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Working As an Adjunct Faculty

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $73,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Adjunct Faculty Do

Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Duties

Career and technical education teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans and assignments
  • Instruct students on how to develop certain skills
  • Show how to apply classroom knowledge through hands-on activities
  • Demonstrate and supervise the safe and proper use of tools and equipment
  • Monitor students’ progress, assign tasks, and grade assignments
  • Discuss students’ progress with parents, students, and counselors
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and safety procedures

Career and technical education teachers help students explore and prepare to enter a specific occupation, in fields such as healthcare or information technology. They use a variety of teaching techniques to help students learn and develop skills related to a specific career or field of study. They demonstrate tasks, techniques, and tools used in an occupation. They may assign hands-on tasks, such as replacing brakes on cars, taking blood pressure, or recording vital signs. Teachers typically oversee these tasks in workshops and laboratories in the school.

Some teachers establish relationships with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide practical work experience for students. They also serve as advisers to students participating in career and technical student organizations.

The specific duties of career and technical education teachers vary by the grade and subject they teach. In middle schools and high schools, they teach general concepts in a classroom and through practical exercises in workshops and laboratories.

In postsecondary schools, they teach specific career skills that help students earn a certificate, diploma, or an associate’s degree, and prepare them for a specific job. For example, welding instructors teach students various welding techniques and essential safety practices. They also monitor the use of tools and equipment, and have students practice procedures until they meet the specific standards required by the trade.

In most states, teachers in middle and high schools instruct one subject within the 16 major career fields, also known as Career Clusters. For example, the career cluster known as architecture and construction includes instruction in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining structures.

Teachers instructing courses in agricultural, food, and natural resources teach topics such as agricultural production; agriculture-related business; veterinary science; and plant, animal, and food systems. For example, they may have students plant and care for crops and tend to animals so that students can apply what they have learned in the classroom.

Career and technical education teachers in hospitality and tourism teach students in subjects such as nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel lodging. For example, teachers may instruct and supervise students in creating menus and preparing food.

Some teach the skills necessary to work as technicians and assistants, such as nursing and dental assistants in health-science occupations.

For information on all 16 major Career Clusters and programs in all other states, visit National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

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How To Become An Adjunct Faculty

Career and technical education teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. They also need work experience in the subject they teach. Some teachers, particularly those in public schools, also may be required to have a state-issued certification or license. Requirements for certification vary by state.

Education

Career and technical education teachers in public schools generally need a bachelor’s degree in the field they teach, such as agriculture, engineering, or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many career and technical education teachers need work experience in the field they teach. For example, automotive mechanics, chefs, and nurses typically spend years in their career before moving into teaching.

Training

Some states require prospective career and technical education teachers to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, prospective teachers gain experience in preparing lessons and teaching students under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

States may require career and technical education teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Requirements for certification vary by state. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Certification typically requires completing a student teaching program and a bachelor’s degree. States usually require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test.

Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development courses to maintain their license. For certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states offer an alternative route to certification for prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree or work experience in their field, but lack the education courses required for certification. Alternative programs typically cover teaching methods, development of lesson plans, and classroom management.

In addition to teaching certification, career and technical education teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license or certification may need to have and maintain the same credential. For example, career and technical education teachers who instruct welding may need to have certification in welding.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to become mentors and lead teachers, helping less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Career and technical education teachers must be able to explain technical concepts in terms that students can understand.

Organizational skills. Career and technical education teachers have many students in different classes throughout the day. They must be able to organize their time and teaching materials.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teachers must be patient with each student in their classroom and develop a positive learning environment.

Resourcefulness. Teachers need to be able to develop different ways of presenting information and demonstrating tasks so that students can learn.

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Average Length of Employment
College Professor 4.7 years
Faculty Member 4.1 years
Adjunct Faculty 4.0 years
Professor 3.9 years
College Instructor 3.5 years
Faculty 3.3 years
Adjunct Professor 3.3 years
Adjunct Instructor 3.2 years
Adjunct Lecturer 3.1 years
Lecturer 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Adjunct Faculty
Instructor 9.5%
Teacher 7.2%
Faculty 6.7%
Internship 6.7%
Consultant 4.8%
Director 4.6%
Lecturer 3.0%
Top Careers After Adjunct Faculty
Faculty 11.7%
Instructor 8.5%
Consultant 7.2%
Director 5.9%
Teacher 5.9%
Lecturer 4.1%
Owner 3.9%
President 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$73,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$155,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Cent Maine Med Cent
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does an Adjunct Faculty make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Adjunct Faculty in the United States is $73,677 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $155,000.

Real Adjunct Faculty Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Visiting Adjunct Faculty (Philosophy) The New School New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $324,633 -
$442,694
Adjunct Faculty Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL Feb 01, 2014 $160,532
Adjunct Faculty University of Denver Denver, CO Sep 01, 2012 $152,163
Adjunct Faculty Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Dec 16, 2012 $144,921
Adjunct Faculty-Business/International Business Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH Jun 14, 2010 $139,119
Adjunct Faculty Altoona Regional Health System Williamsburg, PA Jan 15, 2010 $131,481
Adjunct Faculty Altoona Regional Health System Altoona, PA Jan 01, 2010 $131,481
Adjunct Faculty Altoona Regional Health System Williamsburg, PA Jan 01, 2010 $131,481
Adjunct Faculty Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Jul 01, 2010 $124,218
Adjunct Faculty Montreat College Charlotte, NC Jun 17, 2009 $120,003
Adjunct Faculty University of Connecticut Hartford, CT Jan 22, 2015 $107,418
Adjunct Faculty In Occupational Therapy A. T. Still University of Health Sciences Mesa, AZ Apr 01, 2015 $104,350
Adjunct Faculty (Finance) St. Edward's University Austin, TX May 15, 2010 $76,509
Adjunct Faculty-Biomedical Engineering Brown MacKie College Miami Inc. Miramar, FL Apr 18, 2016 $76,149
Adjunct Faculty Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI Dec 27, 2010 $75,362
Adjunct Faculty-Dance Tarrant County College Arlington, TX Jul 15, 2010 $73,045
Adjunct Faculty Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX Sep 09, 2016 $53,782
Adjunct Faculty Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX Jan 20, 2016 $53,782
Adjunct Faculty Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX Jun 09, 2016 $53,782
Adjunct Faculty Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Feb 25, 2012 $53,511
Adjunct Faculty Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Dec 19, 2010 $53,156
Adjunct Faculty Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH Aug 31, 2010 $52,175
Adjunct Faculty Grand Canyon University Winter Garden, FL Aug 30, 2010 $52,175 -
$35
Adjunct Faculty Depaul University Chicago, IL Dec 29, 2016 $51,716 -
$63,236

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Top Skills for An Adjunct Faculty

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Undergraduate Courses
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide academic guidance to students and demonstrates effective classroom management.
  • Collaborate with other team members to regularly review and improve all training and research new and innovative curriculum development practices.
  • Coordinated continuing education programs for Physician Assistants and taught undergraduate courses in management and graduate courses in Health Care Administration.
  • Facilitated online courses including Visual Indication, Illustration and Electronic Design for Industrial Design Department.
  • Created curriculum and delivered instruction for various psychology courses in the School of Continuing Education, focusing on upper-division psychology courses.

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Top 10 Best States for Adjunct Faculties

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  6. Maryland
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Adjunct Faculty Resume Examples And Tips

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Adjunct Faculty Demographics

Gender

Female

53.4%

Male

37.0%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.1%

French

14.8%

German

6.7%

Italian

3.9%

Japanese

3.7%

Russian

3.4%

Chinese

3.3%

Arabic

3.2%

Portuguese

2.7%

Mandarin

2.2%

Hindi

2.1%

Greek

1.3%

Urdu

1.1%

Hebrew

1.0%

Korean

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Dakota

0.8%

Persian

0.7%

Carrier

0.6%

Swedish

0.5%
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Adjunct Faculty Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.2%

Walden University

11.3%

Capella University

10.8%

Arizona State University

5.4%

Nova Southeastern University

4.5%

New York University

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

4.2%

Wayne State University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.7%

University of Arizona

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.2%

Temple University

3.0%

Ohio State University

3.0%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.9%

Webster University

2.8%

Purdue University

2.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

2.8%

University of Cincinnati

2.7%

Northern Arizona University

2.6%

Northern Illinois University

2.5%
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Majors

Nursing

17.2%

Business

15.9%

Education

7.4%

Educational Leadership

5.9%

Elementary Education

4.8%

Psychology

4.6%

Counseling Psychology

4.4%

English

4.1%

Clinical Psychology

3.9%

Social Work

3.7%

Management

3.7%

Law

3.4%

Fine Arts

3.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.9%

Communication

2.8%

School Counseling

2.7%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Biology

2.3%

Chemistry

2.2%
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Degrees

Masters

53.1%

Doctorate

21.1%

Bachelors

10.5%

Other

9.6%

Certificate

3.4%

Associate

2.0%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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