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University Professors and Lecturers

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NOC:4011
Occupation:University Professors and Lecturers
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

About the job

Nature of work:

University professors and lecturers teach courses to undergraduate and graduate students and conduct research at universities. They study and meet with colleagues to keep up with developments in their field. University professors conduct research by experimenting, collecting and analyzing data, and examining original documents, literature, and other source material. From this, they develop hypotheses, arrive at conclusions, and publish their findings in academic journals and books. As well, some university professors are hired on a course-by-course basis only to teach. University professors who are heads of departments are included in this group.

Job duties:
University professors and lecturers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Teach one or more university subjects to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to students and conduct laboratory sessions or discussion groups.
  • Prepare, administer and grade examinations, laboratory assignments and reports.
  • Advise students on course and academic matters and career decisions.
  • Direct research programs of graduate students and advise on research matters.
  • Conduct research in field of specialization and publish findings in scholarly journals or books.
  • May serve on faculty committees dealing with such matters as curriculum planning and degree requirements, and perform a variety of administrative duties.
  • May represent their universities as speakers and guest lecturers.
  • May provide professional consultative services to government, industry and private individuals.

University professors and lecturers specialize in a particular subject matter such as biology, chemistry, anatomy, sociology, business administration or law.

Sample job titles:
  • assistant professor
  • associate professor
  • department chairperson
  • postdoctoral fellow
  • research professor
  • university department head
  • university lecturer
  • university professor
  • visiting professor
  • visiting scholar
Skills:

To work in this field, you should be intellectual, inquisitive, and analytical, and have a strong desire to pursue and pass on knowledge. You must be able to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written forms, as university faculty are expected to publish articles regularly as well as lecture. The ability to carry out and analyze research is also important. Strong planning and leadership skills are essential. You must be able to inspire confidence and motivate students to learn. As well, you must be a self-starter, as universities are decentralized institutions in which to work.

Job requirements:
  • A doctoral degree in the field of specialization is required for university professors.
  • A master's degree in the field of specialization is required for university lecturers.
  • Licences or professional certification may be required for professors teaching future practitioners in certain professionally regulated fields, such as medicine, engineering, architecture, psychology or law.
Other considerations:

University faculty members generally have flexible work schedules; they may work staggered hours and teach classes in the evening. Most university teaching and research assistants are employed on a part-time basis. University professors who are also practitioners in their field of specialization must have the appropriate licences or certification. Progression to senior positions within a department, faculty or university is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. University Professors and Lecturers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work).

The median employment income for 59% of University Professors and Lecturers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $112,784. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
University Professors and Lecturers2,720stable325Low
Minimum: $21.15
Median: $43.27
Maximum: $62.50
Minimum: $12,501
Median: $95,952
Maximum: $151,667
Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services55,420Moderate growth4,880Low
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $26.88
Maximum: $46.15
Minimum: $5,616
Median: $44,335
Maximum: $92,599
University Professors and LecturersCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time84%79%
Percent self-employed0%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentUniversity Professors and LecturersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern2%$64,34112%$30,581
Northern14%$78,42516%$33,660
Cape Breton6%$60,92413%$32,974
Halifax64%$85,34847%$41,209
Annapolis Valley13%$62,96613%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeUniversity Professors and LecturersCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-241%N/A
25-347%5%
35-4428%37%
45-5426%29%
55-6427%24%
65+11%5%
Median Age5344
GenderUniversity Professors and LecturersCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Female47%64%
Male53%36%
EducationUniversity Professors and LecturersCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax2.8%$11,346
High schoolN/A$6,35814.3%$25,801
Trades certificateN/Ax4.2%$35,678
College certificate or diploma0.3%$27,22721.5%$28,183
University certificate or diploma1.1%$12,5122.6%$35,967
Bachelor's degree8.0%$8,11229.2%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diploma0.3%$16,4103.4%$47,801
Master's degree2.0%$24,79217.2%$35,978
Doctorate22.4%$107,3204.6%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry66.1%$74,2030.2%$83,456
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Association of University Teachers
2705 Queensview Drive
Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2
Tel: (613) 820-2270
Fax: (613) 820-7244
acppu@caut.ca

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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
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(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
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166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
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