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English Language & Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: English Instructor, English Professor, Instructor, Professor

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What they do:
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. 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.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.


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


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • teaching people how to do something
  • looking for ways to help people


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
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:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Attention to Detail
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Blackboard Learn
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Word processing software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google Docs


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

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