Vorobyeva Clarissa Ivanovna – Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of Psychology Department of the Far Eastern State Transportation University (Khabarovsk).
Oparina Nadezda Mikhailovna – Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor of Psychology Department of the Far Eastern State Transportation University (Khabarovsk).
The research of the problem of semantic sphere of a specialist that is connected with development and realization of a person as an individual, a personality, an object of some activity is important from scientific and practical point of view. Due to V.E. Chudnovsky, the profession of a teacher is one of the most "meaning-creating". This determines the special significance of studying the interrelation of vital and professional meanings of a university teacher.
The peculiarity of teacher's profession is that unlike many other professions, where the results of labour process are relatively close and tangible, the fruits of teaching activity are subtle, more indirect and ambiguous. The profession of a teacher is characterized by "projection" of today's tedious work to the distant future.
On the base of empirical study the determinants of semantic sphere of teacher's professional activity have been defined. They are the following: 1) marked orientation towards the value of another person; 2) functional diversity and complexity of the problems solved by a teacher; 3) social expectations, the prestige of a university teacher profession; 4) creativity of teaching activity; 5) the possibility of relatively free time scheduling; 6) the possibility to communicateе widely and have intensive social contacts; 7) stable salary.
The research of the problem of professional meanings has shown the necessity of analyzing the interrelation of professional and
vital activity meanings and determining their interrelations.
Key words: personal meaning of work, professional aims, vital activity and professional meanings.