University Lecturers and Tutors prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a university and conduct research in a particular field of knowledge.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required. Nearly all workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • preparing and delivering lectures, and conducting tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions
  • preparing and marking essays, assignments and examinations
  • advising students on academic and related matters
  • attending departmental and faculty meetings, conferences and seminars
  • supervising work programs of postgraduate and honours students and tutorial staff
  • participating in setting course and degree requirements, curriculum revision and academic planning
  • serving on council, senate, faculty and other committees and professorial boards
  • conducting research and undertaking consultancies in a particular field of knowledge
  • stimulating and guiding class discussions
  • compiling bibliographies of specialised materials for reading assignments

Job Titles

  • University Lecturer
  • University Tutor
  • University Lecturer

    Lectures students and conducts tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a university and conducts research in a particular field of knowledge. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • University Tutor

    Conducts tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a university. Registration or licensing may be required.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $2,000 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    59,100
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    52.1%
  • Female Share

    47.9%
  • Full-Time Share

    69.2%

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This is a very large occupation employing 59,100 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • University Lecturers and Tutors work in most parts of Australia.
  • They nearly all work in Education and Training.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 41.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $2,000 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 6 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 5 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200541800
200639200
200746000
200837400
200942500
201050800
201147300
201248500
201348000
201446100
201559100
202070600

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsUniversity Lecturers and TutorsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings20001230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryUniversity Lecturers and TutorsAll Jobs Average
Full-time69.268.4
Part-time30.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)41.340.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training99.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.5
Public Administration and Safety0.2
Other Services0.1
Other Industries0.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateUniversity Lecturers and TutorsAll Jobs Average
NSW33.731.8
VIC27.125.5
QLD17.119.8
SA6.66.8
WA8.211.2
TAS3.02.0
NT1.51.1
ACT2.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketUniversity Lecturers and TutorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.45.4
20-244.4-9.99.9
25-3417.3-23.423.4
35-4422.0-21.721.7
45-5429.0-21.121.1
55-5912.9-8.78.7
60-648.8-5.95.9
65 and Over5.4-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryUniversity Lecturers and TutorsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males52.1Males53.6
Females47.9Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationUniversity Lecturers and TutorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate77.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree15.6-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.8-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV2.5-18.918.9
Year 123.1-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100.0-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required. Nearly all workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for University Lecturers and Tutors who are accurate and pay attention to detail, motivated and have good interpersonal skills.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Education and Training

    96% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  2. English Language

    93% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Administration and Management

    79% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. Economics and Accounting

    76% Important

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    76% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    92% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Training and Teaching Others

    88% Important

    Identifying the educational needs of others, developing training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

  3. Thinking Creatively

    87% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Analyzing Data or Information

    84% Important

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    83% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

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