Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.8% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree


What Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary Do

Teach courses in sociology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Other Job Titles Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary May Have

Adjunct Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Faculty Member, Instructor, Lecturer, Professor, Social Science Instructor, Sociology Instructor, Sociology Professor

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Graduate Student ,

George Mason University and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

I work on my dissertation and community organizing. I spend time working on applications for grants and funding opportunities for the community or academic work I do. I take time to email or communicate with others on shared projects or community efforts. I grade papers or work on syllabi for future courses, and I spend a significant amount of time reading materials for my dissertation and community organizing work.

Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology ,

Temple University

There is no "typical" day in my life. Every single day is different and I travel constantly. Here's an example of 3 recent day: Monday: Write research memos, conduct an experiment for a new study, do recruitment for a new survey Tuesday: Teach, travel to NYC to speak at a conference while taking calls with policymakers, speak, write on the return home Wednesday: Attend community event, attend department & faculty mttgs, deliver keynote lecture, research meeting, support a student, work dinner

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as race and ethnic relations, measurement and data collection, and workplace social relations.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

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