A faculty member, also referred to as a professor, provides instruction to students on either academic or vocational subjects. Their primary job duties are to develop lesson plans, deliver lessons through classroom instruction or practical activities, assess students' learning, and provide students with necessary assistance or guidance when necessary.
The tasks of a faculty member also involve collaborating with other members of the faculty, managing student records, and writing recommendations for students. Apart from educating students, faculty members also expand their own knowledge by conducting research, attending conferences, and reading materials on their own time.
In most colleges or universities, faculty members have a master's degree or doctorate in their respective fields. They must also have a license to teach and appropriate classroom training before becoming a fully-fledged faculty member or professor. Experience in teaching is not a typical requirement for entry-level jobs but is a great advantage.
Apart from these formal requirements, a faculty member must have excellent skills in teaching, classroom management, communication, time management, and collaboration. Moreover, they must have the passion to educate young minds, as well as the patience to teach a large group of students on a daily basis.
On average, the salary of a faculty member is $82,000 per year. Faculty members can increase their earning potential with higher experience and level of education.