Other Instructors

Occupation:Other Instructors
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

About the job

Nature of work:

Instructors in this group teach courses, such as motor vehicle or motorcycle driving, sailing and navigation, sewing or other courses, which are outside of educational institutions. They are employed by driving schools, fabric retailers and other commercial establishments or they may be self-employed. This group also includes modelling and finishing school instructors, driver's licence examiners, who are employed by provincial governments and tutors who provide instruction in elementary or secondary school subjects.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Driving instructors instruct individuals on proper motor vehicle driving skills and traffic regulations, demonstrate and explain the handling and mechanical operation of motor vehicles and supervise individuals during practice driving.
  • Driver's licence examiners conduct road test examinations and evaluate the driving ability of applicants for driver's licences.
  • Sewing instructors give instruction to students in techniques and skills of sewing, tailoring and dressmaking.
  • Modelling and finishing school instructors give instruction on comportment, personal development, make-up application and modelling techniques for fashion shows and magazine advertising.
Sample job titles:
  • child safety educator
  • driver's licence examiner
  • driving instructor
  • first aid instructor
  • gourmet cooking instructor - non-vocational
  • motorcycle driving instructor
  • sailing instructor
  • self-improvement course instructor
  • tutor - secondary school subjects

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 of new material or methods of teaching.

Job requirements:
  • Driving instructors must obtain special licensing as a driving instructor in the province of employment.
  • Certification by the Canadian Yachting Association may be required for sailing and navigation instructors.
Other considerations:

Expertise in the field of instruction must be demonstrated.

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 moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Other Instructors may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 30% of Other Instructors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $45,610. 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
Other Instructors600Strong growth115Low
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $30.48
Maximum: $48.08
Minimum: $2,195
Median: $12,303
Maximum: $55,993
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
Other InstructorsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time54%79%
Percent self-employed0%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentOther InstructorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton13%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley12%$22,25613%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeOther InstructorsCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Median Age3644
GenderOther InstructorsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
EducationOther InstructorsCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school7.9%x2.8%$11,346
High school30.9%x14.3%$25,801
Trades certificate5.3%x4.2%$35,678
College certificate or diploma15.8%$37,70221.5%$28,183
University certificate or diploma2.0%x2.6%$35,967
Bachelor's degree27.0%$41,07629.2%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx3.4%$47,801
Master's degreex$82,19117.2%$35,978
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry1.3%x0.2%$83,456
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.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

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Useful contacts:
Service Nova Scotia
PO Box 2734
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5
Tel: (800) 670-4357
Fax: (902) 424-0720
Safety Services Nova Scotia
201 Brownlow Ave. Unit 1
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W2
Tel: (902) 454-9621
Fax: (902) 454-6027

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