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Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants

What they do?

Post-secondary teaching assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Organize reference materials, visual aids and other materials as required by university professors or college teachers for lectures

B. Conduct seminars, discussion groups and laboratory sessions to supplement lectures

C. Assist in preparation and administration of examinations

D. Grade examinations, term papers and laboratory reports.

Where they find work?

1. Educational services - 90.0%
2. Scientific research and development services - 3.0%
3. Health care and social assistance - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. Enrolment in a university, college or CEGEP program is required.

2. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree and almost 3 in 10 have a graduate degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English (Communication)
2. Your Choice of Specialty: Science, Business, Math, History

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants is $18.30/HR, which is below average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are below average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants wages

Expected Wage by Age

Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants Wage By Age

Unemployment:

6% of Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants are unemployed. This rate is above the average for professionnal occupations.

Unemployment

Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($18.30) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (6%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average because of increased government spending on education and research. Also, demand for post-secondary educational services will increase as new workplace technologies require workers to have more training.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (39%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Research

2. Teaching

3. Interpersonal skills

Part Time Workers

Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


41% of Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 23,800 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 64% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively high percentage of younger workers suggests more entry-level positions and jobs that may serve as stepping stones in a career. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average age of workers (39).

Self Employed

Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 0% of Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


39% of the individuals employed as Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.