What do 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.

Also known as:

Adjunct Instructor, Adjunct Spanish Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Biblical Languages Professor, Chinese Instructor, Chinese Language Professor, College Professor, Foreign Language Instructor, Foreign Languages Professor, French Instructor, French Professor, French Teacher, German Instructor, German Professor, Greek Professor, Hebrew Professor, Instructor, Japanese Professor, Language Instructor, Languages Professor, Lecturer, Modern Languages Professor, Professor, Spanish Instructor, Spanish Language Lecturer, Spanish Lecturer, Spanish Professor, Spanish Teacher, Teacher

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in KS

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  • 5%

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    Ranks #46 in job growth rate
    20

    Job Openings

    Ranks #57 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (47%)
  • Master's degree  (31%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (15%)
  • Associate's degree  (2%)
  • Some college, no degree  (2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (2%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (1%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Foreign Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Guide class discussions.
  • Teach humanities courses at the college level.
  • Research topics in area of expertise.
  • Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.
  • Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Develop instructional objectives.
  • Select educational materials or equipment.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Supervise student research or internship work.
  • Write reports or evaluations.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
  • Direct department activities.
  • Coordinate student extracurricular activities.
  • Promote educational institutions or programs.
  • Perform student enrollment or registration activities.
  • Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.
  • Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
  • Write grant proposals.
  • Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.

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