University Professors and Lecturers

(NOC 4011)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate stable employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 325 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4880 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

$21.15

Minimum

$43.27

Median

$62.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$12,501

Minimum

$95,952

Median

$151,667

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$26.88

Median

$46.15

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

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.

By the numbers

Quick look

2,720

employed in 2016

83.7%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

47.2%
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52.8%
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52.5

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

64.4%

Halifax

14.5%

Northern

12.6%

Annapolis Valley

6.4%

Cape Breton

2.2%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

99.6%

Educational Services

0.4%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

28.3%

35-44

27.1%

55-64

26.0%

45-54

10.8%

65+

7.1%

25-34

1.1%

15-24

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

66.1%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$74,203 median annual income
22.4%

Doctorate

$107,320 median annual income
8.0%

Bachelor's degree

$8,112 median annual income
2.0%

Master's degree

$24,792 median annual income
1.1%

University certificate or diploma

$12,512 median annual income

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Anatomy

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the scientific study of organ systems, tissue structures, and whole bodies together with their cellular and structural components and dynamics. These programs include courses in cell biology and histology, structural biology, molecular mechanics, regional and gross anatomy, embryology, neuroanatomy, endocrinology and secretory dynamics, and applications to such topics as aging and disease conditions.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Child development

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Classics and classical languages, literatures and linguistics - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the literary culture of the ancient Graeco-Roman world and the Greek and Latin languages and literatures and their development prior to the fall of the Roman Empire.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Educational statistics and research methods

This program is typically offered at the university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Association of University Teachers
2705 Queensview Drive
Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2
Tel: (613) 820-2270
Fax: (613) 820-7244

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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