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

    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

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    All University Lecturers and Tutors

    • $2,511 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 53,800 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 59% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 49% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as University Lecturers and Tutors (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 53,800 in 2018 to 58,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 34,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 6,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: University Lecturers and Tutors work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,511 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (59%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
    • Gender: 49% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200846100
    200939300
    201043900
    201153800
    201248600
    201345900
    201449800
    201554100
    201650200
    201750100
    201853800
    202358300

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings25111460

    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 Lecturers and TutorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.031.6
    VIC28.625.6
    QLD17.720.0
    SA7.07.0
    WA9.010.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT3.71.9

    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 Lecturers and TutorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.6-5.05.0
    20-246.4-9.39.3
    25-3417.7-22.922.9
    35-4423.7-22.022.0
    45-5424.1-21.621.6
    55-5911.9-9.09.0
    60-648.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.1-4.24.2

    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 Lecturers and TutorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate75.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree18.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.6-21.121.1
    Year 124.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

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

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    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    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.

    Occupational Information Network
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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.

    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.

    Filter Work Environment

    Demands

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

    1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      97% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    2. Electronic Mail

      97% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    3. Freedom to Make Decisions

      96% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      96% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    5. Contact With Others

      90% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    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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