Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level.
This career requires a lot of education! Generally, a doctorate in the field being taught is required for this position. Some universities may allow people with a lower level graduate degree (master's degree) to teach, but opportunities will be greatest for those who go on for a doctorate. Be ready to be in college for a number of years – it will take at least 8 years of college work to earn a doctorate!
Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Both part-time and full-time postsecondary teachers are included in this projection. The number of people attending postsecondary institutions is expected to grow in the next decade. Students will continue to seek higher education to gain the additional education and skills necessary to meet their career goals.
Most postsecondary teachers work in public and private colleges and universities, professional schools, and junior or community colleges. Outside of class time, their schedules are generally flexible, and they may spend that time in administrative duties, advising students, and conducting research.