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Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

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.   (O'Net 25-1124.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Adjunct Instructor, Adjunct Latin Professor, Adjunct Spanish Instructor, Arabic Professor, Arabic Teacher, Assistant Professor   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $43,240   $47,830   $66,600   $76,870   $83,190   $64,450  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $43,160   $46,880   $59,450   $75,350   $81,340   $61,170  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $51,080   $59,760   $72,480   $83,370   $119,090   $77,410  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
    n/a - For some occupations that do not generally work full time year-round, only hourly wages or annual salaries are reported depending on how they are typically paid.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 309 323 0.4% 7
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Educational services; state, local, and private 99.7%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 0.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
     
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
     
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
     
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
     
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
     
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
     
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
     
  • Keep abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional organizations and activities.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Foreign Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
     
  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
     
  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
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  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
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  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Scheduling Work and Activities - Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
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  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
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  • Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Albanian Language and Literature.
     
    • American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
     
    • Applied Linguistics. (NEW)
     
    • Arabic Language and Literature.
     
    • Australian/Oceanic/Pacific Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Baltic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Bengali Language and Literature.
     
    • Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian Languages and Literatures.
     
    • Bulgarian Language and Literature.
     
    • Burmese Language and Literature.
     
    • Catalan Language and Literature.
     
    • Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Chinese Language and Literature.
     
    • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
     
    • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Czech Language and Literature.
     
    • Danish Language and Literature.
     
    • Dutch/Flemish Language and Literature.
     
    • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
     
    • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Filipino/Tagalog Language and Literature.
     
    • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
     
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
     
    • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
     
    • French Language and Literature.
     
    • French Language Teacher Education.
     
    • German Language and Literature.
     
    • German Language Teacher Education.
     
    • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
     
    • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Hebrew Language and Literature.
     
    • Hindi Language and Literature.
     
    • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General. (NEW)
     
    • Hungarian/Magyar Language and Literature.
     
    • Indonesian/Malay Languages and Literatures.
     
    • Iranian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Italian Language and Literature.
     
    • Japanese Language and Literature.
     
    • Khmer/Cambodian Language and Literature.
     
    • Korean Language and Literature.
     
    • Language Interpretation and Translation.
     
    • Lao Language and Literature.
     
    • Latin Language and Literature.
     
    • Latin Teacher Education.
     
    • Linguistics.
     
    • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
     
    • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Modern Greek Language and Literature.
     
    • Mongolian Language and Literature.
     
    • Norwegian Language and Literature.
     
    • Polish Language and Literature.
     
    • Portuguese Language and Literature.
     
    • Punjabi Language and Literature.
     
    • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
     
    • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Romanian Language and Literature.
     
    • Russian Language and Literature.
     
    • Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Slavic, Baltic, and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
     
    • Slovak Language and Literature.
     
    • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
     
    • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Southeast Asian and Australasian/Pacific Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
     
    • Southeast Asian and Australasian/Pacific Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Spanish Language and Literature.
     
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
     
    • Swedish Language and Literature.
     
    • Tamil Language and Literature.
     
    • Thai Language and Literature.
     
    • Tibetan Language and Literature.
     
    • Turkic, Uralic-Altaic, Caucasian, and Central Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistic
     
    • Turkish Language and Literature.
     
    • Ukrainian Language and Literature.
     
    • Uralic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
     
    • Urdu Language and Literature.
     
    • Vietnamese Language and Literature.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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