Career Enjoyment: science teacher
Modern science education has a slightly different emphasis to other forms of teaching, in that it is often more concerned with the methods used for research and discovery than the content of the discovery itself. Science education is viewed as a strategically important area for most education systems, though there is often a shortage of science teachers. This career tends to have salaries in the range £20-40k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has an earnings potential that is near to the national average.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: having responsibility for the success of pupils, helping individuals grow, explaining concepts, autonomy.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: constant interaction with pupils, confrontation, managing students' behaviours, mundane/repetitive.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - science teacher - was 3.4, making it slightly less enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- Slightly more iNtuition than Sensing.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- Slightly more Judgment than Perception.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: solving practical problems; theorising or analysing; working towards ideals.
The job does not involve as much: people wanting things from you.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.