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4012 – Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

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.


Example titles

  • College laboratory assistant
  • College teaching assistant
  • Graduate assistant - university
  • Post-secondary research assistant
  • University research assistant
  • Tutor - post-secondary teaching assistant

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Post-secondary teaching assistants
  • 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
  • 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, or completion of, a university or college program is required.

Additional information


  • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (4413)
  • Other instructors (4216)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
4 – Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services
Skill level
A – Occupations usually require university education.
Major group
40 – Professional occupations in education services
Minor group
401 – University professors and post-secondary assistants
Associated Career Handbook profiles
4012.1 – Post-secondary teaching assistants 4012.2 – Post-secondary research assistants
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