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Careers for Science Education (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science) MA Program Graduates

Common job titles

  • Career and technical education teacher
  • College professor
  • Elementary, middle or high school teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Librarian

Job outlook data

College-level biology teachers held around 50,800 jobs, high school teachers held around 962,000 jobs and middle school teachers held around 628,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of college-level biology teachers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, while employment of all K-12 teachers is projected to grow 6 percent.

Although employment growth in the field will vary by region (opportunities will be greater in rural and urban school districts), overall growth will be influenced by larger class sizes and school enrollment rate. From 2014 to 2024, the average classroom size is expected to increase, meaning that each teacher is responsible for more students. Because a significant number of older teachers will reach retirement age over the next decade, new teachers will have access to many job openings.

A greater number of people looking to obtain a college or higher education degree will also create additional jobs for science educators.

Where can I work with this major?

Employers of Science Education degree holders include:

  • Elementary, middle and high schools
  • Colleges, universities and professional schools
  • Technical and trade schools


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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Teachers, High School Teachers, Occupational Employment StatisticsOccupational Employment and Wages, May 2016 25-1042 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary.

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