Business profesors teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor, and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as financial accounting, principles of marketing, and operations management.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional organizations and conferences.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and career issues.
  • Develop and maintain course Web sites.
  • Collaborate with members of the business community to improve programs, to develop new programs, and to provide student access to learning opportunities, such as internships.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Mentor new faculty.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
Work Context
  • Electronic Mail — 100% responded "Every day".
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 86% responded "A lot of freedom".
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 72% responded "A lot of freedom".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 89% responded "Every day".
  • Public Speaking — 65% responded "Once a week or more but not every day".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 46% responded "Every day".
  • Contact With Others — 52% responded "Contact with others most of the time".
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Work Activities
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Support the professional development of others.
  • Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.
  • Advise others on career or personal development.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
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Knowledge

English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Administration and Management
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Skills

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.
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Abilities

Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Clarity
  • The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
  • Spreadsheet software
Object or component oriented development software
  • R Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS Hot Technology
  • SPSS
  • StataCorp Stata
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Education

Doctoral Degree or
Master's Degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$88,010
$39,720
$202,080