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

post-secondary research assistant
Prospects over the next 3 years

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:

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