Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary


Also called : Adjunct Mathematics Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Instructor, Math Teacher, Mathematical Sciences Professor, Mathematics Instructor (Math Instructor), Mathematics Lecturer, Ma

What they do


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.

On the job, one would


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

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

  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as linear algebra, differential equations, and discrete mathematics.

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

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

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.

SKILLS


  • Mathematics
    Using mathematics to solve problems.

  • Speaking
    Talking to others to convey information effectively.

  • 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.

  • Instructing
    Teaching others how to do something.

  • Reading Comprehension
    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

ABILITIES


  • Mathematical Reasoning
    The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

  • Number Facility
    The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

  • 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.

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

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

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

  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Self-Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

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

  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

  • Persistence
    Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Analytical or scientific software

  • Calendar and scheduling software

  • Computer based training software

  • Data base user interface and query software

  • Development environment software

  • Electronic mail software

  • Information retrieval or search software

  • Internet browser software

  • Office suite software

  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software

  • Presentation software

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Preparation

    Extensive Preparation Needed

  • Education

    Graduate Degree or higher.

  • Experience

    Extensive skills, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations.

  • Jobtraining

    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.

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