A dependable academic income is possible now with the easy availability of inexpensive laptop computers and almost universal wireless access to the Internet. In fact, combining these two technical advances with an earned graduate degree, a master or doctorate degree, can allow an educator at the post-secondary level of public education to multiply an academic income with online adjunct teaching jobs. The intellectual landscape for individuals wishing to teach at the post-secondary level for a living is fragmenting far beyond most educators’ imaginations. To be brutally honest, the chances of landing a tenure-track position that eventually evolves into an actual tenured position are becoming less every day. This disappearance of career positions at physical college and university campuses is the result of evaporating faculty budgets. However, the number of enrolled new and returning college students eager to earn an online bachelor degree or online master degree requires a growing number of qualified teachers willing to become an online professor with the necessary technical skill set and understanding of the requirements teaching online for online bachelor degree programs and online master degree programs require of the online instructor.
Make no mistake about if you have recently matriculated from a graduate program: distance education is growing by leaps and bounds and the technology develops at record breaking paces, and every online college class must have an online professor teaching the online course. This means that as more online college degree programs are made available by academic administrators needing less costly ways to meet the post-secondary education needs of the swelling student populations, the greater chance there is for an aggressive and informed online adjunct instructor to mass eight to ten online adjunct teaching jobs into an online teaching schedule that will generate a considerable amount of online adjunct income throughout the calendar year. It is entirely possible to earn as much as fifty thousand dollars a year teaching online provided there are enough online faculty positions in the online teaching schedule.
You should not assume that it is easy to collect enough online adjunct positions to generate a full time living from a personal computer. It will take genuine focus to make a dozen applications each day for online college teaching jobs. Fortunately, there are over five thousand post-secondary academic institutions that offer their enrolled students an opportunity to earn a college degree online from their personal computers at home and at work. While thousands of prospective employers may seem like a rich market for a beginning online professor, the reality is that it will take a daily effort to apply to as many colleges, state universities, community colleges, technical schools and for-profit colleges to land six to ten online courses. The reason this effort is necessary is the growing amount of competition among individual with graduate degrees trying to replace lost incomes or at least supplement existing incomes by teaching online. The schools have their pick of thoroughly qualified online adjuncts, and the online college professors that have successfully acquired online teaching positions are extremely hesitant to give them up for any reason in this uncertain economy.
While the opportunities to earn a real living from online instructor positions are actually available in the digital academy, the way an academic harnesses these opportunities is by learning how the Internet makes it possible to build a schedule filled with multiple online teaching positions that can be access according to the financial goals of the individual online instructor. The best way to begin constructing a viable online teaching schedule is to start identifying the post-secondary academic websites on the Internet and learning how to move quickly and efficiently in and out of the faculty application sections of each school’s website.
If you have an earned graduate degree, a master degree or doctorate, and you want to teach college and university students from a computer located in any physical spot on the globe, and that means any city, state or even country, then online adjunct teaching jobs could be a real answer. The need for technically prepared and academically qualified online adjuncts will only grow in the coming years.
At the same time, the willingness of academic administrators to spend the few budgetary funds that are available to them as state budgets for public education contract dramatically on traditional faculty salaries and benefits, the majority of which cannot be withdrawn after tenure is conferred on a college or university professor, is becoming weaker with each passing semester. This means that the online college adjunct instructor can expect to earn a large sum of income from just one or two online college classes. Instead, a prospective online professor should know that the average online college degree program pays its online instructors around two thousand dollars for online course on average. Of course, the pay for an individual master degree course can be a bit higher, and a doctorate is usually paid several hundred dollars more than a master degree for each online class.
The conclusion for you, an aspiring online adjunct instructor, to reach is that it will be necessary to reexamine your thinking about the traditional approach to seeking academic employment as an educator at the post-secondary level. It is no longer economically wise to depend on state funding of public faculty salaries. Instead, the answer is to develop the entrepreneurial viewpoint as an academic and make the necessary adjustments needed to transition out of the physical college classroom and into an online teaching schedule populated with at least a dozen online classes that can continue providing regular paychecks every month of the year from any location you choose to work from each day.