English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC: 25-1123.00

Description:

Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
90,800 employed

Projected (2024):
100,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Academic Support Center Director
  • Adjunct English Instructor
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor of English
  • Adjunct Writing Instructor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor of English
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of English
  • Associate Professor of Literature
  • Business Communications Instructor
  • Children's Literature Professor
  • Classics Teacher
  • College or University Faculty Member
  • College Professor
  • Communications Instructor
  • Communications Professor
  • Composition Instructor
  • Composition Professor
  • Composition Teacher
  • Contemporary English Literature Professor
  • Creative Writing English Professor
  • Creative Writing Professor
  • Creative Writing Teacher
  • Department Chair
  • Developmental English and Reading Instructor
  • Developmental Writing Instructor
  • English and Reading Instructor
  • English Composition Teacher
  • English Division Chair
  • English Faculty Member
  • English Instructor
  • English Professor
  • English Teacher
  • ESL Instructor (English as a Second Language Instructor)
  • ESL Professor (English as a Second Language Professor)
  • ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language Teacher)
  • Etymology Professor
  • Etymology Teacher
  • Faculty Member
  • General Education Instructor
  • General Education Professor
  • General Studies Program Chair
  • Humanities Coordinator
  • Humanities Division Chair
  • Humanities Professor
  • Instructor
  • Journalism Professor
  • Language and Literature Division Chair
  • Language Arts Teacher
  • Languages and Literature Instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities Chair
  • Literature Professor
  • Medieval English Literature Professor
  • Professor
  • Professor of English
  • Reading Professor
  • Seventeenth-Century English Literature Professor
  • Speech Instructor
  • Teacher
  • Theatre Program Director
  • Victorian Literature Professor
  • Writing Center Director


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as poetry, novel structure, and translation and adaptation.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Provide assistance to students in college writing centers.
  • Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Teach writing classes.
  • Assist students who need extra help with their coursework outside of class.
  • Participate in cultural and literary activities, such as traveling abroad and attending performing arts events.
  • Write original literary pieces.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise department personnel, such as faculty and student writing instructors.
  • Conduct staff performance evaluations.
  • Teach classes using online technology.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Audio amplification speakers
  • Carousel slide projectors
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Computer projectors
  • Conference telephones
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital calculators
  • Digital camcorders
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Handheld microphones
  • Interactive whiteboard controllers
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
  • Microphone podiums
  • MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Opaque projectors
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Poster printers
  • Projector screens
  • Student response systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Television monitors
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Webcams
  • Wireless microphones
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Reader
  • Apple QuickTime
  • Apple Safari
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Course management system software
  • Data entry software
  • Desire2Learn
  • DOC Cop
  • Email software
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Docs
  • Graphics creation software
  • Image scanning software
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • Learning management system LMS software
  • Lucidchart
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Sakai CLE
  • VLC Media Player
  • Web browser software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000