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: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.
Job opportunities in Québec
The employment outlook will be good for University professors and lecturers (NOC 4011) in Québec for the 2021-2023 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.
A doctorate in the appropriate field of specialization is required to become a university professor. The requirements for lecturers vary according to the institution and education program. Graduates who hold a master's degree and are enrolled in doctoral studies are usually accepted, as well as graduates who hold a bachelor's degree and have extensive experience in the field of specialization being taught. Proficiency in using the main online teaching tools and adaptability are essential competencies.
Job growth in this occupation depends on the university student population and educational institution revenues, most of which come from governments. According to forecasts from the Quebec Department of Education and Higher Education, the student population is expected to dip slightly in the short term, owing primarily to health concerns and the lower number of foreign students. However, government investments in post-secondary education, increased public and private financing of university research and the deregulation of tuition fees for foreign students should bolster the demand for this occupation. Nevertheless, job prospects will mainly be attributable to the need to replace retiring professors. Lastly, enormous strides were made in the area of virtual learning as a result of the pandemic. Although in-person teaching remains the norm, there has been an increase in various non-traditional teaching methods, such as courses that are entirely delivered remotely (live or asynchronously) or using a hybrid approach.
Here are some key facts about University professors and lecturers in Québec:
- Approximately 16,300 people work in this occupation.
- University professors and lecturers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Universities (NAICS 6113):more than 95%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 83% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 17% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 56% of university professors and lecturers work all year, while 44% 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 36 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Good Good|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Good Good|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Good Good|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Good Good|
|Côte-Nord Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Estrie Region||Good Good|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Lanaudière Region||Good Good|
|Laurentides Region||Good Good|
|Laval Region||Good Good|
|Mauricie Region||Good Good|
|Montréal Region||Good Good|
|Montérégie Region||Good Good|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Outaouais Region||Good Good|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Good Good|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
We expect that the labour supply and demand for University professors and lecturers (NOC 4011) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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