Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

risk level
Based on 70 votes
by year 2032
or $36.55 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

40% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

49% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 40% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary' job openings is expected to rise 7.8% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary' was $76,030, or $36 per hour

'Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary' were paid 64.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 19,520 people employed as 'Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 7 thousand people are employed as 'Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary'.

Job description

Teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

SOC Code: 25-1124.00


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Carlos (Low) says
Language learning at a basic level can be automated quite efficiently. However, transitioning from a low level of competence to a high level requires a lot of feedback, experience, and human interaction.

To the extent that it would require a general AI to fully automate it.
Jun 11, 2022 at 09:32 PM
Sara Donahue (Low) says
The human component is fundamental in language teaching.
Nov 10, 2021 at 06:47 PM
Brian MacDonald (Low) says
People want human teachers like they will want human nurses.
Oct 29, 2021 at 02:34 PM

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