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Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Communication Instructor, Communication Professor, Instructor, Professor

What they do:
Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
On the job, you would:
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as public speaking, media criticism, and oral traditions.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
  • multimedia
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Video creation and editing software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Avid Media Composer
Music or sound editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Audacity


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

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