Education & Training

University Lecturer/Professor

University lecturers and professors tutor and teach university students in their specialist subject area.

  • Entry-level education

    Post-graduate qualification

  • Job outlook

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What does an University Lecturer/Professor do?

University lecturers and professors tutor and teach university students in their specialist subject area.


Work activities

As a university lecturer, you would:

  • prepare and deliver lectures, tutorials and practical classes
  • plan and prepare your courses in line with the curriculum
  • deliver lectures and tutorials
  • carry out student assessments
  • mentor and supervise students' research
  • advise and guide students on career options
  • organise field trips or excursions
  • assist students finding practical placements for their course
  • continue your own research.

Key skills and interests

To become a university lecturer, you would need:

  • a passion for and expert knowledge in the subject you teach
  • organisational ability
  • self confidence and presentation skills for lecturing
  • the ability to motivate your students
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • flexibility
  • research skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would work long hours to cover lecturing, taking tutorials, assessing students' work and doing your own research. Part-time and short-term contract work may be available.


You would have an office but spend much of your time in lecture theatres, tutorial rooms or doing your own research.


How to become an University Lecturer/Professor?

Entry Level Education

To become a university lecturer you usually have to complete a degree in your field, preferably at a masters or doctoral degree level. Previous experience as a teacher, academic research and/or relevant industry experience would be seen favourably by employing institutions.

Completing a postgraduate teaching course may help you gain employment. Entry to postgraduate teaching courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor's degree, as well as relevant work experience.


Job outlook

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Employment of university lecturers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Both part-time and full-time lecturers are included in this projection.

Growth is expected as enrolments at post-secondary institutions continue to rise. Students will continue to seek higher education to gain the additional education and skills necessary to meet their career goals. As more people enter colleges and universities, more lecturers will be needed for these additional students.


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