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Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

Overview
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.

Examples

These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, neurologists, and veterinarians.

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.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $40K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $54K
Median Salary: $71K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $98K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $137K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.

Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as public speaking, media criticism, and oral traditions.

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.

Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.

Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.

Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

Keep abreast of developments and technological advances in the communication field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

Participate in campus and community events.

Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

Act as advisers to student organizations.

Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

Direct theatre productions and projects.

Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
Data visualization software
Calendar and scheduling software
Calendar and scheduling software
Computer based training software
Desire2Learn
Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
Desktop publishing software
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
Development environment software
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite
Document management software
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
Information retrieval or search software
DOC Cop
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Music or sound editing software
Avid Technology Pro Tools
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Image scanning software
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Video creation and editing software
Video production software
Web page creation and editing software
LinkedIn
Word processing software
Google Docs
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Audio compressors
Communications Devices and Accessories
Digital recording instruments
Components for information technology or broadcasting or telecommunications
Digital playback machines
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Interactive whiteboards
Consumer electronics
Digital video disk DVD players
Data Voice or Multimedia Network Equipment or Platforms and Accessories
Conference telephones
Lighting Fixtures and Accessories
Stage lighting equipment
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Laser facsimile machines
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Broadcast cameras
Top 10 Knowledge Required
English Language
99%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Education and Training
94%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Communications and Media
85%
Importance

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Psychology
79%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Computers and Electronics
77%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Sociology and Anthropology
76%
Importance

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Customer and Personal Service
72%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Philosophy and Theology
71%
Importance

Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

Clerical
67%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

History and Archeology
67%
Importance

Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Top 10 Skills
Active Listening
83%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Instructing
83%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Reading Comprehension
83%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking
83%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning
80%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies
80%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Writing
80%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking
78%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring
75%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Complex Problem Solving
73%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Comprehension
83%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
83%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Speech Clarity
83%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Written Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Written Expression
80%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Deductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Speech Recognition
75%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Near Vision
68%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Information Ordering
63%
Importance

The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Top 10 Work Activities
Documenting/Recording Information
92%
Importance

Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Thinking Creatively
90%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Interacting With Computers
89%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
85%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Training and Teaching Others
85%
Importance

Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
84%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
84%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
83%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Getting Information
83%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
82%
Importance

Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Detailed Work Activities

Evaluate student work.

Guide class discussions.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Develop instructional materials.

Teach social science courses at the college level.

Maintain student records.

Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.

Develop instructional objectives.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Select educational materials or equipment.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Research topics in area of expertise.

Promote educational institutions or programs.

Perform student enrollment or registration activities.

Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.

Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Plan community programs or activities for the general public.

Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.

Direct department activities.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.

Write grant proposals.

Direct productions or performances.

Coordinate musical rehearsals or performances.

Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

How often do you use electronic mail in this job?

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Public Speaking

How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Education
Majors
Major
Communication, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Business and Economic Journalism
Cultural Journalism
Science/Health/Environmental Journalism
Journalism, Other
Radio and Television
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Public Relations/Image Management
Advertising
Political Communication
Health Communication
Sports Communication
International and Intercultural Communication
Technical and Scientific Communication
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Documentary Production
Business/Corporate Communications, General
Business/Corporate Communications, Other
Interests
Social
100%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Artistic
67%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Investigative
58%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Enterprising
53%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Conventional
48%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Realistic
15%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Dependability
98%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Independence
94%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Concern for Others
93%
Importance

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Integrity
93%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Self Control
93%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Adaptability/Flexibility
92%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Innovation
92%
Importance

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Achievement/Effort
91%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Analytical Thinking
91%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Attention to Detail
91%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Work Values
Relationships
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Recognition
77%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Working Conditions
67%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Support
39%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.