For starters, major scheduling freedom. “Besides teaching and office hours, I get to decide where, when, and how I get my work done,” says Daniel Beckman, a biology professor at Missouri State University. And that doesn’t even take into account ample time off for holidays and a reduced workload in the summer.
Yes, we professors have it made. But don’t forget that we had to spend the first 5-7 years out of college living as poor graduate students while earning a Ph.D. (Or, as my working class extended family calls it, a “post-hole digger!”).