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College and Other Vocational Instructors

What they do?

College and other vocational instructors perform some or all of the following duties:

A. May serve on committees concerned with matters such as budgets, curriculum revision, and course and diploma requirements.

B. These instructors specialize in particular fields or areas of study such as visual arts, dental hygiene, welding, engineering technology, policing, computer software, management and early childhood education.

C. Teach students using a systematic plan of lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, laboratory work, shop sessions, seminars, case studies, field assignments and independent or group projects

D. Develop curriculum and prepare teaching materials and outlines for courses

E. Prepare, administer and mark tests and papers to evaluate students' progress

F. Advise students on program curricula and career decisions

G. Provide individualized tutorial/remedial instructions

Where they find work?

Community/agricultural colleges, CEGEPs
Technical institutes and other vocational schools
Language schools
Private training establishment/companies
Community agencies, and government

What education do I need?

1. To be a college or vocational instructor, you must have a college diploma, bachelor's degree or demonstrated expertise in your field of instruction.

2. You may need a master's degree or certificate, diploma or degree in adult education.

3. To be a trade instructor, you need trade certification and completion of apprenticeship training. You may need additional courses in teaching or a provincial/territorial teaching certificate.

4. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become an administrative head.

5. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree and almost 3 in 10 have a graduate degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. French
3. Social Studies
4. English (Communication)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for College and Other Vocational Instructors is $26.56/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

College and Other Vocational Instructors wages

Expected Wage by Age

College and Other Vocational Instructors Wage By Age

Unemployment:

5% of College and Other Vocational Instructors are unemployed. This rate is above the average for professional occupations.

Unemployment

College and Other Vocational Instructors Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

College and Other Vocational Instructors Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for College and Other Vocational Instructors is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($26.56) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is below average.

4. The unemployment rate (5%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of College and Other Vocational Instructors are found in Quebec and British Columbia while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (55%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Teaching/training/facilitation

2. Leadership skills

3. Interpersonal skills

Part Time Workers

College and Other Vocational Instructors Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


28% of College and Other Vocational Instructors are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 96,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 12% since 1997.

Age Demographics

College and Other Vocational Instructors Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The earlier-than-average retirement age (60) combined with an expected older-than-average age (44) of worker will likely result in an above-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

College and Other Vocational Instructors Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 12% of College and Other Vocational Instructors are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

College and Other Vocational Instructors Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


56% of the individuals employed as College and Other Vocational Instructors are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.