Job outlook Natural Sciences Professor - University in Ontario

Job opportunities for University professors and lecturers (NOC 4011) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a natural sciences professor - university.

Job opportunities in Ontario

natural sciences professor - university
Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for University professors and lecturers (NOC 4011) in Ontario 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.

The main driver of employment growth in this occupation is post-secondary education enrolment, which has been rising over several years. The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and the Ontario Student Grant (OSG) are set to become more restrictive in the coming years, as the provincial government proposed in January 2019 to eliminate the non-needs-based portion of the OSG. A greater portion of its OSAP funds will be shifted from non-repayable grants into repayable loans. Low-income students will now be ineligible to receive grants large enough to cover the full cost of tuition, and post-undergraduate students will now receive a minimum of 50% of their funding in repayable loans rather than non-repayable grants.

In addition, the previous grace period that existed after graduation for six months interest-free is also set to be eliminated, while the definition of an independent mature student who is assessed for OSAP eligibility independent of their parents' income will become tightened. These measures will be balanced, however, by a 10% decrease in tuition fees for all domestic students in Ontario colleges and universities, although the decrease in tuition funding for colleges and universities, estimated at $440 million, will not be supplemented by the provincial government.

In addition, the total expenses for the postsecondary education and training sector will decrease by 5.8% for 2019/20 in the 2019 provincial budget, reflecting the savings sought for financial sustainability to the OSAP program. The Ontario budget also incorporates a significant decrease in postsecondary infrastructure expenditures of more than 60% from 2018/19 to 2019/20, as several campus expansions and a new Francophone university were cancelled in the fall of 2018. The Ontario government also intends to link the majority of university funding to performance outcomes by 2024/25 via strategic mandate agreements.

The job market for university professors is quite international in scope and very highly competitive. In addition, given the prevalence of contract and sessional work in this occupation, it is common for university professors to work a long time in this occupation or a related occupation before securing a tenured position as a professor. The average age of university professors in Ontario is significantly higher than other occupations. Although some job opportunities will arise from retirement needs, this may be moderated by the fact that many professors choose to work well into old age.

Here are some key facts about University professors and lecturers in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 25,150 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: 86% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 14% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 64% of university professors and lecturers work all year, while 36% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 36 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Location Job outlook
Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Good
Kingston–Pembroke Region Good
Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Good
London Region Good
Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Good
Northeast Region Good
Northwest Region Good
Ottawa Region Good
Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined
Toronto Region Good
Windsor-Sarnia Region Good
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions across Canada

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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