University Professor

What Does A University Professor Do?

University professors teach courses and work with students within universities. In addition, they design, conduct, and publish research studies.

How Do I Become A University Professor?

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!

What is the Average Salary For A University Professor?

These do vary by the discipline taught.

High – 168,000
Median – 75,000
Low – 37,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A University Professor?

  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!

What Is The Work Environment For A University Professor?

Professors generally work in pleasant environments. They may teach classes during the day, at night, or online. One of the biggest stressors involves the pressure to publish research studies during the first few years of their work (before they earn tenure).

What Is The Future Outlook For A University Professor?

Job opportunities for university professors should be good over the next 10 years, but many universities are increasing the numbers of part-time (adjunct) professors. There are likely to be more opportunities for part-time than full-time work.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada