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Post-secondary Teaching and Research Assistants

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NOC:4012
Occupation:Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

About the job

Nature of work:

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants assist university professors, community college and CEGEP teachers and other faculty members in teaching and research activities at universities and colleges.

Job duties:
Post-secondary teaching assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Organize reference materials, visual aids and other materials as required by university professors or college teachers for lectures.
  • Conduct seminars, discussion groups and laboratory sessions to supplement lectures.
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of examinations.
  • Grade examinations, term papers and laboratory reports.
Research assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Conduct literature reviews, surveys, laboratory experiments and other research for use in scholarly publications.
  • Compile research results and assist professors in the analysis of results and the preparation of journal articles or papers.

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants specialize in a subject matter based on their field of study.

Sample job titles:
  • college laboratory assistant
  • college teaching assistant
  • graduate assistant - university
  • laboratory demonstrator - post-secondary teaching assistance
  • laboratory supervisor - post-secondary teaching assistant
  • post-secondary research assistant
  • post-secondary teaching assistant
  • university laboratory assistant
  • university research assistant
Skills:

Job requirements:
  • Enrolment in a university or college program is required.
Other considerations:

Most university teaching and research assistants are employed on a part-time basis.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 21% of Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $39,957. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Post-secondary Teaching and Research Assistants1,590Moderate growth90Low
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $20.00
Maximum: $39.42
Minimum: $1,276
Median: $7,875
Maximum: $45,874
Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services55,420Moderate growth4,880Low
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $26.88
Maximum: $46.15
Minimum: $5,616
Median: $44,335
Maximum: $92,599
Post-secondary Teaching and Research AssistantsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time52%79%
Percent self-employed36%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentPost-secondary Teaching and Research AssistantsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern4%x12%$30,581
Northern10%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton6%x13%$32,974
Halifax73%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley7%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgePost-secondary Teaching and Research AssistantsCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-2436%N/A
25-3439%5%
35-4410%37%
45-5410%29%
55-645%24%
65+x5%
Median Age2644
GenderPost-secondary Teaching and Research AssistantsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Female56%64%
Male44%36%
EducationPost-secondary Teaching and Research AssistantsCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax2.8%$11,346
High school20.9%x14.3%$25,801
Trades certificate0.7%x4.2%$35,678
College certificate or diploma4.6%x21.5%$28,183
University certificate or diploma2.4%x2.6%$35,967
Bachelor's degree39.3%$41,62629.2%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diploma1.5%x3.4%$47,801
Master's degree0.4%$57,64317.2%$35,978
Doctorate23.3%$110,2584.6%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry6.8%$77,1580.2%$83,456
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Association of University Teachers
2705 Queensview Drive
Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2
Tel: (613) 820-2270
Fax: (613) 820-7244
acppu@caut.ca

Training Paths & Education

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Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the integrative scientific study of biological issues related to health and medicine, or a program in one or more of the biomedical sciences that is undifferentiated as to title. These programs include courses in any of the basic medical sciences at the research level; biological science research in biomedical faculties; and general studies encompassing a variety of the biomedical disciplines.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Computer science
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on computers, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. These programs include courses in the principles of computational science, and computing theory; computer hardware design; computer development and programming; and applications to a variety of end-use situations.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
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