Career Details

Community College Professor

Career Overview

Community college professors teach courses and work with students in community colleges.


A master's degree in whatever field will be taught is necessary to obtain this position. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor's degree. Some community colleges may require that their instructors have a doctorate. A doctorate may take an additional two-three years after the master's degree is earned, depending on the specific program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$37,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr
$178,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

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Future Outlook

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

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Work Environment

Professors generally work in pleasant environments. They may teach classes during the day, at night, or online.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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