College and Other Vocational Instructors

(NOC 4021)

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

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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 235 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 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)

Hourly Pay

$17.65

Minimum

$30.00

Median

$43.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,123

Minimum

$55,271

Median

$90,506

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

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.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,965

employed in 2016

82.8%

employed full-time

5.3%

self employed

49.0%
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51%
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50.2

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?

49.2%

Halifax

15.3%

Northern

13.2%

Annapolis Valley

12.5%

Cape Breton

9.7%

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

64.9%

Educational Services

8.1%

Public Administration

7.9%

Health Care and Social Assistance

4.1%

Other Professional Services

2.8%

Management, Admin & Other Support

What is the age of Employment?

31.2%

45-54

25.8%

55-64

18.8%

35-44

11.4%

25-34

9.1%

65+

3.4%

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

31.8%

Bachelor's degree

$50,031 median annual income
22.2%

College certificate or diploma

$69,646 median annual income
20.2%

Doctorate

$47,628 median annual income
8.1%

High school

$39,391 median annual income
6.1%

Trades certificate

$53,715 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

Adult and continuing education and teaching

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

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

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

Biology/biological sciences - General

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

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.

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

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

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

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

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

Curriculum and instruction

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

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.

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

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Education - General

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

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.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

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

Educational/instructional media design

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

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.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

English as a second language (Canada)

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Teaching English as a second or foreign language/ESL language instructor

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

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.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Technology teacher education/industrial arts teacher education

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

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to teach technology education/industrial arts programs at various educational levels.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

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
Nova Scotia Community College
PO Box 220
Halifax, NS B3J 2M4
Tel: (866) 679-6722
Fax: (866) 329-6722

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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