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What Do Philosophy & Religion Professor Do?

Job Description: Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

List of Philosophy & Religion Professor Job Duties

  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Write articles and books.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

Philosophy & Religion Professor Needed Skills

When polled, Philosophy and Religion Professors say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • Philosophy Instructor
  • Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
  • Adjunct Faculty Member
  • Religion Professor
  • Department Chair

Philosophy & Religion Professor Employment Estimates

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 31,800 jobs in the United States for Philosophy & Religion Professor. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 12.3% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,900 new jobs for Philosophy & Religion Professor by 2026. There will be an estimated 2,900 positions for Philosophy & Religion Professor per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Philosophy & Religion Professor are Colorado, New York, and Missouri. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, South Dakota, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Philosophy and Religion Professors Salary

The salary for Philosophy and Religion Professors ranges between about $38,860 and $135,170 a year.

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Philosophy and Religion Professors who work in California, New Hampshire, or Rhode Island, make the highest salaries.

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

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $63,930
Arizona $84,050
Arkansas $88,200
California $114,370
Colorado $65,220
Connecticut $74,880
District of Columbia $84,880
Florida $86,410
Georgia $77,770
Hawaii $77,580
Idaho $79,120
Illinois $81,200
Indiana $77,870
Iowa $79,510
Kansas $72,710
Kentucky $70,730
Louisiana $56,200
Maine $82,740
Maryland $99,870
Massachusetts $84,290
Michigan $77,990
Minnesota $74,360
Mississippi $68,680
Missouri $72,220
Montana $49,080
Nebraska $69,270
Nevada $54,010
New Hampshire $92,100
New Jersey $84,620
New York $80,480
North Carolina $81,680
Ohio $76,550
Oklahoma $55,390
Oregon $74,050
Pennsylvania $84,800
Rhode Island $105,620
South Carolina $68,370
South Dakota $66,600
Tennessee $75,500
Texas $87,240
Utah $88,740
Virginia $72,280
Washington $73,820
West Virginia $60,220
Wisconsin $73,980

Tools & Technologies Used by Philosophy and Religion Professors

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Philosophy and Religion Professors may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Google Docs
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Learning management system LMS
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Course management system software
  • Desire2Learn
  • Collaborative editing software
  • DOC Cop
  • Sakai CLE
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • Image scanning software
  • Moodle

How do I Become a Philosophy & Religion Professor?

What education or degrees do I need to become a Philosophy & Religion Professor?

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What work experience do I need to become a Philosophy & Religion Professor?

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