Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants

(NOC 4012)

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

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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 90 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4880 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

$11.00

Minimum

$20.00

Median

$39.42

Maximum

Annual Pay

$1,276

Minimum

$7,875

Median

$45,874

Maximum

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

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$26.88

Median

$46.15

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

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.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,590

employed in 2016

52.0%

employed full-time

2.5%

self employed

56.1%
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43.9%
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25.8

median age

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

55,420

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

72.9%

Halifax

9.8%

Northern

7.5%

Annapolis Valley

5.9%

Cape Breton

4.3%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

97.2%

Educational Services

1.6%

Other Professional Services

0.6%

Health Care and Social Assistance

0.6%

Other Services

What is the age of Employment?

39.4%

25-34

36.2%

15-24

9.5%

45-54

9.5%

35-44

5.0%

55-64

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

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

39.3%

Bachelor's degree

$41,626 median annual income
23.3%

Doctorate

$110,258 median annual income
20.9%

High school

N/A
6.8%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$77,158 median annual income
4.6%

College certificate or diploma

N/A

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

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Biomedical sciences - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Computer science

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Association of University Teachers
2705 Queensview Drive
Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2
Tel: (613) 820-2270
Fax: (613) 820-7244

Additional resources

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Job postings

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