University lecturers and tutors prepare and deliver lectures and hold tutorials in one or more subjects within a particular field of knowledge. They prepare and mark essays and assignments, and advise students on academic matters.

Where university lecturers and tutors are employed

Tertiary institutions, such as universities, offer lectureships and other tertiary teaching positions. Lecturers may also be self-employed, working as consultants or in a professional practice. Competition for available positions is very strong.


Full-time university lecturers and tutors in South Australia generally earn over $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for University Lecturers and Tutors

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,954 people employed full-time as university lecturers and tutors in South Australia, compared with 1,670 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a university lecturer you usually have to complete a degree in your field, preferably at a masters or doctoral degree level. Previous teaching, research and/or industry experience is also looked on favorably by employing institutions.

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

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities, visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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