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Professors and Instructors

Education & Training

Service Branches

Work Environment

Professors and instructors usually work in classrooms and lecture halls.

  • Military Status

    Officer

  • Average Military Salary

    $96,608

Overview

The work of a professor and instructor is multi-faceted. Professors and instructors are tasked with the design and delivery of instruction in the classroom. They spend their time teaching, conducting research, and supporting their students in a variety of academic and vocational subjects related to their military occupations. Some specialize by functional area, such as military-specific/tactical.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here.

Professors and instructors are subject matter experts in their field. Job training for professors and instructors primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments, and through receiving advanced civilian/industry certifications and licenses (credentials), which may require additional education, training, or experience. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Interest in teaching
  • Preference for working closely with people

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