Job prospects University Professor in Québec

Job opportunities for University professors and lecturers (NOC 4011) are good in Québec over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an university professor.

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

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for University professors and lecturers (NOC 4011) 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.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

To become a university professor, you usually need a doctorate in the teaching program. For Lecturer positions, requirements vary by institution, program and course to be taught. Master's graduates who are pursuing doctoral studies and bachelor's degree holders with extensive experience in the field of the course being taught are generally accepted.

The evolution of employment in this occupation depends on the number of university-level students and university revenues, most of which come from governments. According to the forecasts of the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur du Québec, the student population is expected to decrease slightly over the next few years. However, government investments in education and the funding of university research should allow moderate employment growth in this occupation. Still, job opportunities will be mainly due to the need to replace retiring faculty members.

Here are some key facts about University professors and lecturers in Québec:

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