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University professors teach courses to undergraduate and graduate students and conduct research at universities and degree-granting colleges. University professors who are heads of departments are included in this unit group.
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- Teach one or more university subjects to undergraduate and graduate students
- Prepare and deliver lectures to students and conduct laboratory sessions or discussion groups
- Prepare, administer and grade examinations, laboratory assignments and reports
- Advise students on course and academic matters and career decisions
- Direct research programs of graduate students and advise on research matters
- Conduct research in field of specialization and publish findings in scholarly journals or books
- May serve on faculty committees dealing with such matters as curriculum planning and degree requirements, and perform a variety of administrative duties
- May represent their universities as speakers and guest lecturers
- May provide professional consultative services to government, industry and private individuals.
University professors specialize in a particular subject matter such as biology, chemistry, anatomy, sociology, business administration or law.
Outlook & Prospects for University Professors in Bas-Saint-Laurent Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region are expected to be fair for this occupation.
After dropping slightly over most of the last decade, the number of university professors has remained stable recently. These movements can be explained by changes in government spending, the number of university-age young people and the school attendance rate of young people aged 20 to 29. Given the expected changes in these factors, the number of university professors is forecasted will be stable over the 2012-2014 period.
Most will stem from the need to replace retiring workers. In 2006, one third of professors were aged 55 and over. Other positions will become vacant through the departure of university professors entering other occupations, in management particularly.
These positions are open to individuals meeting the job requirements, including teaching assistants. Few professors are unemployed outside of the school holidays.
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