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What Does it Take to Be a Computer Science Professor?

Job Description & Duties Teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Life As a Computer Science Professor

  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as programming, data structures, and software design.

Skills Needed to be a Computer Science Professor

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

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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.

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What Kind of Computer Science Professor Job Opportunities Are There?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 39,700 jobs in the United States for Computer Science Professor. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.1% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,200 new jobs for Computer Science Professor by 2026. The BLS estimates 3,400 yearly job openings in this field.

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

Average Computer Science Professors Salary

The average yearly salary of a Computer Science Professor ranges between $41,820 and $166,710.

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Computer Science Professors who work in California, Rhode Island, or District of Columbia, make the highest salaries.

How much do Computer Science Professors make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $92,930
Arizona $98,630
Arkansas $69,480
California $140,720
Colorado $84,260
Connecticut $88,900
Delaware $92,530
District of Columbia $123,250
Florida $78,370
Georgia $85,080
Hawaii $86,420
Idaho $100,110
Illinois $83,270
Iowa $100,060
Kansas $75,130
Kentucky $80,390
Louisiana $95,480
Maine $78,550
Maryland $107,350
Massachusetts $106,670
Michigan $98,450
Minnesota $93,230
Mississippi $80,790
Missouri $88,260
Montana $69,970
Nebraska $87,480
Nevada $70,010
New Hampshire $102,210
New Jersey $105,890
New Mexico $77,460
New York $105,860
North Carolina $72,320
North Dakota $91,200
Ohio $112,390
Oklahoma $68,990
Oregon $100,170
Pennsylvania $105,900
Rhode Island $127,430
South Carolina $76,950
South Dakota $74,270
Tennessee $81,980
Texas $92,350
Utah $105,560
Virginia $90,880
Washington $79,880
West Virginia $61,990
Wisconsin $93,760
Wyoming $75,900

Tools & Technologies Used by Computer Science Professors

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

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Database software
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Google Docs
  • UNIX
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • C
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

How do I Become a Computer Science Professor?

Education needed to be a Computer Science Professor:

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Computer Science Professor?

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Where Computer Science 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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