University Professor

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Littledragon
08/23/2010

University Professor 4

I'm going to approach this review both as a comparison of university education with compulsory education as well as university education as an overall occupation in society.

At one point I was considering university level versus high school level teaching. After an extensive amount of conversation with both various university and middle/high school educators, I decided to pursue the university profession for various reasons.

As a university professor, you are charged with following a certain curriculum but have freedom in how you apply its instruction and in many cases also have more of a say in the administrative portion of its creation. You can also impart your opinion on the matter more, which of course can be a good or a bad thing depending on what you are trying to impart. At the compulsory education level, you are more restricted to the curriculum and really have to watch what you say for fear of reprisal.

Unless your field of study revolves around general education courses, you will have more interested students at the university level. You will still have students that aren't interested in the class at all, but not nearly as many as you would find at the compulsory level. Uninterested students also tend to skip quite a few classes at the university level, which doesn't happen at the compulsory level because they are forced to attend.

This brings up another point. Young students that are uninterested often up end being disruptive, which ultimately leads to teachers having to deal with parents (who can be just as bad as their children) and with the administration. This isn't as big a problem at the university. I have known professors who have actually successfully told disruptive students to leave their classroom. University professors also do not have to discuss anything with parents, as the vast majority of students are over the age of 18 and legally considered adults.

University professors do have more paperwork than their compulsory level counterparts. University tests and papers are often much longer and the professors also have to deal, to a certain degree, with administrative paperwork. Whereas compulsory level class preparation is often set in stone, university level classes are more expansive due to the ever increasing amount of topics and research covered. Unfortunately, this also leads to paperwork.

Research is also a cornerstone of college level education that isn't as prominent in the compulsory level. Professors are often tasked with coming up with new materials through research. For someone who constantly aspires to learn new things, it fits their personality like a glove. There are professors who don't enjoy that aspect and will do the bare minimum, which often reflects in their performance in the classroom.

Unfortunately, many (but not all) university professors often tend to have bigger egos than compulsory level teachers. It wasn't surprising to hear of "ivory tower politics" from some of my university professor friends. In case you are unfamiliar with ivory tower politics, it revolves around professors in the same programs trying to surreptitiously discredit one another in an attempt to gain more prestige for advancement. It's similar to office politics, but on a more intellectual, rather than productive scale.

Overall, the university professor profession is good. New professors start around 60K-80K depending on the school and field of study, which isn't great (considering you need a PhD or equivalent degree) but it isn't bad either. Experienced professors can earn close to 100K. I have heard of some earning almost 150K (probably Ivy League profs with massive amounts of experience in a popular field such as law). It's not the highest paid job but it isn't bad considering the fact that professors get 3-4 months of vacation (mid-May to mid-August, mid-December to mid-January, unless they have to do summer courses, which don't last long) on top of great benefits.

The profession isn't for everyone, but if research and higher level teaching is a keen interest, then it might just be the job for you.

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DrEntropy
06/05/2008

University Professor 5

Not surprising to see this at the top of the list: overall, it's the best job in the world:

1. Once tenured, you can't get fired for anything short of a major felony

2. The benefits are better than nearly any non-government job

3. You can work as much (or as little) as you want

4. It's a highly enjoyable profession, provided you're interested in your field of study

5. It's generally well paid, if less than a few other professions

Profs tend towards depression, OCD, borderline autism and general whining, but they are happier in their jobs than 99% of humanity.

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irishgit
08/29/2007

University Professor 2

Once tenured, this tends to be dominated by over-educated canine fornicators.

There are some very fine minds here, but there are too many office occupying nitwits as well.

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HistoryFan
03/15/2007

University Professor 5

I can't decide; should I be a university professor or a librarian?  I would love to be both :)

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Randyman
03/04/2007

University Professor 1

They'd be in deep sh*t if I was the Perfessor.

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jbsaund
12/26/2006

University Professor 5

This isn't a profession for everyone but if you are driven and passionate about learning (and it doesn't hurt to be smart) how can you beat being paid to read and think about a subject that interests you?

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bobble-head
04/05/2006

University Professor 4

A fun fact to know is that most college professors in this day and age did not actually graduate from college.

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CanadaSucks
01/17/2006

University Professor 5

A wonderful job if you can get it. . .most are good, some are bad. . .but that's any profession. I laugh at those who complain- "they're stuck up-they think they're smarter than everyone else!" Kids, they are smarter than almost everyone else. . .learning how to deal with an arrogant professor was a great learning lesson for me in dealing with real-world corporate sharks. . .

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numbah16tdhaha
01/17/2006

University Professor 3

Slow down for a moment. Some professors (alot, in fact) most certainly do fit the desrciption I just read, but there are some good ones once you get away from the stuffy, tenure obsessed university types. I think a few of my professors are fantastic at what they do, but indeed, some are just idiots with paper that says they know something. Its all about whether you care about people learning or want to fail as many people as you can so they wont take your job.

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Chalky
01/17/2006

University Professor 5

professors get a 5 because they are overpaid, couldn't care less about their students, and are on a superiority trip. i see merit in those who make contributions as far as scientific research and what not but overall, professors suck. 80k to communication and philosophy professors--cya in hell

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LanceRoxas
02/15/2005

University Professor 5

I should be finishing up my masters this year and hopefully starting on my PhD next year if everything falls into place properly. After that I hope to become a political science professor- it would be my dream job. Considering I'm preoccupied with politics most of my waking hours I might as well make a career out of it.

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Djahuti
02/15/2005

University Professor 4

Like everything,the ones who really do their job well are under-appreciated and those who are just there to impose their prejudices on the students and collect a paycheck should get fired.Many Professors make much less money than people think.

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jakemr33
12/15/2004

University Professor 5

Some of the professors I've had have it so easy. Some get paid 80 to 100K as year for doing absolutely nothing!!!! It blows my mind!

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Skizero
12/15/2004

University Professor 2

highly paid blowhards

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ashleys
07/20/2004

University Professor 3

Tenure. Stress. Seems to me like one long very important school project in order gain tenure.

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winter_spirit
04/14/2004

University Professor 5

Professor... the name itself cries out 'prestige'! As a student, I'm sure we all had teachers that we admired (I'm not saying all of them...), and what a joy it would be to be admired, respected, and paid for it! What would be better than being a scholar? You get to research independently and be acquainted with brilliant youthful minds, along with other noble colleagues. It really depends on the university of course, but generally speaking, university professor is a dream job for anyone with a desire for an experience of a lifetime.

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VirileVagabond
04/09/2004

University Professor 5

I can think of few professions that appear more rewarding and enjoyable than a university professor. Of course we now seem to have two types of professors, namely teachers and researchers/publishers. This is unfortunate as academic politics have forced many who are better suited for just one function to do both functions (and sometimes poorly). Nevertheless, such daily interaction with young, mature and eager minds must be fulfilling on a personal and professional level. Moreover, a university professor is usually respected in society.

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Enkidu
02/22/2004

University Professor 5

The three best things are June, July and August. There's more, though: the joy of watching a mind open up to new ideas; the exquisite pleasure of watching brilliant minds grow and blossom like tropical plants. On the other hand, babysitting the immature, dealing with cheaters, and facing the horrible sight of minds encased in concrete already at the tender age of 18. I don't do it any more, but I had some good times teaching.

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minkey
02/20/2004

University Professor 4

A very rewarding career where you can significanlty impact peoples lives in a positive way. And at this level of education, students generally have an interest in the subject matter.

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kamylienne
10/12/2003

University Professor 5

Most educators get a "5" in my eyes. I've met several that I haven't agreed with much at all, and even had very strong disagreements with, but I've always had respect for them and they for their students. Many are very laid-back, probably feeling more at ease teaching those who are more mature. Most are very approachable. Their jobs are very important in a world that almost requires higher education for almost all lines of work.

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JimmyInAtlanta
06/30/2003

University Professor 2

I know some very good college teachers, but the idea of being one doesn't turn me on in any way. I'd rather do than teach. Computers should do the teaching nowadays. Many teachers are screwed up in the head.

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notation
06/15/2003

University Professor 3

The best of this breed preserve and (sometimes) extend the body of knowledge in their field of expertise.

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RebelYell1861
05/28/2003

University Professor 3

I'm gonna give it 3 stars because it shouldn't be at the very top of this list.

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