Physics Teaching Careers

Job Opportunities: The current shortage of high school physics educators will continue into the foreseeable future. Highly qualified candidates can expect multiple job offers and the ability to pick the location and school district (suburban, rural, urban) of their choosing.
Salary: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), elementary school teachers made an average annual salary of $55,270 during 2011 and secondary educators made $56,760. In the same year, the average annual salary of post-secondary school physics teachers in Arizona was $93,710; whereas the national mean annual wage was $86,730, according to the BLS (
Job Market: Should you choose to teach high school physics, the BLS projected that from 2010-2020, the number of secondary school teaching positions in all subjects would grow by about seven percent.  Over the same time frame, the BLS projected an increase of 17% across all academic disciplines (
To get a better understanding of what it is like to be a physics educator, talk to a physics teacher. PhysTEC at Arizona State University has a Teacher in Residence (TIR), a master of high school physics education who is here to answer any questions you may have. Our current TIR, Kelli Gamez-Warble, has taught high school physics and mathematics in the Phoenix area since 1993 and has been heavily involved in teacher education and professional development. Please email Kelli at or stop by her office in Bateman Physical Sciences H-Wing, room 560.

Arizona State University, P.O. Box 871504, Tempe, AZ 85287-1504

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