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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 career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.Education
Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.
Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.
Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.
Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.Other Experience
Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.
In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.
In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.
Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.
Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.Advancement
A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.
Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.
Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.Important Qualities
Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.
Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.
Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.
Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.
Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Assistant Professor of Finance at The Graduate School of Business||Leland Stanford Jr, University||Stanford, CA||Jun 24, 2016||$268,889|
|Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at The Graduate School of Business||Leland Stanford Jr, University||Stanford, CA||Oct 05, 2016||$234,840|
|Assistant Professor of Finance & Business Economics||The University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 15, 2016||$220,000|
|Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at The Graduate School of Business||Leland Stanford Jr, University||Stanford, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$215,270|
|Assistant Professor of Business Administration||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Jan 07, 2016||$215,000|
|Assistant Professor of Business Administration||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Dec 01, 2016||$210,000|
|Assistant Professor of Business Administration||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Apr 15, 2015||$210,000|
|Assistant Professor of Business Administration||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Apr 01, 2015||$210,000|
|Assistant Professor of Political Economy at The Graduate School of Business||Leland Stanford Jr, University||Stanford, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$207,778|
|Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at The Graduate School of Business||Leland Stanford Jr, University||Stanford, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$207,778|
|Assistant Professor of Business Administration||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Sep 05, 2016||$202,878|
|Assistant Professor of Business||University of Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||Jul 01, 2015||$198,000|
|Assistant Professor of Business Administration||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Mar 31, 2015||$195,000|
|Assistant Professor of Business, Economics, and Management||California Institute of Technology||Pasadena, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$190,000|
|Assistant Professor In Business Statistics||Clemson University||Clemson, SC||Jul 13, 2015||$120,000|
|Assistant Professor of International Business||University of Baltimore||Baltimore, MD||Mar 15, 2016||$120,000|
|Assistant Professor, International Business||University of Baltimore||Baltimore, MD||Jan 01, 2016||$120,000|
|Assistant Professor of Accounting, Business Law & Finance||Northeastern Illinois University||Chicago, IL||Aug 01, 2015||$118,163|
|Assistant Professor, Business||Fordham University||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$116,030|
|Assistant Professor of Business-Accounting||Pacific Lutheran University||Tacoma, WA||Sep 01, 2016||$115,000 -
|Assistant Professor of Business-Accounting||Pacific Lutheran University||Tacoma, WA||Jan 09, 2016||$115,000 -
|Assistant Professor of Business Quantitative Analysis||Mississippi State University||Mississippi State, MS||Aug 16, 2015||$115,000|
|Assistant Professor of Finance-Cameron School of Business||University of St. Thomas||Houston, TX||Sep 05, 2016||$98,980|
|Assistant Professor-Department of Business & Social Entrepreneurship||Rollins College||Winter Park, FL||May 05, 2015||$95,000|
|Assistant Professor Business Administration||Morgan State University||Baltimore, MD||Jan 02, 2016||$95,000|
|Assistant Professor of Business Administration||State University of New York at New Paltz||New Paltz, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$92,000|
|Assistant Professor, E-Business & Technology Management||Towson University||Towson, MD||May 01, 2015||$92,000 -
|Assistant Professor-Business||The University of Texas at El Paso||El Paso, TX||Aug 01, 2015||$91,000|
|Assistant Professor of Business Administration||Minnesota State Colleges and Universities||Bemidji, MN||Aug 16, 2016||$90,731|
|Assistant Professor Business Administration||State University of New York at New Paltz||New Paltz, NY||Jan 12, 2015||$90,000|
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