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Employment of college professors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This predictions covers the outlook for both part-time and full-time teachers. However, enrollment growth is anticipated to increase at a slower rate than it has in the past. Total enrollment in degree-granting postsecondary institutions is expected to increase 3 percent between fall 2016, and fall 2027, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Enrollment is expected to decline slowly at postsecondary institutions in the following years. In the short term, college enrollment is projected to grow due to an increased number of 18- to 24-year-olds, and from an increased number of adults returning to college. Opportunities for college teachers will be particularly good in private community colleges. Retirement of current faculty members will also provide job openings. However, competition for full-time, tenure-track positions at four-year schools will be very strong.

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