Common Myths About Being A Faculty Member

There are as many as 1,837 colleges and universities in the U.S., collectively earning $442 billion each and every year. In other words, American colleges and universities offer great opportunity -- especially for those looking for college teaching jobs or higher education positions. There are some troubling myths, however, floating around the web and even through the halls of some of the best universities that may deter job seekers from pursuing jobs in colleges. Here is the truth about these myths.

Myth: There Are Fewer Faculty Jobs Than There Were Years Ago
Yes, just about everyone knows that the recession happened -- and Americans are only recently dragging themselves out of it. For that reason, some fear that there are too few college jobs to go around. But that's just not true. In fact, colleges are hiring more professors -- and in several different ways. As of 2011, for example, 75.5% of U.S. college professors are contingent or adjunct faculty members. Adjunct professors typically have much more flexibility than their full-time counterparts. Moreover, a greater number of colleges are offering online courses -- and giving professors the option of teaching via video, recordings, online discussions, and PowerPoint presentations, too.

Myth: It's "One Of The Least Stressful Jobs Of 2013," According To Forbes
This one -- like it or not -- is a myth. And that's probably a good thing. One misguided Forbes article suggested that college jobs are some of the least stressful jobs out there (at least as of 2013). The job may actually be getting a tad more stressful, with some colleges catering to students rather than vice versa. (If students cannot get SAT scores higher than 600 on any particular section, for example, colleges lower requirements.) This, however, can be a plus. It suggests college faculty is deserving of respect -- especially if they continue to push students to achieve more where others would not.

Don't believe everything you hear. There are plenty of college jobs out there -- and you may even be able to work from home during the summer, too! Moreover, although college professors are facing more challenges, rising above them shows dedication and often earns respect.


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