|Quick Facts: Postsecondary Teachers|
|2020 Median Pay||$80,560 per year|
|Typical Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2020||1,276,900|
|Job Outlook, 2020-30||12% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2020-30||156,700|
Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a variety of academic subjects beyond the high school level.
Most postsecondary teachers work in public and private colleges and universities, professional schools, and junior or community colleges. Most work full time, although part-time work is common.
Educational requirements vary by subject and the type of educational institution. Typically, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges, and others may need work experience in their field of expertise.
The median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $80,560 in May 2020.
Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 139,600 openings for postsecondary teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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