Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

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About the Job

Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

It is also Called

  • Women's Studies Professor
  • Women's Studies Lecturer
  • Sociology Professor
  • Religious Studies Professor
  • Professor
  • Philosophy Professor
  • Modern Greek Studies Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Latin American Studies Professor
  • Latin American Studies Director
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What They Do

  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Incorporate experiential or site visit components into courses.
  • Participate in campus and community events, such as giving public lectures about research.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SIA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Investigative and Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Foreign Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Education Required

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).

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $80,540 with most people making between $43,420 and $134,520

Outlook

1.20%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 500 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 560 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 6 openings due to growth and about 14 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.

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