Job prospects Post-secondary Research Assistant in Québec
Job opportunities for Post-secondary teaching and research assistants (NOC 4012) are fair in Québec 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 Québec
The employment outlook will be fair for Post-secondary teaching and research assistants (NOC 4012) in Québec for the 2019-2021 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.
- High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
Opportunities in this occupation will be primarily available to students with a university degree enrolled in a graduate program in an appropriate field of specialization. Since the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of this profession, educational institutions can afford to choose the most qualified candidates. They select them on the basis of their academic achievements and their communication skills.
Employment growth in this occupation is influenced by university-level student enrollment and university earnings, most of which come from governments. According to the forecasts of the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur du Québec, student enrollments, all cycles combined, are expected to decrease slightly over the next few years. However, government investments in education and funding for university research should support moderate job growth in this occupation. Nevertheless, job opportunities will be primarily attributable to the need to replace teaching and research assistants who will complete their studies and move on to other occupations.
Here are some key facts about Post-secondary teaching and research assistants in Québec:
- Approximately 16,550 people work in this occupation.
- Post-secondary teaching and research assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
- Universities (NAICS 6113): 86%
- Community colleges and C.E.G.E.P.s (NAICS 6112): 8%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 59% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 41% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 42% of post-secondary teaching and research assistants work all year, while 58% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
- Less than 5% of post-secondary teaching and research assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Fair Fair|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Fair Fair|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Fair Fair|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Fair Fair|
|Côte-Nord Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Estrie Region||Fair Fair|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Lanaudière Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Laurentides Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Laval Region||Fair Fair|
|Mauricie Region||Fair Fair|
|Montréal Region||Fair Fair|
|Montérégie Region||Fair Fair|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Outaouais Region||Fair Fair|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Fair Fair|
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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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