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Working As A Medical Instructor

  • 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

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Instructor Do

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

Duties

Postsecondary teachers typically do the following:

  • Teach courses in their subject area
  • Work with students who are taking classes to improve their knowledge or career skills
  • Develop an instructional plan (known as a course outline or syllabus) for the course(s) they teach and ensure that it meets college and department standards
  • Plan lessons and assignments
  • Work with colleagues to develop or modify the curriculum for a degree or certificate program involving a series of courses
  • Assess students’ progress by grading assignments, papers, exams, and other work
  • Advise students about which classes to take and how to achieve their goals
  • Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field
  • Conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in their field
  • Supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees
  • Publish original research and analysis in books and academic journals
  • Serve on academic and administrative committees that review and recommend policies, make budget decisions, or advise on hiring and promotions within their department

Postsecondary teachers, often referred to as professors or faculty, specialize in a variety of subjects and fields. Some teach academic subjects, such as English or philosophy. Others focus on career-related subjects, such as law, nursing, or culinary arts.

At colleges and universities, professors are organized into departments that specialize in a subject, such as history, science, business, or music. A professor may teach one or more courses within that department. For example, a mathematics professor may teach calculus, statistics, and a graduate seminar in a very specific area of mathematics.

Postsecondary teachers’ duties vary with their positions in a university or college. In large colleges or universities, they may spend their time teaching, conducting research or experiments, applying for grants to fund their research, or supervising graduate teaching assistants who are teaching classes.

Postsecondary teachers who work in small colleges and universities or in community colleges often spend more time teaching classes and working with students. They may spend some time conducting research, but they do not have as much time to devote to it.

Full-time professors, particularly those who have tenure (a professor who cannot be fired without just cause), often are expected to spend more time on their research. They also may be expected to serve on more college and university committees.

Part-time professors, often known as adjunct professors, spend most of their time teaching students.

Professors may teach large classes of several hundred students (often with the help of graduate teaching assistants), smaller classes of about 40 to 50 students, seminars with just a few students, or laboratories where students practice the subject matter. They work with an increasingly varied student population as more part-time, older, and culturally diverse students are going to postsecondary schools.

Professors need to keep up with developments in their field by reading scholarly articles, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. A tenured professor must do original research, such as experiments, document analysis, or critical reviews, and publish their findings.

Some postsecondary teachers work for online universities or teach online classes. They use websites to present lessons and information, to assign and accept students’ work, and to participate in course discussions. Online professors communicate with students by email and by phone and might never meet their students in person.

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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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Medical Instructor Career Paths

Medical Instructor
Physician Account Representative Bill Collector
Billing/Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assisting Instructor Program Director Education Director
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Employment Specialist Career Services Director
Career Development Director
6 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Therapist Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Auditor Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Assistant Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assisting Instructor Lead Medical Assistant Clinical Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Medical Technologist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Director Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Instructor Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Program Director Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Assistant Director
Owner/Director
7 Yearsyrs
Billing Manager Project Manager Vice President
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Coder Auditor Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Billing Manager Practice Manager
Senior Practice Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Instructor Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Risk Manager Risk And Insurance Manager
Unemployment Insurance Director
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Coder Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Vocational Training Instructor
5 Yearsyrs
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Medical Instructor Demographics

Gender

Female

70.0%

Male

27.7%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.7%

Chinese

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Russian

5.0%

Portuguese

3.3%

Turkish

3.3%

Cantonese

3.3%

Mandarin

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Swedish

1.7%

German

1.7%

Igbo

1.7%

French

1.7%

Romanian

1.7%

Gujarati

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Thai

1.7%

Bengali

1.7%
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Medical Instructor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.7%

Liberty University

7.9%

Ashford University

7.3%

Kaplan University

6.7%

Grand Canyon University

6.7%

Capella University

5.6%

The Academy

5.1%

Walden University

5.1%

Wayland Baptist University

4.5%

Webster University

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

Everest Institute

2.8%

Florida International University

2.8%

Baker College

2.8%

Remington College

2.8%

Strayer University

2.8%

Davenport University

2.8%

Ohio University -

2.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.2%

Excelsior College

2.2%
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Majors

Health Care Administration

17.8%

Business

16.6%

Nursing

14.2%

Medical Assisting Services

9.0%

Management

5.1%

Medical Technician

5.0%

Medicine

4.4%

Public Health

3.5%

Education

3.4%

Biology

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Elementary Education

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Health Sciences And Services

1.8%

General Studies

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

1.2%

Educational Leadership

1.2%

Pharmacy

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

25.2%

Bachelors

23.8%

Masters

21.2%

Associate

12.6%

Doctorate

6.6%

Certificate

6.3%

Diploma

3.7%

License

0.6%
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Real Medical Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical Instructor Duke University Durham, NC Jan 01, 2010 $165,000
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Nov 01, 2014 $160,740
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Jan 01, 2015 $160,740
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Oct 06, 2014 $160,740
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Nov 29, 2013 $160,700
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Jan 01, 2014 $131,000
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Jan 26, 2016 $128,125
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Jan 26, 2015 $125,000
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Apr 20, 2015 $120,500
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Dec 01, 2010 $120,000
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Jul 05, 2012 $118,723
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Mar 15, 2016 $75,000
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Oct 22, 2012 $72,696
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Sep 01, 2013 $70,098
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Sep 01, 2012 $60,736
Instructor of Medical Techniques New York Medical Career Training Center, Inc. NY Oct 01, 2015 $60,523
Instructor of Medical Techniques New York Medical Career Training Center, Inc. NY Oct 01, 2012 $60,523
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Aug 01, 2015 $58,000
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Apr 01, 2014 $58,000
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Jan 08, 2015 $58,000
Medical Instructor Duke University and Medical Center Durham, NC Aug 01, 2014 $55,000
Medical Instructor Five Branches University LLC San Jose, CA Nov 01, 2016 $52,217

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Medical Instructor

Average Yearly Salary
$55,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Southern Careers Institute
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Medical Instructor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Medical Instructor in the United States is $55,282 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $96,000.

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Top Skills for A Medical Instructor

  1. Medical Records
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Anatomy
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  • Examined and analyzed medical records to ensure their completeness and accuracy.
  • Prepared and organized comprehensive lectures and lessons utilizing innovative teaching and classroom management techniques.
  • Conducted teaching assignments in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Medical Office Procedures and The Medical Manager.
  • Served as an educator/curriculum development for medical administrative-based classes, medical coding and billing.
  • Provide instruction in areas of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, laboratory procedures, clinical procedures, keyboarding.

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