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Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Economics Professor, Instructor, Professor, Professor of Economics

What they do:
Teach courses in economics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as econometrics, price theory, and macroeconomics.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.


  • accounting and economics
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Minitab software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Learning management system LMS software
Word processing software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google Docs


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

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