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All About Foreign Language and Literature Professors

Foreign Language & Literature Professor Example Teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Life As a Foreign Language & Literature Professor

  • Develop and maintain Web pages for teaching-related purposes.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Organize and direct study abroad programs.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as how to speak and write a foreign language and the cultural aspects of areas where a particular language is used.

What Every Foreign Language & Literature Professor Should Know

Foreign Language and Literature Professors state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

Speaking: 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.

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

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

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Other Foreign Language & Literature Professor Job Titles

  • Spanish Professor
  • Bilingual Teacher
  • Japanese Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • French Teacher

Foreign Language & Literature Professor Job Outlook

There were about 35,000 jobs for Foreign Language and Literature Professor in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 11.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,100 new jobs for Foreign Language and Literature Professor by 2026. There will be an estimated 3,200 positions for Foreign Language & Literature Professor per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Foreign Language & Literature Professor are Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, Vermont, or Nebraska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Foreign Language & Literature Professor

The average yearly salary of a Foreign Language & Literature Professor ranges between $38,910 and $137,860.

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Foreign Language and Literature Professors who work in California, Rhode Island, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Foreign Language and Literature Professors in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $58,720
Arizona $69,820
Arkansas $66,410
California $114,690
Colorado $65,040
Connecticut $73,360
District of Columbia $72,050
Florida $86,580
Georgia $61,650
Illinois $70,480
Indiana $72,500
Iowa $76,110
Kansas $72,070
Kentucky $67,020
Louisiana $62,190
Maine $70,040
Maryland $78,960
Massachusetts $84,890
Michigan $75,020
Minnesota $70,130
Mississippi $59,690
Missouri $80,020
Montana $54,310
Nebraska $64,840
Nevada $57,030
New Jersey $92,110
New Mexico $26,760
New York $87,670
North Carolina $65,540
North Dakota $60,860
Ohio $70,140
Oklahoma $54,560
Oregon $72,020
Pennsylvania $78,240
Rhode Island $85,670
South Carolina $68,850
South Dakota $65,280
Tennessee $67,560
Texas $71,920
Utah $85,810
Virginia $68,850
Washington $67,950
West Virginia $41,930
Wisconsin $73,400

Tools & Technologies Used by Foreign Language and Literature Professors

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

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

Becoming a Foreign Language & Literature Professor

Are there Foreign Language and Literature Professors education requirements?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Foreign Language and Literature Professors Work

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Those thinking about becoming a Foreign Language and Literature Professor might also be interested in the following careers:

Career changers with experience as a Foreign Language and Literature Professor sometimes find work in one of the following fields:

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