University Lecturers lecture students 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 formal qualification in your area of expertise is needed to work as a University Lecturer. Most University Lecturers have completed postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Prepares and delivers lectures, and conducts tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions.
    • Prepares and marks essays, assignments and examinations.
    • Advises students on academic and related matters.
    • Attends departmental and faculty meetings, conferences and seminars.
    • Supervises work programmes of postgraduate and honours students and tutorial staff.
    • Participates in setting course and degree requirements, curriculum revision and academic planning.
    • Serves on council, senate, faculty and other committees and professorial boards.
    • Conducts research and undertakes consultancies in a particular field of knowledge.
    • Stimulates and guides class discussions.
    • Compiles bibliographies of specialised materials for reading assignments.

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    • $2,511 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    University Lecturers

    • 37,300 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 48 years Average age
    • 48% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as University Lecturers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 34,500 in 2011 to 37,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Location: University Lecturers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
    • Gender: 48% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training98.8
    Health Care and Social Assistance0.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.3
    Other Services0.2
    Other Industries0.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateUniversity LecturersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.231.6
    VIC28.325.6
    QLD17.220.0
    SA6.97.0
    WA9.410.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT3.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketUniversity LecturersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-240.9-9.39.3
    25-3411.9-22.922.9
    35-4426.3-22.022.0
    45-5428.6-21.621.6
    55-5914.2-9.09.0
    60-6410.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationUniversity LecturersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate85.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree11.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.4-21.121.1
    Year 121.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

    A formal qualification in your area of expertise is needed to work as a University Lecturer. Most University Lecturers have completed postgraduate studies.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and training

      91% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    2. English language

      86% Skill level

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

    3. Communications and media

      69% Skill level

      Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

    4. Mathematics

      67% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Customer and personal service

      67% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Indoors, heat controlled

      97% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    2. Electronic mail

      97% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Freedom to make decisions

      96% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    4. Unstructured work

      96% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

    5. Contact with people

      90% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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    The skills and 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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