What does a Professor do?

Professors instruct students in various academic and vocational subjects above the high school level. They conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books from it and work in public and private colleges and universities, professional schools, junior or community colleges, and within career and vocational schools. They teach a wide variety of subjects, from science to math.

Professors develop a curriculum that meets both college and department standards, and they plan lessons and assignments. They assess students' progress through grading papers and tests and advise students about which classes to take to achieve their goals. They conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in the field where they are employed and supervise graduate students working for a doctorate degree. They serve on academic and administrative committees that review and recommend policies, make budget decisions, and advise on hiring and promotion within their department. Professors need a minimum master's degree; a doctoral degree is typically required for work as a full-time, tenure-track university professor.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Professor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$114,111 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $114K
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Professor Career Path

Learn how to become a Professor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Professor Insights

Read what Professor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Falmouth UniversityFalmouth University
Faculty Member
Jun 4, 2021

“Some creative thinkers and problem solvers who are great to work with have worked here.”

SNS College of Engineering
Assistant Professor
Nov 9, 2020

“Best place to work and if we are looking to improve career then it is the good place to work in”

Babu Banarasi Das
Assistant Professor
Aug 9, 2021

“I couldn't find any cons here but the salary according to the word load/pressure is quite low.”

Westminster College (Utah)Westminster College (Utah)
Assistant Professor
Jan 15, 2020

“Salaries are lower than national average but Utah is not an expensive state compared to many of its neighbors.”

Alfaisal UniversityAlfaisal University
Aug 2, 2019

“The salaries are really good but that's the only thing that is good in this university.”

Yale UniversityYale University
Assistant Professor
Jan 25, 2021

“My mentors have been exceptionally supportive and never failed me in their support of my career growth.”

Aug 12, 2021

“What I don’t like is there is subject and class overload but no pay increase.”

Sinhgad Institutes
Assistant Professor
Oct 8, 2021

“Lots of work and load and worst thing is that faculties dont have any good resources.”

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Professor Interviews

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Professor of of Mathematics
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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a professor

When working as a professor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, Microsoft Office Suite, AWS, CAD/CAM, and Natural Language Processing.

The most similar professions to professor are:
  • Lecturer
  • Professor of of Mathematics
  • Unit Manager
  • Math Teacher

The most common qualifications to become a professor include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.