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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 Northwest 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.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Compared to other occupations, this is not a significant occupation in this region.
In Ontario, the employment outlook for university professors is expected to be average to good for 2012-2013. At the time of the 2006 census, there were nearly 21,000 professors employed in the province, a 20% increase from the previous census. The need for university professors has been supported by the growing demand for post-secondary education as a result of increased educational requirements by employers.
This occupation has a much older average age than for all occupations. While some opportunities due to retirement will occur, many enter this occupation at a later age, or work to an older age. The elimination of mandatory retirement in Ontario in December 2006 has enabled professors to continue working past age 65 if they wish. Normal turnover and growth due to increased enrolment are expected to be the main drivers of employment. There is a substantial international component to this occupation. The increase in popularity of distance and online learning in recent years is also providing university professors with a unique opportunity to teach in a non-conventional manner.
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