NOC 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.

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
  • 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.

All Titles

  • college laboratory assistant
  • college teaching assistant
  • demonstrator, laboratory – post-secondary teaching assistance
  • discussion group leader – post-secondary teaching assistant
  • graduate assistant – university
  • laboratory assistant, college
  • laboratory assistant, university
  • laboratory demonstrator – post-secondary teaching assistance
  • laboratory supervisor – post-secondary teaching assistant
  • marker – post-secondary teaching assistance
  • post-secondary research assistant
  • post-secondary teaching assistant
  • research assistant – post-secondary
  • research assistant, university
  • teaching assistant – post-secondary
  • teaching assistant – university
  • teaching assistant, college
  • teaching assistant, university
  • tutor – post-secondary teaching assistant
  • university laboratory assistant
  • university research assistant
  • university teaching assistant


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



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