As the number of online courses offered in the U.S. continues to bloom, so does the number of opportunities to work as an online college professor. Granted, you'll need to have (or put) a few basics in place, including an advanced college degree (usually a master's degree, at least) and expertise in your specialty. Pair this with good written and interpersonal skills, and you may find yourself well suited for remote instruction. This type of work requires computer skills, too. You'll often use a portal designed to communicate with students, post assignments and host classroom chats. An online college professor can expect to earn an average of $56,000 a year [source: EduChoices].
Although you'll need to be available at regular times to host classes, the rest of your schedule is up to you. You can grade papers at midnight or schedule a planning session at 5 a.m. On-campus profs may give you a hard time for "phoning it in," but in some respects, teaching an online class can be more difficult than teaching one that meets face-to-face. You'll need to extend extra effort to engage and retain students in this virtual environment. If you have a passion for teaching online, but lack a master's degree, take heart: There are an increasing number of virtual schools for K-12 students, and most require teachers to have just a bachelor's degree.
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Having worked in newsrooms, corporate environments and a home office, I'd have to say my home office wins -- hands down. (I do have to admit newsrooms are pretty entertaining, though.) The best part of working at home is the productivity. I discovered, early on, that what used to require a week's worth of work in an office took only three days at home. And this left time to take on more work that I enjoy. I've run across reports of telecommuters getting more done for less money, and I understand the attraction. When you don't have to extend a large portion of your pay to wardrobe updates, vehicle maintenance, fuel and lunches with co-workers, there is more to go around. -- LD
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