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University Professors  (NOC 4121)
Laval Region
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Table on the employment potential for University Professors in Laval Region as well as in the rest of the Québec.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Laval Region Good   (3 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15

For the 2015-2017 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for University Professors (NOC 4121) in the Montreal census metropolitan area, including the Laval region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Labour needs will stem mostly from positions vacated by university professors who will be retiring in large numbers. The percentage of university professors aged 55 and over at the time of the 2011 Census was clearly higher than it was for all occupations. Other positions will become vacant since some university professors will move to other occupations. Experience and training in university teaching provide access to a wide range of positions related to their field of teaching and to promotions to management positions in the university teaching sector. However, career paths are usually developed within the occupation.

These openings will be available to people who meet occupational requirements. In order to become a university professor, a PhD specialized in the topic being taught is usually required. This occupation is experiencing serious shortages in disciplines such as engineering, computer science and medicine. These shortages stem to a large extent from competition from universities in the United States and in the rest of Canada, and the effects of competition from the rest of the labour market; they offer better compensation to these highly qualified professionals. The requirements of universities for lecturing positions vary significantly by establishment, the field of study and the specific courses being taught. The basic requirement is a PhD specialized in the topic being taught, but master's graduates who are continuing their PhD studies and those holding bachelor's degree with significant experience in the field of study are also generally accepted. Some research assistants (NOC) 4122 will be able to access, amongst others, teaching assistant positions. Few positions will be filled by unemployed university professors, since unemployment occurs almost exclusively in summer and vanishes when the demand for professors is at its height. According to the Quebec Government, the number of university students at the doctorate level is expected to increase during the period under review. The growth of this succession pool can only serve to facilitate the renewal of the supply of specialized labour.

Employment for university professors is forecast to remain stable between now and 2017. First of all, according to Government of Québec forecasts, which take into account demographics and school attendance rates, the university student population should remain stable during the forecast period for the Montreal census metropolitan area (CMA), largely due to the increasing attendance of foreign students. The implementation of new university pavilions and campuses, both in the metropolitan area and suburbs to the north should boost demand for university professors. However, announced budget cuts in university funding could diminish the demand for this occupation over the next few years.

Here are some key facts about University Professors in the census metropolitan area of Montreal, including Laval:

  • Approximately 9,150 people work in this occupation.
  • University Professors mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): more than 95%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 67% compared to 70% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 33% compared to 17% for all occupations

Please consult the Québec and Canada tabs for more useful information related to outlook.
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