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College and Other Vocational Instructors

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NOC:4021
Occupation:College and Other Vocational Instructors
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes instructors who teach applied arts, academic, technical and vocational subjects to students at community colleges, CEGEPs, agricultural colleges, technical and vocational institutes, language schools and other college level schools. This group also includes trainers who are employed by private training establishments, companies, community agencies and governments to deliver internal training or development courses. College teachers who are heads of departments are included in this group.

College and vocational instructors teach adults, either recent high school graduates, or those who have returned to prepare for work in such jobs as welder, dental hygienist, farmer, or continuing care worker. Instructors usually specialize in particular fields of study such as cosmetology, visual arts or broadcasting.

Job duties:
College and other vocational instructors perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Teach students using a systematic plan of lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, laboratory work, shop sessions, seminars, case studies, field assignments and independent or group projects.
  • Develop curriculum and prepare teaching materials and outlines for courses.
  • Prepare, administer and mark tests and papers to evaluate students' progress.
  • Advise students on program curricula and career decisions.
  • Provide individualized tutorial or remedial instruction to students who require it.
  • Supervise independent or group projects, field placements, laboratory work or hands-on training.
  • Supervise teaching assistants.
  • May provide consultation services to government, business and other organizations.
  • May serve on committees concerned with matters such as budgets, curriculum revision, and course and diploma requirements.

These instructors specialize in particular fields or areas of study such as visual arts, dental hygiene, welding, engineering technology, policing, computer software, management and early childhood education.

Sample job titles:
  • college instructor
  • college lecturer
  • college teacher
  • company trainer
  • department chairperson - college
  • department head - college
  • department head - private training institute
  • English as a second language teacher (ESL) - college level
  • training consultant - industry
  • tutor, correspondence school
Skills:

To work in this field, you should be patient, imaginative, objective, and resourceful. Leadership skills and the ability to motivate students are important. You must be able to communicate ideas in a clear, concise, and interesting way. Planning and organizational skills are also necessary. Instructors must be knowledgeable about their subjects and keep informed about new material or methods of teaching.

Job requirements:
  • A bachelor's degree, a college diploma or demonstrated expertise in the field of instruction is required.
  • A master's degree in the field of instruction may be required.
  • A certificate, diploma or degree in adult education may be required.
  • For instructors of trades, completion of apprenticeship training and industry or trade certification are required. Additional courses in teaching or a provincial teaching certificate may be required.
Other considerations:

About half of the workers in these jobs work full-time and for the full year. Individuals in these fields generally work regular hours, although some evening work may be required. Progression to administrative positions in post-secondary education 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 grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. 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. College and Other Vocational Instructors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 53% of College and Other Vocational Instructors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $75,485. 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
College and Other Vocational Instructors1,965Moderate growth235Low
Minimum: $17.65
Median: $30.00
Maximum: $43.50
Minimum: $7,123
Median: $55,271
Maximum: $90,506
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
College and Other Vocational InstructorsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time83%79%
Percent self-employed27%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentCollege and Other Vocational InstructorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern10%$43,37112%$30,581
Northern15%$49,36716%$33,660
Cape Breton13%$50,16813%$32,974
Halifax49%$52,84947%$41,209
Annapolis Valley13%$48,08813%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeCollege and Other Vocational InstructorsCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-243%N/A
25-3411%5%
35-4419%37%
45-5431%29%
55-6426%24%
65+9%5%
Median Age5044
GenderCollege and Other Vocational InstructorsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Female49%64%
Male51%36%
EducationCollege and Other Vocational InstructorsCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school1.1%x2.8%$11,346
High school8.1%$39,39114.3%$25,801
Trades certificate6.1%$53,7154.2%$35,678
College certificate or diploma22.2%$69,64621.5%$28,183
University certificate or diploma4.9%$51,0752.6%$35,967
Bachelor's degree31.8%$50,03129.2%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diploma3.4%$53,0713.4%$47,801
Master's degreeN/A$68,58517.2%$35,978
Doctorate20.2%$47,6284.6%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry2.2%x0.2%$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:
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Private Career Colleges
PO Box 697, Station Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
Tel: (902) 424-5636
Fax: (902) 424-6656
pccforms@novascotia.ca
Nova Scotia Community College
PO Box 220
Halifax, NS B3J 2M4
Tel: (866) 679-6722
Fax: (866) 329-6722
admissions@nscc.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult and continuing education and teaching
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to teach adult students in various settings, including basic and remedial education programs, continuing education programs, and programs designed to develop or upgrade specific employment-related knowledge and skills.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
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
Program Name:Biology/biological sciences - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. These programs include courses in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.
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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
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:Child development
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This program engages students in practical training and theoretical explorations in child and youth work, early childhood education, as well as early intervention and inclusive development.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Program Name:Curriculum and instruction
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the curriculum and related instructional processes and tools, and that prepares individuals to serve as professional curriculum specialists. These programs include courses in curriculum theory, curriculum design and planning, instructional material design and evaluation, curriculum evaluation, and applications to specific subject matter, programs or educational levels.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Education - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching; the basic principles of educational psychology; the art of teaching; the planning and administration of educational activities; school safety and health issues; and the social foundations of education.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Program Name:Educational statistics and research methods
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of statistics to the analysis and solution of educational research problems, and the development of technical designs for research studies. These programs include courses in mathematical statistics, research design, computer applications, instrument design, research methodologies, and applications to research problems in specific education subjects.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
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
Program Name:Educational/instructional media design
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the principles and techniques of creating instructional products and related educational resources in various formats or combinations such as film, video, recording, text, art, CD-ROM, computer software, virtual reality technology, and three-dimensional objects, and that prepares individuals to function as instructional media designers. These programs include courses in the techniques specific to creating in various media; the behavioural principles applicable to using various media in learning and teaching; the design, testing and production of instructional materials; and the management of educational/instructional media facilities and programs.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:English as a second language (Canada)
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the development of proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English for those for whom English is not their mother tongue. These programs include courses in the use of basic communication skills to develop and transmit ideas and thoughts in English as well as specialized programs that focus on the development of proficiency in English sufficient to meet specific occupational or academic demands.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Teaching English as a second or foreign language/ESL language instructor
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the principles and practice of teaching English to students who are not proficient in English or who do not speak, read or write English, and that prepares individuals to function as teachers and administrators in such programs.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Program Name:Technology teacher education/industrial arts teacher education
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to teach technology education/industrial arts programs at various educational levels.
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Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Additional resources:

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