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What Is a Business Instructor and How to Become One

What Does a Business Instructor Do?

A business instructor works at a college or university in a non-tenure track position to teach students about topics related to business administration and business management. In this career, you may have some duties outside of teaching class, but not as many as a full faculty member. For instance, as a business instructor, you may work a typical job and teach on the side after earning years of experience in your role, whereas a full faculty member would work only at the college and is required to do research and advise students on top of their teaching duties. Instructor's responsibilities center on student engagement and success, so you must write lesson plans, work with students who are struggling in the course, and grade exams and other coursework.

How to Become a Business Instructor

To become a business instructor, you generally need to earn your master's degree in business or a related field. Some colleges, especially community colleges, may allow you to have only a bachelor's degree if you have enough experience in your field. Beyond the educational qualifications, business instructors are usually the most successful if they are analytical, patient, and enjoy being with people. Communication skills are critical in this type of role, as are organizational skills and the ability to self-motivate. Business instructors typically enjoy learning and continue to do so while teaching their classes to maintain the and up-to-date knowledge of the field.