4012 – Post-secondary teaching and research assistants | Canada 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.


Index of titles

Example titles

  • College laboratory assistant
  • College teaching assistant
  • Discussion group leader – post-secondary teaching assistant
  • Graduate 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
  • Tutor – post-secondary teaching assistant
  • University laboratory assistant
  • University research assistant
  • University 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.


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