Nursing lecturers or professors instruct postsecondary students in the skills necessary to become a nurse. They work in environments that are intellectually stimulating and comfortable. A Ph.D. is the typical educational requirement, especially in four-year universities where a tenured position is the ultimate goal. Advancement beyond tenure can lead to administrative or managerial positions such as department chairman.
As with all college lecturers, those in nursing have great flexibility in arranging their week. They need only devote 12 to 16 hours per week to class work with another three to six for office hours when they can meet students. They can divide the rest of the time among research, grading, course preparation and study. They earn a median £39,884 per year. The lowest 10 per cent make £24,830, and the highest 10 per cent get £64,480. The bottom 25 per cent earn £31,466, while the highest 25 per cent receive £50,966, according to May 2009 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The biggest employers of nursing lecturers are colleges and universities, with nearly 47 per cent of the available 49,140 jobs. Colleges and universities pay £42,880 per year, followed by junior colleges, which have more than 36 per cent of the positions and pay £40,703. The highest paying employers are speciality hospitals that do not include psychiatry or drug abuse. They pay £67,275 but only offer 70 positions.
The state with the highest pay for nursing lecturers is California, where the largest population in the U.S. offers more students and more opportunities. Salaries there are at £53,378 per year. The city with the best pay is Salinas, California, at £66,963 per year but with only 50 jobs. Second-ranked Santa Ana, California, has wages at £62,036 annually but offers more positions at 370.
Jobs for all lecturers will grow by 15 per cent until 2018, which is faster than average, according to the BLS. Salaries should grow just as fast. The demand will come from an increasing population and a corresponding growth in those of college age. Competition will be keen for those wanting tenure at four-year universities. Prospects will be easier for those willing work part-time or in renewable terms. Though Ph.D.'s have the best job prospects, those with master's degrees will be able to find employment at community colleges.