Japanese Professor

Teach university students about Japanese and Japan.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$34,000 – $111,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Japanese Professors do?

As a Japanese Professor, you teach students how to read and speak advanced Japanese. Your course as an Japanese Professor isn’t just about traditional grammar and language, though; you also incorporate culture and history into the curriculum.

At the university level, your students have moved beyond simple phrases, grammar, and vocabulary. They’re at a point where they should be able to carry on simple conversations with you and other students. Whether you’re a Japanese Professor teaching introductory or advanced Japanese, any class within a university is going to be demanding for your students, and even for you. So you should be fluent in Japanese, to say the least.

Your classes start with some refresher exercises. Most students may not have had the chance to practice their Japanese language skills over the summer or between quarters, so practicing conversations with them, giving them tests, and doing whatever you can to help them brush up on their skills are very important. Regular tests and quizzes — both written and oral — as well as grammar exercises help you gauge their levels.

Vocabulary lessons have moved beyond the basic, graduating to more creative and inventive methods of instruction. In an effort to develop well-rounded students, you incorporate Japanese films, music, and maybe even food into class time rather than teaching vocabulary in a straightforward manner. Your goal is to further your students’ education by promoting interest in and enjoyment of Japanese culture and language.

Should I be a Japanese Professor?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Japanese Professor

    Most Japanese Professors have a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaae9m&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%284%25%29|master%27s+%2859%25%29|doctorate+%2837%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,59
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