Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Professors


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+9.5% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral Degree


What Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Professors Do

Teach courses in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Other Job Titles Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Professors May Have

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Geology, Astronomy Professor, Atmospheric Sciences Professor, Earth Science Professor, Geology Professor, Oceanic Sciences Professor, Professor, Research Professor

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Marine Sciences Professor ,

Orange Coast College

I teach a vareity of marine science and ecology classes so my daily tasks can be different based off of what subject I am teaching. Since I teach at the community college level, my main task every day is to figure out how to communicate the different subject areas effectively to students who are new to college or may have never had any exposure to these topics. Other daily tasks also include creating lesson plans and syllabi for my classes and grading papers.

Associate Professor, Geology & Geophysics ,

University of Utah

I get to the office and prep my lessons for an hour or two and then go on to teach class. I usually like to be done teaching by noon and use the afternoons to meet with students (mostly graduate students) to advise them. I edit and write papers for publication in journals. I also write grant proposals. I go to committee meetings and attend lectures. Additionally, I travel about every other month for research, either for conferences, field work, or collaboration.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as structural geology, micrometeorology, and atmospheric thermodynamics.

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