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What You Need to Know About Foreign Language and Literature Professor

Occupation Description 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.

A Day in the Life of a Foreign Language & Literature Professor

  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as how to speak and write a foreign language and the cultural aspects of areas where a particular language is used.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Keep abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional organizations and activities.

Foreign Language & Literature Professor Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Foreign Language and Literature Professors say are important on the job.

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.

  • French Lecturer
  • Assistant Professor of German
  • Arabic Teacher
  • Foreign Languages and Literature Professor
  • Humanities Professor

Foreign Language & Literature Professor Employment Estimates

In the United States, there were 35,000 jobs for Foreign Language and Literature Professor in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 11.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,100 new jobs for Foreign Language and Literature Professor by 2026. There will be an estimated 3,200 positions for Foreign Language & Literature Professor per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Foreign Language & Literature Professor are Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, Vermont, or Nebraska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Foreign Language & Literature Professor Salary

The salary for Foreign Language and Literature Professors ranges between about $38,910 and $137,860 a year.

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Foreign Language and Literature Professors who work in California, Rhode Island, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

How much do Foreign Language and Literature Professors make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $58,720
Arizona $69,820
Arkansas $66,410
California $114,690
Colorado $65,040
Connecticut $73,360
District of Columbia $72,050
Florida $86,580
Georgia $61,650
Illinois $70,480
Indiana $72,500
Iowa $76,110
Kansas $72,070
Kentucky $67,020
Louisiana $62,190
Maine $70,040
Maryland $78,960
Massachusetts $84,890
Michigan $75,020
Minnesota $70,130
Mississippi $59,690
Missouri $80,020
Montana $54,310
Nebraska $64,840
Nevada $57,030
New Jersey $92,110
New Mexico $26,760
New York $87,670
North Carolina $65,540
North Dakota $60,860
Ohio $70,140
Oklahoma $54,560
Oregon $72,020
Pennsylvania $78,240
Rhode Island $85,670
South Carolina $68,850
South Dakota $65,280
Tennessee $67,560
Texas $71,920
Utah $85,810
Virginia $68,850
Washington $67,950
West Virginia $41,930
Wisconsin $73,400

Tools & Technologies Used by Foreign Language and Literature Professors

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Foreign Language and Literature Professors:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Google Docs
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Blackboard
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Learning management system LMS
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Sakai CLE
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • Course management system software
  • Desire2Learn

Becoming a Foreign Language & Literature Professor

What kind of Foreign Language and Literature Professor requirements are there?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Foreign Language and Literature Professors Are Employed

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Foreign Language and Literature Professors work in the following industries:

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