There are currently an estimated 74,500 professors in the United States. The professor job market is expected to grow by 10.3% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are professors?

CareerExplorer rates professors with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 11,500 professors. That number is based on 7,700 additional professors, and the retirement of 3,800 existing professors.

What’s the supply of professors?

The professor industry is concentrated in New York, Texas, Illinois

Professor job market by state

State Name Employed Professors
New York 5,750
Texas 4,320
Illinois 3,530
Ohio 3,320
California 3,290
Pennsylvania 3,160
North Carolina 2,460
Florida 2,120
Georgia 1,850
District of Columbia 1,700
Massachusetts 1,660
New Jersey 1,640
Indiana 1,540
Colorado 1,310
Missouri 1,290
Michigan 1,230
Washington 1,210
Maryland 1,150
Arizona 1,150
Wisconsin 1,120
Minnesota 1,050
Kentucky 930
Puerto Rico 920
Alabama 860
Utah 840
Oregon 820
Iowa 770
South Carolina 700
Tennessee 680
Oklahoma 570
Arkansas 530
Connecticut 500
West Virginia 490
Nevada 450
Kansas 440
Mississippi 420
Maine 360
Nebraska 290
North Dakota 270
New Hampshire 240
Louisiana 220
Delaware 210
Montana 200
South Dakota 200
Idaho 170
Rhode Island 160
Alaska 110
New Mexico 100
Wyoming 90