1) Go to a 4 year college. 2)Graduate 4)Graduate School 5)Associate Professor 6) Professor (people are rarely younger than 40 as a true "professor") so all of those old ass professors are more than likely "professors" and those that are associate professors make half the salary of actual professors. So an associate professor would get $33,000 and and promoted professor would make $99,000. Damn that's a long list huh? Then a council actually chooses who becomes a professor... so this means, that all those years put in won't guarantee the job. Damnnnnn! Doctors start their careers wayyy earlier than college professors.