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Life As a Communications Professor

Position Description Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A Day in the Life of a Communications Professor

  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Keep abreast of developments and technological advances in the communication field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.

Communications Professor Required Skills

Communications Professors state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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

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

  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Speech Communication Instructor
  • Journalism Teacher
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Communications Faculty Member

Communications Professor Employment Estimates

There were about 34,100 jobs for Communications Professor in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,400 new jobs for Communications Professor by 2026. The BLS estimates 3,000 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Communications Professor are Utah, Colorado, and Missouri. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Wyoming, or Rhode Island. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Communications Professors Make A Lot Of Money?

The average yearly salary of a Communications Professor ranges between $35,870 and $133,570.

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Communications Professors who work in Connecticut, New Hampshire, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Communications Professors in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $64,270
Arkansas $65,060
Colorado $58,270
Connecticut $83,720
District of Columbia $92,970
Florida $77,290
Georgia $77,820
Hawaii $60,030
Idaho $71,100
Illinois $78,810
Iowa $88,340
Kansas $70,090
Kentucky $68,530
Louisiana $65,150
Maine $62,060
Maryland $76,040
Massachusetts $79,930
Michigan $71,770
Minnesota $67,630
Mississippi $54,940
Missouri $76,730
Montana $59,700
Nebraska $71,140
Nevada $59,780
New Hampshire $88,600
New Jersey $92,200
New York $90,470
North Carolina $65,770
North Dakota $68,790
Ohio $74,860
Oklahoma $50,700
Oregon $80,700
Pennsylvania $76,720
Rhode Island $80,330
South Carolina $65,620
South Dakota $66,390
Tennessee $56,860
Texas $68,900
Utah $74,270
Virginia $67,530
Washington $60,370
West Virginia $51,150
Wisconsin $79,870
Wyoming $66,780

What Tools do Communications Professors Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Communications Professors:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Google Docs
  • Blackboard
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Learning management system LMS
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Course management system software
  • Sakai CLE
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Desire2Learn

How to Become a Communications Professor

What kind of Communications Professor requirements are there?

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What work experience do I need to become a Communications Professor?

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Where Communications Professors Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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