Investigate Academic Careers

Before starting any job search, it is prudent to investigate the career from the perspective of industry trends, employer demand, and requirements to be competitive. This is especially true of academic careers today. Although the idea of becoming a professor may seem straight forward, the field of higher education is in constant flux impacting academic job seekers in a variety of ways.

Contents of this section includes: 

  • Links to labour market information and analysis
  • Academic job search sites

Labour Market Information

There are a variety of sources of Labour Market information on academic careers which can help to create a picture of your potential future in academia. The federal and provincial governments issue forecasts of the demand for University Professors (National Occupational Classification Code - NOC 4121) and other allied professions which often include Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants (NOC 4122), and College and Other Vocational Instructors (NOC 4131). These projections are available but they may not be timely or accurately reflect the demand in your field. Reading as many sources as possible and finding information on your intended discipline (if possible) is recommended for a well-informed perspective on academic career paths. Going beyond published information and talking to professors and other scholars pursuing academic careers is also highly recommended. The links below can help you access career outlooks based on government estimates, information on trends affecting employment in this field, and analyses of the academic labour market realities faced by Canadian graduate students today.

Government Resources:

Labour Market Trends and Analysis:


Links to Academic Job Postings

The following sites can be used to find academic postings.  Reviewing, monitoring and analyzing them in conjunction with the academic labour market research and analysis presented above can give a more concrete picture of demand for positions in your field, employer requirements and how to meet them. Many of the sites also list non-academic positions that require advanced degrees which can also be useful in thinking about careers in other industries.

Academic Job Sites

Also check the HR and Careers sites of the universities and colleges you are interested in.

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