English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Salary at 10th Percentile: $36,770
Median Salary: $64,910
Salary at 90th Percentile: $135,630

Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

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

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

Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as poetry, novel structure, and translation and adaptation.

Teach writing classes.

Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

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

Assist students who need extra help with their coursework outside of class.

Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

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

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

Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.

Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

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

Participate in cultural and literary activities, such as traveling abroad and attending performing arts events.

Participate in campus and community events.

Technology
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Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Document management software
Adobe Systems Adobe Reader
Video creation and editing software
Apple QuickTime
Internet browser software
Apple Safari
Data base user interface and query software
Blackboard
Computer based training software
Blackboard Collaborate
Calendar and scheduling software
Calendar and scheduling software
Word processing software
Collaborative editing software
Information retrieval or search software
DOC Cop
Electronic mail software
Email software
Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Image scanning software
Charting software
Lucidchart
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Music or sound editing software
VLC Media Player
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Loudspeakers
Audio amplification speakers
Slide projectors
Carousel slide projectors
Digital cameras
Compact digital cameras
Compact disk players or recorders
Compact disk CD players
Scanners
Computer data input scanners
Laser printers
Computer laser printers
Multimedia projectors
Computer projectors
Teleconference equipment
Conference telephones
Desktop computers
Desktop computers
Scientific calculator
Digital calculators
Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital camcorders
Digital video disk players or recorders
Digital video disk DVD players
Microphones
Handheld microphones
Portable data input terminals
Interactive whiteboard controllers
Touch screen monitors
Interactive whiteboards
Notebook computers
Laptop computers
Laser fax machine
Laser facsimile machines
Liquid crystal display projector
Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
Televisions
Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
Microphone stand
Microphone podiums
MP3 players or recorders
MP3 digital voice recorders
Special purpose telephones
Multi-line telephone systems
Epidiascopes
Opaque projectors
Overhead projectors
Overhead data projectors
Photocopiers
Photocopying equipment
Inkjet printers
Poster printers
Projection screens or displays
Projector screens
Tablet computers
Tablet computers
High capacity removable media drives
Universal serial bus USB flash drives
Videoconferencing systems
Videoconferencing equipment
Web cameras
Webcams
English Language
96%
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
83%
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
73%
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.

Philosophy and Theology
57%
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.

Sociology and Anthropology
56%
Importance

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

Computers and Electronics
54%
Importance

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

Psychology
51%
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.

Customer and Personal Service
50%
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.

Clerical
49%
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
48%
Importance

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

Reading Comprehension
97%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Instructing
88%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking
85%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Writing
81%
Importance

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

Active Listening
78%
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.

Learning Strategies
75%
Importance

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

Critical Thinking
69%
Importance

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

Active Learning
69%
Importance

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

Monitoring
63%
Importance

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

Complex Problem Solving
60%
Importance

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

Written Comprehension
94%
Importance

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

Oral Expression
88%
Importance

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

Oral Comprehension
85%
Importance

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

Written Expression
81%
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 Clarity
75%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Problem Sensitivity
63%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Near Vision
63%
Importance

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

Speech Recognition
60%
Importance

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

Training and Teaching Others
91%
Importance

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

Thinking Creatively
88%
Importance

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

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
82%
Importance

Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Coaching and Developing Others
81%
Importance

Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
80%
Importance

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

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
79%
Importance

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

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
78%
Importance

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

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
77%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
77%
Importance

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

Getting Information
76%
Importance

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

Teach humanities courses at the college level.

Tutor students who need extra assistance.

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

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

Train staff members.

Direct activities of subordinates.

Evaluate performance of educational staff.

Teach online courses.

Guide class discussions.

Evaluate student work.

Develop instructional materials.

Maintain student records.

Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.

Develop instructional objectives.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.

Select educational materials or equipment.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Research topics in area of expertise.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Plan community programs or activities for the general public.

Promote educational institutions or programs.

Perform student enrollment or registration activities.

Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.

Direct department activities.

Write grant proposals.

Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Electronic Mail

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Freedom to Make Decisions

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Structured versus Unstructured Work

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Face-to-Face Discussions

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Public Speaking

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Contact With Others

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Coordinate or Lead Others

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Telephone

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Spend Time Sitting

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Major
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Comparative Literature
English Language and Literature, General
Creative Writing
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Social

Score: 90 / 100

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

Artistic

Score: 81 / 100

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

Score: 62 / 100

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.

Conventional

Score: 38 / 100

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.

Enterprising

Score: 29 / 100

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.

Realistic

Score: 19 / 100

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.

Analytical Thinking
90%
Importance

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

Dependability
90%
Importance

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

Integrity
90%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Persistence
86%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Attention to Detail
86%
Importance

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

Achievement/Effort
86%
Importance

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

Concern for Others
83%
Importance

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

Innovation
83%
Importance

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

Independence
83%
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.

Initiative
82%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Relationships
90%
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
86%
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.

Working Conditions
86%
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.

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
71%
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.

Support
48%
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.

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