Does a PhD make you a professor?

This post is an updated version of a previous post I wrote on Facebook which was widely shared on various social media platforms in Ghana. It seems that people are still confused.

There is no higher degree than the doctorate. A doctorate is a degree, while a professor is associated with university education. Doctorate holders often use the title “doctor”.

A doctorate is a professional degree, like an MBA or JD.

It is poorly designed to make you academic. Some people – some engineers, business scientists, future school principals – become doctors to advance their careers. Economics PhDs can get great jobs in banks, investment firms or government. But in general, the purpose of a doctoral program is to create professors.

So, except in special cases, the basic advice is to do a doctorate only if you want to be a professor. Are you? I’ll explain how it is in a moment.

Five steps to becoming a teacher

Step 1 Getting a Baccalaureate The path to becoming a teacher
The teacher starts with a bachelor’s degree. This is a prerequisite for entry
College of Business. A student can know the subject he wants to specialize in
their first day of college or find out later.

Step 2 Choose a subject you want to specialize in
To be a teacher one must choose a subject to teach and begin to gain expertise
in this field, usually by studying the subject in college
degree, but not always. As well as participating in academic achievements in a particular subject
specialty, participate in an internship program during their undergraduate years
also help future teachers develop their knowledge and skills. Step 3 Get a college degree Prospective teachers need to further their education
Training with a high school diploma. In general, those who want to work as
Community college professors are required to hold a master’s degree
those who want to teach at four-year colleges and universities should earn one
promotion. However, if there are many candidates to choose from,
Community colleges can also benefit those who have earned a doctorate.
Step 4 Join an assistant
In the postgraduate years, students who want to become professors must attend a
Aid program at his school, it is a form of financial aid
allows students to benefit from a full or partial waiver of tuition fees and stipend
Gain work experience under the supervision of a professor. In some cases,
Students may be able to earn credit hours toward their degree if they do.
You participate in an assistant.

Depending on the situation, there are different types of help desks
student faculty. Research assistantships give students the opportunity to undertake
specific tasks, such as collecting, documenting and analyzing research data.
Teaching assistants participate in class activities a
this can include grading tests and assignments, and meeting students while in the office
giving lessons and lectures. Those who work in administrative support
with the staff of the science faculty and take on tasks such as supply
Students’ academic and professional orientation, presentation and
Evaluation of the Department’s programs.

Regardless of the type of residence students attend, they will
He must work a certain number of hours per week and respect a minimum
Cumulative grade point average. Step 5 Gain postgraduate experience
Those who successfully apply for chairs should do a doctorate
Alive. This allows those pursuing a Ph.D. lead in an original way
carry out research and begin compiling a catalog of studies for publication in scientific journals.

Postdoctoral positions are usually permanent positions at a college or university
two or three years. If you want to teach in science subjects, e.g.
Life sciences, chemistry and physics, we can expect these types
experience to get a job.

According to this
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2017, the median salary for professors was $76,000 per year, with the
The lowest 10% earn about $39,000 and the highest 10% earn
$170,160. There are several factors that go into teachers’ salaries, ie.
including the type of establishment they work for. For example teachers
private colleges and universities earn an average income of $77,170 while those at
Public schools earn $79,340. There are also teachers who work for local young talents
College and junior state educators earn a median income of $76,890
College earners earn $56,030.


No. You need to make a conscious decision whether you want to pursue a career in academia, industry, government, NGOs, hospitals or anywhere else in the public sector. If you’re not sure, these articles might help: 8 Best Tips for Landing Your Dream Job in College and How to Become a Teacher. Once you have made a clear decision, it is much easier to plan your career, gain expertise and increase your market value.

If you want to pursue an academic career, you need to know the pros and cons of this job. Here are some articles that will help you determine if an academic career is the right choice for you:

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