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

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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 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:

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