Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants

(NOC 4012)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants help university professors, community college teachers, and other faculty members in teaching and research activities at universities and colleges. Post-secondary teaching and research assistants specialize in a subject matter based on their field of study.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 80 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate 770 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4115 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

Universities and colleges laid off some teaching and research assistants as the number of students and activities on physical campuses were reduced in March. Universities anticipated a reduction in enrolment, leading to budgetary challenges. This prompted some schools to lay off part-time and casual teaching staff, consolidating the reduced number of class offerings among full-time professors. Looking forward, a rebound in the number of teaching assistants will be strongly influenced by enrolment figures and the resumption of on-campus teaching.

Employment in this occupation has been relatively stable prior to the pandemic, generally following the enrolment and course offerings of a university. The availability of research funding is also a factor of the demand for this occupation. This position is typically held by graduate students, with a large percentage working part-time and/or part of the year.

The median employment income for the 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, the 59% of those who worked full-time, year-round had a median employment income of $43,600. (Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$22.68

Median

$39.64

Maximum

Annual Pay

$1,276

Minimum

$7,875

Median

$45,874

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.74

Minimum

$33.28

Median

$46.76

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants help university professors, community college teachers, and other faculty members in teaching and research activities at universities and colleges. Post-secondary teaching and research assistants specialize in a subject matter based on their field of study.

Job duties

Post-secondary teaching assistants:

  • Organize reference materials, visual aids, and other materials as needed by university professors or college teachers for lectures.
  • Conduct seminars, discussion groups, and laboratory sessions to supplement lectures.
  • Help prepare and administer examinations.
  • Grade examinations, term papers, and laboratory reports.

Research assistants:

  • Conduct literature reviews, surveys, laboratory experiments, and other research for use in scholarly publications.
  • Compile research results and help professors analyse results and prepare journal articles or papers.

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

You should enjoy methodical work to compile, prepare, and organize materials for lectures or to set up and conduct research activities. You should like to explore things in depth and arrive at solutions through experimentation. You should enjoy instructing and teaching and collaborating with others on research.

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

By the numbers

Quick look

2,550

employed in 2016

50.9%

employed full-time

1.6%

self employed

55.8%
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44.2%
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25.8

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

76.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

72.7%

Halifax

9.8%

North Shore

7.4%

Annapolis Valley

5.9%

Cape Breton

4.3%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

96.9%

Educational services

1.3%

Professional, scientific and technical services

0.6%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

0.6%

Health care and social assistance

0.6%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

44.0%

15-24

35.0%

25-34

9.0%

35-44

5.0%

45-54

5.0%

55-64

2.0%

65+

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

24.2%

35-44

22.7%

45-54

21.4%

25-34

17.2%

55-64

8.4%

15-24

Top levels of education

39.9%

Bachelor

$6,579 median annual income
22.9%

Master

$9,543 median annual income
20.2%

High school

$6,358 median annual income
7.4%

Doctorate

$20,072 median annual income
4.3%

College Diploma

$33,586 median annual income

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

28.9%

Bachelor

$45,929 median annual income
21.2%

College Diploma

$35,398 median annual income
16.8%

Master

$71,043 median annual income
14.6%

High school

$29,055 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$100,443 median annual income

Education & training

Biomedical Sciences

College or University Program

These programs focus 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. They 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Computer Science

College or University Program

These programs focus on computers, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. They 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.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Association of University Teachers
Ottawa, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.