Also known as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Creative Writing Professor, English Instructor, English Professor, Humanities Professor, Instructor, Lecturer, Literature Professor, Professor
Also known as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Creative Writing Professor
English Professors teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature.
In addition, English Professors includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
English Professors are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to English Professors. More generally, English Professors are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an English Professor is $69,000, and the average salary is $81,340. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the English Professor salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many English Professors earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of English Professors earn less than $39,320 per year, 25% earn less than $52,060, 75% earn less than $100,410, and 90% earn less than $141,190.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of English Professors is expected to change by 6.1%, and there should be roughly 7,500 open positions for English Professors every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an English Professor are usually higher in their Social, Artistic, and Investigative interests.
English Professors typically have very strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Also, English Professors typically have strong Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Lastly, English Professors typically have moderate Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an English Professor tend to value Relationships, Achievement, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, English Professors very strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, English Professors very strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Lastly, English Professors very strongly value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as English Professors must consistently demonstrate qualities such as integrity, cooperation, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of English Professors, ranked by importance:
Many English Professors have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
English Professors may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
English Professors may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as education and training, communications and media, or history and archeology knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most English Professors might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
English Professors must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, English Professors need abilities such as written comprehension, oral expression, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for English Professors, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
English Professors frequently use skills like reading comprehension, instructing, and writing to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for English Professors, ranked by their relative importance.
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