Postsecondary Teachers

risk level
Based on 451 votes
by year 2031
or $39.55 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

17% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

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38% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 17% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

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


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Postsecondary Teachers' job openings is expected to rise 10.6% by 2031

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 2023, the median annual wage for 'Postsecondary Teachers' was $82,270, or $39 per hour

'Postsecondary Teachers' were paid 71.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 1,394,110 people employed as 'Postsecondary Teachers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.9% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 108 people are employed as 'Postsecondary Teachers'.

Job description

This category comprises of these occupations:
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
History Teachers, Postsecondary
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Postsecondary


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V (Uncertain) says
I think it will depend on a few factors:
- What value does society place on education
- The value placed in human connection = Need of a teacher
- How widespread the gap in early learning gets
- Equitable access to learning/instructional resources.
Feb 18, 2024 at 08:53 PM
Matt McAllister (Low) says
Most postsecondary education is vocationally based and relies on practical, hands-on skills, as well as knowledge.
Aug 28, 2023 at 11:09 AM
Collin (Moderate) says
Education can be performed by an AI without necessarily having a physical teacher present, especially with the rise of remote learning.
May 22, 2023 at 01:04 AM
Gabriel (Low) says
I believe that the task of educating is irreplaceable, you will always need someone to help and understand you. You need to create a bond with a teacher in order to learn better.
Apr 23, 2023 at 05:26 PM
ChatGPT3.5 says
ChatGPT-3.5 says:

While it is true that people often seek help from others to understand complex topics, the argument that robots cannot do this is not entirely accurate. With the advent of advanced artificial intelligence, robots and other digital technologies are becoming increasingly capable of answering complex questions and providing guidance to people.

In fact, AI-powered platforms such as chatbots and virtual assistants are already being used in many industries, including education, to help students and teachers with their questions and doubts. These systems are designed to understand natural language and can provide personalized, accurate responses to a wide range of queries.

Furthermore, robots and other forms of AI can potentially provide benefits that human teachers cannot. For example, they can work 24/7 and provide consistent answers to the same questions, eliminating the variability and subjectivity that can arise with human teachers. They can also leverage large amounts of data and use advanced algorithms to personalize their responses to each individual's needs and learning style.

Overall, while human teachers may continue to play a vital role in education, it is not accurate to say that robots cannot provide similar levels of guidance and support. As AI continues to advance, it is likely that robots will increasingly be used to complement and enhance human teaching, rather than replace it entirely.
Apr 10, 2023 at 06:52 PM
Effie (Uncertain) says
As an aspiring teacher, I do believe that in-person, in-classroom instruction often benefits children best.
Feb 28, 2023 at 12:58 AM
jahamez (Highly likely) says
because some students do not like teachers
Jun 08, 2022 at 08:53 AM
Maddy (Low) says
Probably not going to happen because teachers need to adapt to their students and I doubt robotics will be able to do that.
Nov 17, 2021 at 08:23 AM
Marta (No chance) says
People need other people to explain to them the most complex topics, and they need someone who can answer all their doubts even if they are not well formulated. Robots can't do that.
Sep 27, 2021 at 10:52 PM

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