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Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Sociology Professor, Professor, Sociology Instructor, Assistant Professor

What they do:
Teach courses in sociology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
On the job, you would:
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as race and ethnic relations, measurement and data collection, and workplace social relations.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • sociology and anthropology
  • psychology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Persistence
  • Independence
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Centre for Multilevel Modeling MLwiN software
  • SAS software
Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Word processing software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google Docs

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$67,940
per year, on average
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