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High-Paying Jobs in Canada and Best Universities to Get You Hired

Already decided you want to study in Canada and you are wondering about the nature of jobs in Canada? We don’t blame you. The nation attracts thousands of foreign students each year thanks to a large number of English-taught degree programs, its well-developed economy, high living standards, and lots of employment opportunities.

Below, we will talk about the best jobs in Canada, with the highest-paying jobs and what degree programs and universities provide you the best job opportunities.

Courses with the highest graduate salaries in Canada

We have listed some of the courses with the highest salaries after completion. This is by no means a thorough list. You can get a high income job in other work areas also, particularly after you acquire experience and advance to managerial or administrative roles.

  • Dentistry degrees
  • Medicine degrees
  • Nursing degrees
  • Law degrees
  • Engineering degrees
  • Computer Sciences degrees
  • Business degrees

Top 10 best jobs in Canada

It’s tough to define what a “best job” really is, since it often is based on your personal interests, skills, and priorities. But if you rank jobs in Canada on the basis of average salaries, career growth, and future potentials, you can get a list of great jobs.

That’s what the Canadian Business does each year, when they publish a ranking of the best jobs in Canada. Listed below are the top 10 jobs in 2020 based on their research:

  1. Nurse Practitioner – 104,000 CAD/year
  2. Dentist – 93,600 CAD/year
  3. Utilities Manager – 114,000 CAD/year
  4. Power Systems Electrician – 86,000 CAD/year
  5. Mining and Quarrying Supervisor – 83,200 CAD per year
  6. Pipefitting Supervisor – 81,000 CAD/year
  7. Engineering Manager – 106,000 CAD/year
  8. Scientific Research Manager – 102,000 CAD/year
  9. Public Administration Director – 110,000 CAD/year
  10. Construction Manager – 83,000 CAD/year

Highest paying jobs in Canada

It’s little surprise that some of the top-paying jobs in Canada are also listed in the top 10 jobs since salary is a very crucial factor in the ranking. But it is not the only important factor. Keeping that in mind, here are the top five highest-paying jobs in Canada based on data from the Canadian Visa website:

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  • Physician/Doctor – 150,000 CAD/year
  • Lawyer – 135,000 CAD/year
  • Miner/Oil and Gas Driller – 77,250 CAD per year
  • Dentist – 75,000 CAD/year
  • Registered Nurses – 74,000 CAD/year

As you can notice, there are differences between salaries on the basis of data from the Canadian Business and those on the basis of data from the Canadian Visa. This typically happens because the average is computed based on information from jobs/employees from various regions.

Even if data from all regions is put into consideration, you cannot obtain information from every single worker. There are also some other factors which affect how much you earn, like the type of degree(s) you have, work experience in the profession, and so on.

These average salaries are intended to provide you an idea about how much you could make. But your earning will often be dependent on your knowledge, skills, and occasionally, even luck.

Canadian universities with the highest graduate employability

The reputation of a school doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t get you ready for the labour market. Luckily, Canadian schools know how crucial it is to teach students important skills, which can actually be used in the real world.

In line with data from the Global University Employability Ranking 2020, listed below are the best higher academic institutions in Canada:

  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Montreal
  • McMaster University

We also suggest these Canadian universities which provide great education resulting in good employment prospects after graduation:

  • University of Manitoba
  • York University

Do I need a work visa for Canada?

After you finish your degree program in Canada as a foreign student, you are permitted to work for a period that sums up to the length of your program, but not over three years. You have to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Programme (PGWPP) within 90 days from when you get the written notification that you’ve finished your academic degree program.

So as to be qualified to apply for the PGWPP, you should have graduated from:

  • A public higher education institution or
  • A private higher academic institution that sticks to the rules of public schools or
  • A private higher academic institution that has qualification programs of 900 hours or greater and leads to a “diplôme d’études professionnelles” (DEP) or an “attestation de spécialisation professionnelle” (ASP) or
  • A private institution that provides degrees endorsed by the Canadian province in which it is situated.

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