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Become A Mathematics Instructor

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Working As A Mathematics Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Make Decisions

  • $38,760

    Average Salary

What Does A Mathematics Instructor Do

A Mathematics Instructor helps students develop critical thinking abilities through gaining an understanding of mathematical concepts. They work under the supervision of the science, engineering, or mathematics dean.

How To Become A Mathematics Instructor

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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  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Korean

  • Hindi

  • Italian

  • Japanese

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  • German

  • Cantonese

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  • Urdu

  • Hebrew

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Real Mathematics Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructor of Mathematics Polytechnic Institute of New York University New York, NY Jun 01, 2013 $68,233
Mathematics Instructor Herguan University Sunnyvale, CA Jan 29, 2015 $68,000
Instructor of Mathematics Whitman College Walla Walla, WA Jan 08, 2016 $67,000
Secondary School Mathematics Instructor EF International Academy, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Aug 21, 2014 $65,949
Mathematics Instructor Board of Regents, Nevada Sys of Higher Edu, Great Basin College Winnemucca, NV Dec 15, 2016 $65,724
High School Math Instructor CBSJ LLC (Mathnasium) Glendale, CA Nov 16, 2016 $64,570
Mathematics Instructor Board of Regents, Nevada Sys of Higher Edu, Great Basin College Elko, NV Jan 13, 2016 $64,435
School Improvement Specialist/Math Instructional Coach Sumter County Board of Education Americus, GA Sep 24, 2015 $63,565
Instructor/Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Everglades College Inc. Lakeland, FL Oct 01, 2014 $61,800
Instructor-Mathematics W.M. Rice University Houston, TX Aug 18, 2014 $60,700
Visiting Instructor In Mathematics University of Notre Dame Du Lac Notre Dame, IN May 27, 2015 $60,000
Mathematics Instructional Coach Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy Washington, DC Dec 09, 2016 $60,000 -
Visiting Instructor In Mathematics University of Notre Dame Du Lac Notre Dame, IN Aug 22, 2016 $60,000
Mathematics Instructor Board of Regents, Nevada Sys of Higher Edu, Great Elko, NV Aug 13, 2014 $58,831
Instructor, Mathematics Rowan University Glassboro, NJ Sep 28, 2015 $51,161
Instructor, Mathematics & Statistics Minnesota State University Mankato Mankato, MN Aug 19, 2014 $51,059
Instructor, Mathematics & Statistics Minnesota State University Mankato Mankato, MN Aug 18, 2014 $51,059
Instructor, Mathematics & Statistics Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Mankato, MN Aug 17, 2015 $50,984
Instructor, Mathematics Seattle University Seattle, WA Jul 01, 2015 $50,875
Mathematics Instructor American University Washington, DC Jan 06, 2016 $50,350
Math Instructor Chama Valley Independent Schools #19 Tierra Amarilla, NM Jul 14, 2014 $50,000
Mathematics Instructor Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Phoenix, AZ Oct 02, 2015 $44,438
Instructor, Mathematics & Statistics Minnesota State University Mankato Mankato, MN Aug 19, 2014 $44,297
Science/Math Instructor Wasatch Academy Mount Pleasant, UT Sep 21, 2015 $44,000 -
Visiting Instructor-Mathematics Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI Aug 05, 2013 $43,970
Visiting Instructor-Mathematics Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI Aug 01, 2013 $43,970
Afterschool Math Instructor The Russian School of Mathematics, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 13, 2015 $42,770

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Top Skills for A Mathematics Instructor


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Top Mathematics Instructor Skills

  1. Intermediate Algebra
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Mathematics Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Revised, wrote the questions and answer keys intermediate algebra final exam for on campus classes.
  • Implemented various classroom management techniques for maintaining student attention, involvement and discipline.
  • Developed individualized student learning path in alignment with the district's advanced mathematics curriculum.
  • Instructed high school students on skills ranging from Pre-Algebra to developmental mathematics.
  • Developed the first Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I tutorial manual for the program.

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