If you can make it through the slough of papers, tests, and self-esteem-destroying revisions required to get a PhD, being a professor is a job worth having. A few things: broadly speaking, there are R01 (research) universities and liberal arts colleges.

Whatever other factors you weigh, your love of academics should probably be the deciding factor … The pay is pretty good, my colleagues are nice, I have 5 months a year to focus on research, I get to travel a lot, I like the challenge of publishing, and I genuinely (usually) like teaching. Professors are by no means poorly paid, and they typically earn enough to live comfortably and to raise a family. Coming from a professor, it is absolutely worth it but tough to achieve.

A professor position is a chance to do just that—to keep researching, to keep reading and writing, and to continue being a part of the learning adventure that is higher education. You don't want to work at an R01. Another issue with working as a professor is that long hours are typical. However, someone with the level of skill and experience that a professor has could almost certainly earn much more money in the private sector. Yes. Luckily, though it may not seem this way in grad school, the vast majority of colleges are liberal arts. Totally worth it if you pick the right college. * Three things you should know before deciding to become a professor – Canadian perspective * Why Being a College Professor Isn’t Worth It: New Report Finds that Lack of Job Security and Low Pay is the Norm – US perspective * Top 10 Reasons Being A University Professor Is A …