College Professor / Instructor Career

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College Professor / Instructor

Career Area: Education and Training

Occupation Group: College Professors

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical College Professor / Instructor earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $75,517

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $87,278

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Teaches students beyond the high school level, including undergraduate and graduate students. Teaches subjects ranging from liberal arts (literature, history, languages) to sciences, mathematics, business, art., music or technology. Conducts research and supervises student research. Teaches at a public or private college, in a two year or four year degree program.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina7030+8.9%
Nationwide191361+9.4%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every College Professor / Instructor is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Research: Research comprises creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications. It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: A Collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared or overlapping objectives.
  • Writing: Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols.
  • English: English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Teaching: Working experience of teaching, which is defined as imparting knowledge to an individual or class, or instruct someone as to how to do something.
  • Scheduling: A schedule or a timetable, as a basic time-management tool, consists of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place, or of a sequence of events in the chronological order in which such things are intended to take place.
  • Lecturer: In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a lecturer holds an open-ended, tenure-track or tenured position at a university or similar institution, and is often an academic at an early career stage who teaches, conducts research, and leads research groups.
  • Curriculum Development: Curriculum development is a process of improving the curriculum.
  • Lesson Planning: A lesson plan is a teacher's detailed description of the course of instruction for a lesson.

Distinguishing Skills

Any College Professor / Instructor that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Lecturer: In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a lecturer holds an open-ended, tenure-track or tenured position at a university or similar institution, and is often an academic at an early career stage who teaches, conducts research, and leads research groups.
  • Curriculum Development: Curriculum development is a process of improving the curriculum.
  • Lesson Planning: A lesson plan is a teacher's detailed description of the course of instruction for a lesson.
  • Academic Advisement: Academic advising is, according to the National Academic Advising Association, a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes.
  • Biology: Biology is the natural science that involves the study of life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree13%
Master's Degree63%
Doctoral Degree24%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years44%
3 to 5 years45%
6 to 8 years7%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Instructor
  • Assistant Professor
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  • Tts Field Instructor
  • Lecturer

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