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“A linguistics professor was lecturing to his English class one day. ‘In English,’ he said, ‘a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.’ A voice from the back of the room piped up, ‘Yeah, right.’”

As Mohnish Sani, co-founder of the education and career counseling website Career Glider, likes to say, “Education is no joke, although many people treat it that way.  While a career in education is not the most financially rewarding jobs in America it does have some uniquely satisfying perks, especially at the college level.”

Perhaps the biggest, most important question to ask yourself if you are considering studying for a career as a college professor or changing your career to that of a college instructor is this: Are you more interested in the money or in the job satisfaction?”

Some men and women are just born teachers, and would never dream of doing anything else with their lives, no matter what kind of remuneration they receive.  But many people tie their self-worth to a dollar sign; the more they make, the better they feel about themselves.  If this describes you, then teaching on the college level may not be right for you.  Although, if you choose to teach in one of the hard sciences such as IT or medicine, or law, your teaching salary can well exceed 100K annually, especially with lucrative consulting jobs on the side.

Robert Strong is an assistant professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin at the Eau Claire campus.  He brings in considerably less than 100K annually, but he has never considered going into any other line of work.  He breaks his job responsibilities down into four main categories, in descending order of importance, as:

1)                  Teaching.

2)                  Research.

3)                  Service to his department, college, and the university in general, by sitting on committees of different kinds.

4)                  Advising students.

Robert says that many college professors, especially those who teach in the Humanities and Arts need a dual income to survive; it either comes from their spouse or else they work a second job during the summer hiatus.  Or both.

Strong has found that job satisfaction is more important to him than a large salary.

“I love what I do, ” he says simply.  “I am intellectually stimulated every day by my students and colleagues.  I have always been enthralled by language.”

For those considering going into a career as a college instructor, he advises two things.  First, that you do not stop at a Master’s degree – a Ph.D is becoming essential, even at community colleges.  Second, keep in mind that, as a professor up for tenure, you must publish or perish; learn how to write clearly and succinctly, and make sure you are published frequently in journals and magazines that pertain to your field.

It adds up to a lot of years of education, admits Strong, but the end result is that you are qualified and ready to assert your position in American academia.  And once you are tenured, worries about job security are basically over.  And, in today’s see-sawing economy, that’s a lot better prospect than most other careers can offer!

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