Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary

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About the Job

Teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

It is also Called

  • Technology Coordinator
  • Programming Coordinator
  • Professor
  • Office Technology Professor
  • Network Technology Instructor
  • Mathematics Professor
  • Math Instructor
  • Management Information Systems Professor (MIS Professor)
  • Lecturer
  • Java Programming Professor
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What They Do

  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Direct research of other teachers or of graduate students working for advanced academic degrees.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.

Preparation Required

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).


In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $113,990 with most people making between $53,190 and $188,900


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,700 people in California. It is projected that there will be 3,100 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 40 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 90 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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