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Foreign Language & Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: French Professor, Professor, Spanish Instructor, Spanish Professor

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • foreign language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • sociology and anthropology


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • 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:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation


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)
master's degree or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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