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Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

Overview
Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Experience

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

Education

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Job Training

Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Examples

These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, neurologists, and veterinarians.

Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $43K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $63K
Median Salary: $99K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $164K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $208K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.

Supervise laboratory sessions.

Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as public health, stress management, and work site health promotion.

Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.

Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.

Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

Act as advisers to student organizations.

Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Participate in campus and community events.

Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
SAS
Calendar and scheduling software
Calendar and scheduling software
Compliance software
Material safety data sheet MSDS software
Computer based training software
Articulate Rapid E-Learning Studio
Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Graphics or photo imaging software
TechSmith Snagit
Information retrieval or search software
DOC Cop
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Map creation software
Geographic information system GIS software
Medical software
Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS
Multi-media educational software
Turning Technologies TurningPoint
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
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Overhead data projectors
Cleaning and janitorial supplies
Spill cleanup kits
Communications Devices and Accessories
Multi-line telephone systems
Components for information technology or broadcasting or telecommunications
Universal serial bus USB flash drives
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Virtual reality augmented cycling kits VRACK
Consumer electronics
Compact disk CD players
Data Voice or Multimedia Network Equipment or Platforms and Accessories
Conference telephones
Dental equipment and supplies
Vacuum formers
Emergency and field medical services products
Emergency first aid kits
Fitness equipment
Recumbent exercise bicycles
Independent living aids for the physically challenged
Walkers
Industrial process machinery and equipment and supplies
Micro-etchers
Laboratory and scientific equipment
Microhematocrit centrifuges
Laboratory supplies and fixtures
Pipetting devices
Material handling machinery and equipment
Equipment dollies
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Step monitoring devices
Medical apparel and textiles
Protective medical face masks
Medical diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine products
Intraoperative ultrasound monitors
Medical facility products
Rotating bed
Medical sterilization products
Pressure steam autoclaves
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Photocopying equipment
Orthopedic and prosthetic and sports medicine products
Back support braces
Other sports
Medicine balls
Patient care and treatment products and supplies
Therapeutic cold packs
Patient exam and monitoring products
Mechanical stethoscopes
Personal safety and protection
Emergency eyewash stations
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Webcams
Physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation products
Parallel bars
Postmortem and mortuary equipment and supplies
Microdissection systems
Respiratory and anesthesia and resuscitation products
Oxygen tanks
Surgical products
Video endoscopy equipment
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Education and Training
94%
Importance

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
93%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Biology
87%
Importance

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Medicine and Dentistry
85%
Importance

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Psychology
76%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Clerical
75%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Administration and Management
74%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Computers and Electronics
74%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Public Safety and Security
69%
Importance

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Customer and Personal Service
68%
Importance

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.

Top 10 Skills
Instructing
83%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Reading Comprehension
83%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking
83%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning
80%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Active Listening
80%
Importance

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.

Critical Thinking
80%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Learning Strategies
80%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Writing
80%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Judgment and Decision Making
78%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Complex Problem Solving
75%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Expression
95%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Comprehension
83%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Oral Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Speech Clarity
80%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Written Expression
80%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Deductive Reasoning
78%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Near Vision
70%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Speech Recognition
68%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Problem Sensitivity
65%
Importance

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.

Top 10 Work Activities
Training and Teaching Others
92%
Importance

Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
92%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Getting Information
90%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Interacting With Computers
89%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Thinking Creatively
86%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
85%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
84%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
83%
Importance

Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
81%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
81%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Detailed Work Activities

Develop instructional materials.

Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.

Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.

Evaluate student work.

Supervise laboratory work.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Maintain student records.

Guide class discussions.

Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.

Develop instructional objectives.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Promote educational institutions or programs.

Perform student enrollment or registration activities.

Select educational materials or equipment.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Research topics in area of expertise.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.

Plan community programs or activities for the general public.

Teach physical science or mathematics courses at the college level.

Direct department activities.

Write grant proposals.

Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.

Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.

Work Context
Face-to-Face Discussions

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Electronic Mail

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Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Deal With External Customers

How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Education
Majors
Major
Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology
Gerontology
Nutrition Sciences
Research and Experimental Psychology
Public Policy Analysis
Chiropractic
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services
Dentistry
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences
Dental Support Services and Allied Professions
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions
Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration
Public Health
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions
Health Professions Education, Ethics, and Humanities
Somatic Bodywork and Related Therapeutic Services
Movement and Mind-Body Therapies and Education
Combined Medical Residency/Fellowship Programs
Multiple-Pathway Medical Fellowship Programs
Allergy and Immunology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Anesthesiology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Dermatology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Emergency Medicine Residency/Fellowship Programs
Family Medicine Residency/Fellowship Programs
Internal Medicine Residency/Fellowship Programs
Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency/Fellowship Programs
Neurological Surgery Residency/Fellowship Programs
Neurology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Nuclear Medicine Residency/Fellowship Programs
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Ophthalmology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Orthopedic Surgery Residency/Fellowship Programs
Osteopathic Medicine Residency/Fellowship Programs
Otolaryngology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Pathology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Pediatrics Residency/Fellowship Programs
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency/Fellowship Programs
Plastic Surgery Residency/Fellowship Programs
Podiatric Medicine Residency/Fellowship Programs
Preventive Medicine Residency/Fellowship Programs
Psychiatry Residency/Fellowship Programs
Radiation Oncology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Radiology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Surgery Residency/Fellowship Programs
Urology Residency/Fellowship Programs
Medical Residency/Fellowship Programs, Other
Interests
Social
96%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Investigative
86%
Importance

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
53%
Importance

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
39%
Importance

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.

Enterprising
34%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Realistic
24%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Integrity
92%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Cooperation
90%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Leadership
89%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Initiative
88%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Concern for Others
87%
Importance

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Dependability
87%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Persistence
87%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Attention to Detail
86%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Achievement/Effort
85%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Analytical Thinking
85%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values
Working Conditions
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Achievement
81%
Importance

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
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Recognition
81%
Importance

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.

Relationships
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support
48%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.