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Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Social Work Professor

What they do:
Teach courses in social work. 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.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.


Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
  • therapy and counseling


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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Word processing software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google Docs
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook


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

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