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Become An Educator

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Working As An Educator

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $46,550

    Average Salary

What Does An Educator Do

An Educator provides instruction or education to others. They are responsible for creating and distributing educational content, such as notes, summaries, and assignments.

How To Become An Educator

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.


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.


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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2,378 Educator jobs

The New York Times
New York, NY
GreenSchool Educator

$110,590 Estimated

The New York Times
New York, NY
Educator, Gardening Workshops

$110,590 Estimated

JCC Association
New York, NY
Garden Educator

$110,590 Estimated

Cottage Health System
Santa Barbara, CA
Educator - Birth Center

$37,566 Estimated

Urbana, IL
Deaf Educator

$46,550 Estimated

Denver Health
Denver, CO
WIC Educator

$41,950 Estimated

Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN
EMS Educator

$46,550 Estimated

Cape Cod Healthcare Inc.
Barnstable Town, MA

$46,550 Estimated

Community Health Systems
Fort Wayne, IN

$35,784 Estimated

El Centro Regional Medical Center
El Centro, CA

$37,566 Estimated

Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency
Minneapolis, MN
EMS Educator

$46,550 Estimated

El Centro Regional Medical Center
El Centro, CA

$37,566 Estimated

Hawaii Pacific Health
Urban Honolulu, HI
Educator - Coding

$46,550 Estimated

Ascension (System Office)
Wichita, KS
CPD Educator

$33,268 Estimated

Adventure Nannies
Monrovia, CA
Private Educator

$97,050 Estimated

Ripley Entertainment Inc.
Myrtle Beach, SC

$46,550 Estimated

El Centro Regional Medical Center
El Centro, CA

$37,566 Estimated

Cone Health
Greensboro, NC
Coding Educator

$39,336 Estimated

HCA, Hospital Corporation of America
Augusta, GA

$46,550 Estimated

Discovery World
Milwaukee, WI
Automation Educator

$46,550 Estimated

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Real Educator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Herbal and Nutraceutical Educator Australian Herbal Solutions LLC Hillsborough, CA Jul 27, 2016 $208,700 -
Herbal and Nutraceutical Educator Australian Herbal Solutions LLC Hillsborough, CA Jun 03, 2014 $208,700 -
Education Specialist Creative Solution Services Inc. Ossining, NY Oct 02, 2015 $135,000
Education Specialist Creative Solution Services Inc. Ossining, NY Sep 15, 2015 $135,000
Education Specialist Creative Solution Services Inc. Ossining, NY Apr 08, 2016 $135,000
Education Specialist Creative Solution Services Inc. Ossining, NY Oct 01, 2015 $135,000
Education Specialist Creative Solution Services Inc. Ossining, NY Aug 15, 2016 $135,000
Education Specialist Creative Solution Services Inc. Ossining, NY Jun 01, 2015 $135,000
Neuroanesthesia Educator Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Dec 28, 2016 $121,913
Math Curriculum Educator K-5 Math Teaching Resources LLC New York, NY Aug 25, 2014 $90,000
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Top Skills for An Educator


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Top Educator Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Weekly Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborate with and successfully utilize 3 classroom paraprofessionals in behavior management skills, classroom management skills and teaching styles.
  • Provided individual assessment and curriculum development for autistic students and adults.
  • Prepared weekly lesson plans to enhance student's confidence, and to increase student achievement.
  • Facilitated and taught Thermodynamics, Internal Combustion Engines, and Mathematics subjects for the Engineering program.
  • Featured in video taping by Palm Beach County School District Department of Education for Language Arts and Social Studies.

Top Educator Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Educator

  1. Vita Coco
  2. Children's Youth Family Collaborative (CYFC)
  3. Lululemon Athletica
  4. Quality Care for Kids
  5. Intersections Inc.
  6. Vita Coco Coconut Water
  7. Medical Center of Central Georgia
  8. Training and Development
  9. Educational Talent Search (ETS)
  10. Liquid Education
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