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University professors and lecturers

OaSIS code 41200.00

University professors and lecturers teach courses to undergraduate and graduate students and conduct research at universities. University professors who are heads of departments are included in this unit group.

Overview

Also known as

  • Botany assistant professor - university
  • Computer science professor - university
  • Engineering instructor - university
  • English professor - university
  • Food sciences department chairperson - university
  • French language professor - university
  • Geography department head - university
  • Indigenous studies professor – university
  • Lecturer - university
  • Linguistics associate professor
  • Physics department chairperson - university
  • Professor of medicine - university
  • University professor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Teach one or more university subjects to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to students and conduct laboratory sessions or discussion groups
  • Prepare, administer and grade examinations, laboratory assignments and reports
  • Advise students on course and academic matters and career decisions
  • Direct research programs of graduate students and advise on research matters
  • Conduct research in field of specialization and publish findings in scholarly journals or books
  • May serve on faculty committees dealing with such matters as curriculum planning and degree requirements, and perform a variety of administrative duties
  • May represent their universities as speakers and guest lecturers
  • May provide professional consultative services to government, industry and private individuals.

Additional information

  • University professors who are also practitioners in their field of specialization must have the appropriate licences or certification.
  • Progression to senior positions within a department, faculty or university is possible with experience.
  • University professors and lecturers specialize in a particular subject matter such as biology, chemistry, anatomy, sociology, business administration or law.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Post-secondary teaching and research assistants (41201)
  • College and other vocational instructors (41210)
  • Other instructors (43109)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

4 – Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

41 – Professional occupations in law, education, social, community and government services

Sub-major group

412 – Professional occupations in education services

Minor group

4120 – University professors and post-secondary assistants

Unit group

41200 – University professors and lecturers

Occupational profile

41200.00 – University professors and lecturers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Analyzing Data or Information
5 - Highest Level
Getting Information
5 - Highest Level
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
5 - Highest Level
Processing Information
5 - Highest Level
Training and Teaching
5 - Highest Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
Duration
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
2 - Somewhat important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Colleges and universities

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Speech Clarity
5 - Highest Level
Verbal Ability
5 - Highest Level
Written Comprehension
5 - Highest Level
Written Expression
5 - Highest Level
Categorization Flexibility
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
5 - Highest Level
Instructing
5 - Highest Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
5 - Highest Level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
5 - Highest Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Analytical Thinking
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important
Innovativeness
4 - Highly important