How to become a University Lecturer

University lecturers teach tertiary students in one or more subject areas and conduct research projects.

Personal requirements of a University Lecturer

  • Academic ability
  • Interested in original research
  • Enjoy, and have aptitude for, teaching
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Confidence in presenting information to an audience and fielding questions
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Leadership skills
  • Organisational and supervisory skills
  • Able to analyse and solve problems

Education & Training for a University Lecturer

To become a university lecturer you usually have to complete a degree in your field, preferably at a masters or doctoral degree level. Relevant courses are widely available. Consult institution handbooks for more information on courses in your field of interest. Previous teaching, research and/or industry experience is also looked on favourably 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. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 3.3%

NSW 35.2%

NT 1%

QLD 18%

SA 7.9%

TAS 1.4%

VIC 25.9%

WA 7.4%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 48.8%

Female 51.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 2.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 18.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 78.5%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 21.3%

Above 35 years: 78.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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