How much do professors work

How much do professors work?

Outside academia, it is commonly underestimated how demanding a university professor's job is. People often just think of the number of teaching hours per week - which is like estimating the workload of a musician or an actor only by the time spent on stage - and are not aware of how many other tasks professors must handle at the same time. An incomplete list of these tasks is given below. The amount of time spent on each one varies widely across different institutions and disciplines and is very hard to estimate, so this is not attempted here.


For each course:


For each research project:

Fundraising and student supervision

For each research project: