Tertiary education and research jobs

So I’ve been doing a bit of research into jobs and thought I’d share some of the information I’ve found.

Being on a uni job site, this is obviously an attempt to market the few positions available in universities but has some important information. Unis do provide good benefits, various salary packages, flexible work arrangements, and actively support their staff in continuing to learn and research.

This is a bunch of statistical graphs on various aspects of the industry. While the vacancy level is quite low, the industry is expected to continually grow. University lecturers are expected to hold postgraduate degrees, much more so compared to the average in other industries.

This is a nice overview on the duties, tasks, skills and generalities about the job. It also has a pretty graph at the bottom about potential earnings.

I stumbled across this interesting report last week on Twitter. People love their research careers for the exploration of interesting and important ideas. The worst aspect of the career was uncertain job prospects. As well as lots of interesting statistics on the survey collected about a career in research, this also includes lots of suggestions about how to make research better in Australia.

This is not a shock. There is a lot of competition – you could say that pretty much about job type or career.

Casual positions are growing in the industry, but the uncertain job prospects is hurting employees. While it’s seen as a foot in to where you want to work in, it’s also holding people back as a background with casual jobs is seen as undesirable for permanent positions. Combined with a huge amount of research, this report is fascinating and a little scary. As with above, there’s not a lot of jobs available in academia and what you get seems to be more likely to be through networking than job searching.

I’ve read through the first analysis of the survey results, and they show a dramatic picture of the industry and the type of people employed. Academic rank by gender is incredible – the lower levels are dominated by women, the higher by men. Facilities are great, but support staff is often seen to be lacking.

This is an Australian Government report on the whole sector. I haven’t finished reading it, but it goes into details of funding for the industry, student caps and more. This report also highlights the aging population of the current workforce and that the government needs to attract more HDR students to address the shortage.


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