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What's it like to be a college professor?
I'm not yet in college, but i'm curious about what kind of work-life professors have. Is there a big difference in pay/lifestyle between an undergraduate and graduate professor?
How many hours per week does a single college professor generally spend teaching class?
Are many professors employed during the summer months too?
Would the average professor generally have plenty of time to conduct research during the standard '9 to '5 work hours, or is it typically after-hours?
Some during regular hours, some during after-hours.
Well, Sakky's summary is true for the bare minimum, but people who get tenure are not likely, by personality, to be interested in the bare minimum. At the most venal, although once tenured you are assured a job, your salary will still depend on productivity. Do nothing for years, and your real income can plummet. In order to stay at the top of the field- and get promoted from associate to full professor, get books published, get speaking invitations, etc. you have to work hard at your research. Scientists cannot take the summer off because they have labs to run.