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Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary Teachers
Quick Facts : Postsecondary Teachers*
2010 Median Pay$62,050
Entry Level EducationDoctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,756,000
Job Outlook17% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change305,700

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide range of academic and vocational subjects above high school level. They help them gain theoretical and practical knowledge as well as conduct research and publish scholarly documents.

What Postsecondary Teachers Do

  • Advise students about which classes to take and how to achieve their goals
  • Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field
  • Conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in their field
  • Supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees
  • Publish original research and analysis in books and academic journals

Work Environment

Postsecondary teachers work in public and private colleges and universities, professional schools, junior or community colleges, and career and vocational schools. Outside of class time, their schedules are generally flexible.
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Job Outlook

Employment of postsecondary teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020 as enrollments at postsecondary institutions continue to rise.
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The average salary of postsecondary teachers was $62,050 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Postsecondary Teachers

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In technical and trade schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.
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