Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC: 25-1122.00

Description:

Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. 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):
36,000 employed

Projected (2024):
39,500 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:

  • Adjunct Communications Faculty Member
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Communication
  • Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
  • Assistant Professor of Speech Communication
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of Communication
  • Associate Professor of Communication Arts
  • Associate Professor of Media Arts
  • College or University Faculty Member
  • College Professor
  • Communication Arts Lecturer
  • Communication Instructor
  • Communication Lecturer
  • Communication Professor
  • Communication Skills Instructor
  • Communication Studies Professor
  • Communications Department Chair
  • Communications Department Chairperson
  • Communications Department Head
  • Communications Media Professor
  • Debate Director
  • Drama Professor
  • English Instructor
  • English Professor
  • Faculty Member
  • Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team Director
  • Instructor
  • Interpersonal Communications Professor
  • Journalism Instructor
  • Journalism Professor
  • Journalism Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Mass Communications Instructor
  • Mass Communications Professor
  • Media Arts Professor
  • Oral Communication Instructor
  • Professor
  • Professor of Communication
  • Professor of Communication and Writing
  • Professor of Communication Arts
  • Professor of Journalism
  • Professor of Rhetoric
  • Public Relations Studies Director
  • Public Speaking Professor
  • Public Speaking Teacher
  • Speech Communication Instructor
  • Speech Communication Professor
  • Speech Instructor
  • Speech Professor
  • Speech Teacher
  • Technical Communication Teacher
  • Theatre Arts Professor


  • 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
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • 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:

  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as public speaking, media criticism, and oral traditions.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Keep abreast of developments and technological advances in the communication field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Audio compressors
  • Audio mixers
  • Audio monitors
  • Audio speakers
  • Broadcast cameras
  • Broadcast mixing boards
  • Carousel slide projectors
  • Channel frequency tuners
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Computer projectors
  • Conference telephones
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital calculators
  • Digital playback machines
  • Digital recording instruments
  • Digital switchers
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Handheld microphones
  • Headphone amplifiers
  • 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
  • Sound effect generators
  • Stage lighting equipment
  • Student response systems
  • Studio camera control equipment
  • Studio headphones
  • Studio microphones
  • Tablet computers
  • Television monitors
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Video editing equipment
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Webcams
  • Wireless microphones
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Audacity
  • Avid Technology Media Composer
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Course management system software
  • Data entry software
  • Desire2Learn
  • DOC Cop
  • Email software
  • Google Docs
  • Image scanning software
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • Learning management system LMS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Sakai CLE
  • Video editing software
  • Video production software
  • Web browser software
  • WideOrbit software


  • education training and library


    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000