Job prospects Post-secondary Research Assistant in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Post-secondary teaching and research assistants (NOC 4012) are fair in British Columbia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a post-secondary research assistant.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

post-secondary research assistant
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Post-secondary teaching and research assistants (NOC 4012) in British Columbia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Post-secondary teaching and research assistants in the British Columbia region:

  • Approximately 7,800 people work in this occupation.
  • Post-secondary teaching and research assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Universities (NAICS 6113): 87%
    • Other schools and instruction (NAICS 6115-6117): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 58% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 42% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 41% of post-secondary teaching and research assistants work all year, while 59% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 30 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of post-secondary teaching and research assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in British Columbia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Cariboo Region Fair Fair
    Kootenay Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Lower Mainland–Southwest Region Fair Fair
    Nechako Region Undetermined Undetermined
    North Coast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northeast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Thompson–Okanagan Region Fair Fair
    Vancouver Island and Coast Region Fair Fair
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Post-secondary teaching and research assistants (NOC 4012) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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