Tertiary Lecturer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2d ago

Pay for tertiary lecturers varies depending on qualifications and experience, the size and type of institution and the collective pay agreements.

Polytechnics and institutes of technology

  • Tertiary lecturers at polytechnics and institutes of technology usually earn between $48,000 and $79,000 a year.
  • Senior lecturers can earn up to $90,000 and principal lecturers can earn up to $102,000.
  • Universities

  • University lecturers usually earn between $69,000 and $92,000 a year.
  • Senior lecturers can earn up to $115,000.
  • Associate professors can earn between $113,000 and $139,000.
  • Professors can earn from $132,000 to $177,000.
  • Source : Tertiary Education Union, 'Collective Employment Agreements 2016-2018'.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Tertiary lecturers may do some or all of the following :

  • prepare and give lectures, workshops and tutorials to students
  • prepare and mark assignments, essays and exams
  • give academic advice to students and supervise their research
  • do research, write reports and publish articles on their subject area
  • attend and present at conferences on their subject area.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Tertiary lecturers need to have :

  • up-to-date knowledge of their subject area
  • teaching and lecturing skills
  • research skills, and up-to-date knowledge of research methods
  • skills in different styles of writing, such as writing courses, lectures and research
  • knowledge of assessment methods and regulations.
  • Tertiary lecturers :

  • usually work regular business hours
  • work in lecture theatres, classrooms, workshops, libraries, offices and laboratories. They may also teach students at work placements, such as boats, farms and kitchens
  • may travel within New Zealand and overseas to conferences and meetings, and to do research.
  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements for tertiary lecturers vary depending on where you want to teach.


    To lecture at a university you need to be studying towards or have completed a Master's degree, or have a Doctorate. You also need experience in teaching and research.

    Having published research is an advantage.

    Polytechnics and institutes of technology

    To lecture at a polytechnic or institute of technology you usually need a minimum of a national diploma and work experience in the subject you teach.

    Secondary education

    A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training.

    Personal requirements

    Tertiary lecturers need to be :

  • excellent at communicating, including being able to network effectively with other academics and professionals
  • good at planning and organising
  • able to understand different cultures
  • skilled at analysing information
  • skilled at using problem-solving skills
  • approachable and open-minded
  • enquiring and accurate when carrying out research.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for tertiary lecturers includes :

  • work in your field of subject expertise
  • teaching experience.
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