Postsecondary teachers held about 1.3 million jobs in 2014.
In 2014, about 76 percent of postsecondary teachers worked for colleges, universities, and professional schools and about 20 percent worked for junior colleges. Much smaller percentages of postsecondary teachers worked in industries such as career and technical schools, business schools and computer and management training facilities, and hospitals.
Many postsecondary teachers find their jobs rewarding because they are surrounded by others who enjoy their subject. The opportunity to share their expertise with others also is appealing to many.
However, some postsecondary teachers must find a balance between teaching students and doing research and publishing their findings. This can be stressful, especially for beginning teachers seeking advancement in 4-year research universities. At the community college level, professors focus mainly on teaching students and administrative duties.
Classes are generally held during the day, although some are offered in the evenings and weekends to accommodate students who have jobs or family obligations.
Although some postsecondary teachers teach summer courses, many do not and use that time to conduct research, involve themselves in professional development, or to travel.
Many postsecondary teachers work part time. They may work part time at several colleges or universities.
Postsecondary teachers' schedules generally are flexible. Full-time teachers need to be on campus to teach classes and have office hours. Otherwise, they are free to set their schedule to prepare for classes and grade assignments. They may also spend time carrying out administrative responsibilities such as serving on committees.