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications VBA
  • Electronic mail software - Email software; Microsoft Outlook
  • Information retrieval or search software - DOC Cop; iParadigms Turnitin
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software - Image scanning software
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Collaborative editing software; Google Docs; Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Compact disk players or recorders - Compact disk CD players
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Digital video cameras
  • Digital cameras - Compact digital cameras
  • Digital video disk players or recorders - Digital video disk DVD players
  • Epidiascopes - Opaque projectors
  • Inkjet printers - Poster printers
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser printers - Computer laser printers
  • Liquid crystal display projector - Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Microphone stand - Microphone podiums
  • Microphones - Handheld microphones; Wireless microphones
  • MP3 players or recorders - MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multimedia projectors - Multimedia projection equipment
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Overhead projectors - Overhead data projectors
  • Photocopiers - Photocopying equipment
  • Pocket calculator - Digital calculators
  • Portable data input terminals - Interactive whiteboard controllers; Student response systems
  • Scanners - Computer data input scanners
  • Slide projectors - Carousel slide projectors
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Teleconference equipment - Conference telephones
  • Televisions - Liquid crystal display LCD televisions; Television monitors
  • Touch screen monitors - Interactive whiteboards
  • Videoconferencing systems - Videoconferencing equipment
  • Web cameras - Webcams

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills

  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Abilities

  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • 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.

Interests

  • Interest code: SIA
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 99% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 64% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 77% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 62% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Public Speaking - 54% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 59% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 51% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 70% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 52% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 33% responded “Very important results.”
  • Time Pressure - 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 32% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 35% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 39% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 28% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 45% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 44% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Level of Competition - 33% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Physical Proximity - 37% responded “I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office).”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
60%Doctoral degree
31%Master's degree
7%Post-doctoral training

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $70,910 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 61,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 5,300

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