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.

    Specialisations: University Demonstrator

Fast Facts

  • $2,000 Weekly Pay
  • 47,100 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 66.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 44.3% female Gender Share

The number of University Lecturers and Tutors fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 47,100 in 2017 to 50,400 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 29,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: University Lecturers and Tutors work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (66%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41.0 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56.5%).
  • Gender: 44.3% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200739700
200846100
200939300
201043900
201153800
201248600
201345800
201449400
201553300
201649000
201747100
202250400

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Training96.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.3
Other Services1.2
Health Care and Social Assistance0.7
Other Industries0.2

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 2017, 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
NSW29.531.6
VIC29.626.2
QLD17.819.7
SA5.86.7
WA10.110.8
TAS1.62.0
NT1.31.1
ACT4.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.3-5.25.2
20-243.0-9.99.9
25-3417.6-23.623.6
35-4422.6-21.721.7
45-5425.6-20.820.8
55-5913.4-8.88.8
60-6411.6-6.06.0
65 and Over5.9-4.04.0

Education Level

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 Certificate77-8.68.6
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 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Training and Education VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-1011.00 - Business Teachers, Postsecondary.

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