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  NOC 4021 – Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

To apply under NOC-4021 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Post-secondary teaching and research assistants.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

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

  • Teach students using a systematic plan of lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, laboratory work, shop sessions, seminars, case studies, field assignments and independent or group projects
  • Develop curriculum and prepare teaching materials and outlines for courses
  • Prepare, administer and mark tests and papers to evaluate students’ progress
  • Advise students on program curricula and career decisions
  • Provide individualized tutorial or remedial instruction to students who require it
  • Supervise independent or group projects, field placements, laboratory work or hands-on training
  • Supervise teaching assistants
  • May provide consultation services to government, business and other organizations
  • May serve on committees concerned with matters such as budgets, curriculum revision, and course and diploma requirements.

These instructors specialize in particular fields or areas of study such as visual arts, dental hygiene, welding, engineering technology, policing, computer software, management and early childhood education.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Post-secondary teaching and research assistants. 

NOC 4021 – Post-secondary teaching and research assistants: example titles.

  • academic subjects teacher – college level
  • accounting teacher – college level
  • administration teacher
  • advertising art teacher
  • agricultural college teacher
  • agricultural school teacher
  • airline customer-service instructor
  • apparel design teacher
  • appliance servicing teacher – vocational institute
  • applied arts teacher – college level
  • architectural technology instructor
  • automotive repair instructor – community college
  • Bible college teacher
  • Bible school teacher
  • bookkeeping teacher
  • business administration teacher
  • business administration teacher – college level
  • business college instructor
  • business college teacher
  • business law teacher
  • business subjects teacher – vocational institute
  • CEGEP (general and vocational college) teacher
  • CEGEP teacher
  • chemical technology teacher
  • chemistry teacher – agricultural school
  • child-care service teacher
  • child-care service teacher – college level
  • clothing design teacher
  • college instructor
  • college lecturer
  • college of applied arts and technology instructor
  • college of applied arts and technology teacher
  • college teacher
  • commercial art instructor
  • commercial art teacher
  • commercial subjects teacher – vocational institute
  • commercial vehicle driver instructor
  • communications teacher – college level
  • community college instructor
  • community college teacher
  • community planning teacher – college level
  • community-based trainer
  • company trainer
  • computer programming instructor – college level
  • computer science teacher – college level
  • computer trainer
  • computer training instructor
  • computer training representative
  • computer-assisted drafting (CAD) instructor
  • computer-based trainer
  • correspondence school instructor
  • correspondence school tutor
  • correspondence teacher – college level
  • court reporting instructor
  • data-processing teacher – college level
  • denominational institute teacher
  • dental assistant program teacher – community college
  • dental hygienist program teacher
  • department chairman/woman – college
  • department chairman/woman – community college
  • department chairperson – college
  • department chairperson – community college
  • department head – CEGEP
  • department head – college
  • department head – community college
  • department head – institute of technology
  • department head – private training institute
  • department head – technical institute
  • department head – vocational institute
  • direct sales instructor
  • drafting instructor
  • drafting instructor – college level
  • drafting teacher
  • drafting teacher – college level
  • driving instructor, commercial vehicles
  • early childhood education instructor – college level
  • early childhood education teacher – college level
  • economics teacher – college level
  • electrolysis instructor – vocational institute
  • electromechanical technology teacher – college level
  • electronic technology teacher – college level
  • elocution teacher – non-medical
  • embalming teacher
  • English as a second language teacher (ESL) – college level
  • English teacher – business college
  • English teacher – college level
  • ESL (English as a second language) teacher – college level
  • fashion design teacher – CEGEP
  • fashion teacher – college level
  • fine arts teacher – college level
  • firefighters instructor
  • firefighting instructor
  • flight attendants instructor
  • French as a second language teacher (except elementary, high school or university)
  • gliding instructor
  • graphic arts teacher
  • graphic design instructor
  • ground school instructor
  • hairdressing instructor – vocational institute
  • hairdressing teacher – community college
  • health and safety instructor
  • health technology teacher
  • heavy equipment operators instructor – community college
  • history teacher – CEGEP
  • horticulture and landscaping instructor – school of horticulture
  • hotel management teacher – college
  • industrial instrumentation teacher
  • industrial safety instructor
  • Industry-based instructor
  • industry-based trainer
  • institute of technology teacher
  • instructor – business college
  • instructor – commercial college
  • instructor – company
  • instructor – industry
  • instructor – language school
  • instructor – private training institute
  • instructor – technical school
  • instructor – technology institute
  • instructor – vocational school
  • instructor, college
  • instructor, college of applied arts and technology
  • instructor, community college
  • instructor, correspondence school
  • instructor, firefighters
  • instructor, firefighting
  • instructor, flight attendants
  • instructor, ground school
  • instructor, health and safety
  • instructor, heavy equipment operators – community college
  • instructor, industrial safety
  • instructor, police
  • instructor, pursers
  • instructor, technological institute
  • interior design teacher
  • journalism teacher – college level
  • landscaping instructor
  • language instructor – language school
  • language laboratory teacher – college level
  • language school instructor
  • law enforcement teacher
  • law teacher – police college
  • leader, management seminar
  • lecturer – college
  • lecturer, college
  • legal secretarial program teacher – community college
  • management seminar leader
  • marketing teacher – college level
  • mathematics teacher – college level
  • mechanical technology teacher – college level
  • medical records management program teacher
  • medical technology teacher
  • mineral technology teacher – college of applied arts and technology
  • mining rescue instructor
  • modern languages teacher – college level
  • modern languages tutor – language school
  • music teacher – conservatory of music
  • nursing educator – except college
  • nursing instructor – college
  • police college teacher
  • police instructor
  • printing technology teacher – CEGEP
  • professional training instructor
  • public-speaking instructor
  • public-speaking teacher
  • pursers instructor
  • recreational leadership teacher
  • remedial teacher – college level
  • retail management teacher
  • second-language instructor – language school
  • secretarial services teacher
  • shorthand teacher – business college
  • social services teacher – college level
  • staff training officer – industry
  • teacher – business college
  • teacher – commercial college
  • teacher – institute of technology
  • teacher – seminary
  • teacher, agricultural college
  • teacher, agricultural school
  • teacher, Bible college
  • teacher, Bible school
  • teacher, CEGEP (general and vocational college)
  • teacher, college
  • teacher, college of applied arts and technology
  • teacher, community college
  • teacher, English as a second language (ESL) – college level
  • teacher, English as a second language (except elementary, high school or university)
  • teacher, French as a second language (except elementary, high school or university)
  • teacher, legal assistant program
  • teacher, police college
  • teacher, public speaking
  • teacher, technological institute
  • teacher, vocational institute
  • technical subjects instructor – vocational institute
  • technological institute instructor
  • technological institute teacher
  • technological subjects instructor – vocational institute
  • technology teacher – college level
  • tool and die making teacher – community college
  • tourism trainer
  • trade instructor – community college
  • trainee instructor
  • trainer, company
  • trainer, computer
  • training consultant – industry
  • training instructor – college level
  • training officer – company
  • training representative, computer
  • truck driver trainer – community college
  • tutor, correspondence school
  • tutor, modern languages – language school
  • typing teacher – commercial college
  • vocational institute teacher
  • vocational trainer
  • welding teacher – technical institute


Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree, a college diploma or demonstrated expertise in the field of instruction is required.
  • A master’s degree in the field of instruction may be required.
  • A certificate, diploma or degree in adult education may be required.
  • For instructors of trades, completion of apprenticeship training and industry or trade certification are required. Additional courses in teaching or a provincial teaching certificate may be required.

Additional Information

  • Progression to administrative positions in post-secondary education is possible with experience.


  • Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training (0421)
  • Instructors teaching non-academic or non-vocational courses (in 4216 Other instructors)
  • Secondary school teachers (4031)
  • University professors and lecturers (<4011)

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