Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+6.7% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree


What Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary Do

Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Other Job Titles Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary May Have

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Humanities Professor, Instructor, Philosophy Instructor, Philosophy Professor, Professor, Religion Professor, Religious Studies Professor, Theology Professor

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Dean's Endowed Professor of Biblical Studies

Some days I work from home, and some days I go to the university. When I work from home I start early and spend most of the morning reading and writing. In the afternoons I run errands, including exercise. By 2:00 after eating my last meal of the day, I tend to various office chores. When on campus I teach my courses, attend meetings, and usually visit the library on my way out.

Philosophy Professor ,

Morgan State University

Due to the pandemic, a typical day at work looks a lot different than it normally does. Instead of teaching in a classroom, my classes are asynchronous. I assign work to my students to do at their own pace and don't meet with them virtually. Although starting next semester I am going to have a virtual class. A typical day involves me grading papers, creating assignments, lesson planning, and having one on ones with students who have questions or need help.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students and the community on topics such as ethics, logic, and contemporary religious thought.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

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