College Professors

College professors instruct undergraduate and graduate students in specific subjects at colleges and universities. They lecture classes, lead small seminar groups, and create and grade examinations. They also may conduct research, write for publication, and aid in administration. Approximately 1.5 million postsecondary teachers are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Teach classes at junior colleges or at four-year colleges and universities; lecture students; administer exams; grade papers; lead class discussions
Alternate Title(s) Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Department Chairs, Junior College Instructors, Professors
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Best opportunities are available in urban areas, although jobs can be found throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctorate
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Speech
Experience Student teaching
  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Department Chair
  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Instructor

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