Occupation Summary

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

O*NET 25-1081.00


Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 14.20%.
Education Level:
Doctoral Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service

  1. Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  2. Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as children's literature, learning and development, and reading instruction.
  3. Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  4. Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  5. Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  6. Supervise students' fieldwork, internship, and research work.
  7. Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  8. Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  9. Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  10. Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  11. Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  12. Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  13. Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  14. Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.
  15. Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  16. Advise and instruct teachers employed in school systems by providing activities, such as in-service seminars.
  17. Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  18. Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  19. Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  20. Participate in campus and community events.
  21. Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  22. Act as advisers to student organizations.
  23. Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  24. Serve as a liaison between the university and other governmental and educational agencies.

National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Education Teachers, Postsecondary employed Annual Growth Rate
Colleges, universities, and professional schools 89.1 0.89
Junior colleges 9.7 -0.15

Labor Market Information

2020 National employment 70,000
2020 Texas employment 4,487
Texas projected employment by 2030 5,124
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2030 504

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
English Language
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
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Customer and Personal Service
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.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
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.
Learning Strategies
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Teaching others how to do something.
Active Learning
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

  • Training and Teaching Others
    -- Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
    -- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Judging the Qualities of Objects, Services, or People
    -- Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Other Activities

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


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Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Digital camcorders or video cameras: Digital video cameras;

Digital cameras: Compact digital cameras;

Digital video disk players or recorders: Digital video disk DVD players;

Epidiascopes: Opaque projectors;

High capacity removable media drives: Universal serial bus USB flash drives;

Inkjet printers: Poster printers;

Interactive whiteboards or accessories: Wireless slates;

Laser fax machine: Laser facsimile machines;

Laser printers: Computer laser printers;

Liquid crystal display projector: Liquid crystal display LCD projectors;

Microphone stand: Microphone podiums;

Microphones: Handheld microphones; Wireless microphones;

MP3 players or recorders: MP3 digital voice recorders;

Multimedia projectors: Computer projectors; Multimedia projection equipment;

Notebook computers: Laptop computers;

Overhead projectors: Overhead data projectors;

Photocopiers: Photocopying equipment;

Portable data input terminals: Interactive whiteboard controllers; Student response systems;

Projection screens or displays: Projector screens;

Scanners: Computer data input scanners;

Scientific calculator: Digital calculators;

Slide projectors: Carousel slide projectors;

Special purpose telephones: Multi-line telephone systems;

Tablet computers: Tablet computers;

Teleconference equipment: Conference telephones;

Televisions: Television monitors; Liquid crystal display LCD televisions;

Touch screen monitors: Interactive whiteboards;

Video standards converter: Video converters;

Videoconferencing systems: Videoconferencing equipment;

Web cameras: Webcams;


Analytical or scientific software: Desmos; Geogebra; SAS;

Calendar and scheduling software: Calendar and scheduling software;

Computer based training software: Blackboard Learn; Course management system software; Desire2Learn LMS software; Learning management system LMS; Sakai CLE; VoiceThread; Padlet;

Data base user interface and query software: Blackboard software;

Electronic mail software: Email software; Microsoft Outlook;

Information retrieval or search software: iParadigms Turnitin; DOC Cop;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Optical character reader OCR or scanning software: Image scanning software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Word processing software: Google Docs; Editing software; Collaborative editing software; Microsoft Word;

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  • 25-3011.00 Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language Instructors
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  • 11-9033.00 Education Administrators, Postsecondary
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  • 25-9031.00 Instructional Coordinators
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  • 25-1066.00 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
  • 25-1113.00 Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary
  • 25-1067.00 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
  • 25-9044.00 Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary

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    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.