University Professor

Career Overview

University professors teach courses and work with students within universities. In addition, they design, conduct, and publish research studies. Make sure to use the search box to find Dr. Bill's video!


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!

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$37,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr
$168,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
Work Environment

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). Outside of class time, their schedules are generally flexible, and they may spend that time in administrative, student advising, and research activities.

Future Outlook

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