Occupation Summary

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

O*NET 25-1123.00


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.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 14.50%.
Education Level:
Master's Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Business and Industry

  1. Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  2. Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  3. Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  4. Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as poetry, novel structure, and translation and adaptation.
  5. Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  6. Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  7. Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  8. Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  9. Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  10. Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
  11. Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  12. Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  13. Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  14. Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  15. Participate in campus and community events.
  16. Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  17. Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  18. Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  19. Provide assistance to students in college writing centers.
  20. Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
  21. Act as advisers to student organizations.
  22. Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  23. Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  24. Teach writing classes.
  25. Assist students who need extra help with their coursework outside of class.
  26. Participate in cultural and literary activities, such as traveling abroad and attending performing arts events.
  27. Write original literary pieces.
  28. Recruit, train, and supervise department personnel, such as faculty and student writing instructors.
  29. Conduct staff performance evaluations.
  30. Teach classes using online technology.

No Industry Employment Patterns found.

Labor Market Information

2016 National employment 84,600
2016 Texas employment 6,414
Texas projected employment by 2026 7,344
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 607

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

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Teaching others how to do something.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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.
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.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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 Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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 there is a problem.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • Training and Teaching Others
    -- Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Thinking Creatively
    -- Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
    -- Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Coaching and Developing Others
    -- Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
    -- Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Other Activities

  • Administer educational, research, or work-related grants
  • Advise educational personnel
  • Advise governmental personnel
  • Advise students on education and career-related issues
  • Assist students with classes, courses, or extracurricular activities
  • Attend professional conferences and events
  • Collaborate with professionals or peers from other disciplines and backgrounds
  • Collect scientific or technical data
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials
  • Conduct business, market, or managerial research
  • Conduct educational presentations
  • Conduct educational research
  • Convey moods or emotions through writing
  • Correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling in written materials
  • Design informational presentations
  • Develop course or training objectives
  • Develop instructional materials
  • Develop instructional programs
  • Direct scientific, research, or investigative studies
  • Disseminate knowledge of literature, culture, languages, or historical material
  • Encourage group and organizational participation
  • Establish relationships with students
  • Evaluate instructional curricula
  • Evaluate instructional material
  • Evaluate instructional programs
  • Evaluate student performance
  • Interact with industry partners for research and development
  • Maintain business or financial records, reports, or files
  • Maintain educational or training-related records, reports, or files
  • Operate computers to enter, calculate, access, and retrieve data
  • Organize educational material or ideas
  • Organize journalistic or literary data
  • Organize speakers or judges for classes, events, or programs
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Perform peer review evaluations of research, publications, or grants
  • Practice creative writing and development
  • Prepare technical or scientific reports
  • Record student progress
  • Respond to employee or worker concerns
  • Respond to parent or student concerns
  • Schedule meetings, activities, classes, or events
  • Seek external funding to support departmental, student, or research activities
  • Serve on academic, scientific, and advisory committees
  • Serve on planning, governance, or administrative committees
  • Set-up equipment for demonstrations or presentations
  • Supervise student research
  • Take messages, notes, shorthand, and dictation
  • Teach mentally or emotionally-impaired students
  • Teach secondary or post-secondary courses
  • Teach work-related or interest-based courses
  • Translate written or spoken language
  • Update educational curriculum
  • Upload data to website or online server for information sharing
  • Write letters of recommendation
  • Write research or project grant proposals
  • Write scholarly or technical research documents

  • Achievement
    - 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.
  • 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.


Compact disk players or recorders: Compact disk CD players;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Digital camcorders or video cameras: Digital camcorders; 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;

Laser fax machine: Laser facsimile machines;

Laser printers: Computer laser printers;

Liquid crystal display projector: Liquid crystal display LCD projectors;

Loudspeakers: Audio amplification speakers;

Microphone stand: Microphone podiums;

Microphones: Handheld microphones; Wireless microphones;

MP3 players or recorders: MP3 digital voice recorders;

Multimedia projectors: Multimedia projection equipment; Computer projectors;

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;

Videoconferencing systems: Videoconferencing equipment;

Web cameras: Webcams;


Calendar and scheduling software: Calendar and scheduling software;

Charting software: Lucidchart;

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

Data base user interface and query software: Data entry software;

Document management software: Adobe Systems Adobe Reader;

Electronic mail software: Email software; Microsoft Outlook;

Graphics or photo imaging software: Graphics creation software; Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software;

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

Internet browser software: Web browser software; Apple Safari; Google Chrome;

Music or sound editing software: VLC Media Player;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

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

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Video creation and editing software: Apple QuickTime;

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

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