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Barry is an Assistant Professor in Bioengineering at the University of Washington. He explains how he initially didn't want to be a professor, but shares how he eventually figured out his pathway to work with students and researchers.

School: University of Washington
Degree: Chemical Engineering
Job Title: Bioengineering Assistant Professor
Employer: University of Washington

Job Summary: Postsecondary Teachers

Job Description

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

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Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. Instead, schools may seek workers who have experience or certification in the field they wish to teach.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $130,000
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10 to 20 percent
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Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills, Creativity, Leadership ability, People skills, Public speaking ability

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