Post-secondary teaching and research assistants (NOC 4012)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median 22.00$
Maximum 36.90$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
14,000
Skill level
Professional (usually a university degree)

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.

Main 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
  • - Continued…
  • - 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.

Employment requirements

  • * Enrolment in a university or college program is required.

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