Canada has many serious advantages that are appealing to international students: English-taught degrees, highly developed economy, high living standards, rich culture and, most importantly, great employment opportunities.
Studying abroad in Canada is a great chance to build up a future successful career. While you may be planning to work throughout your study programme, you should especially consider the employment prospects after graduation and how to make the right study choice.
Canada rules statistics in terms of student employment, job application, and the application process related to it. Some students might be considering working during the study programme and on holidays in order to catch a closer glimpse of the local industries or to support themselves financially. But there is a difference between temporary jobs and the pursuit of a career, especially when studying a Master's in Canada.
It may be a bit demanding to find a stable job in Canada immediately after graduation, but this is why you should consider starting the search early, as well as choosing your degree field after consulting the job market. By researching ahead of time, you will see that there are differences between salaries in the cities/provinces of Canada. The annual average, however, is pretty lucrative overall if you aim for the most sought-after fields and careers.
Subjects with highest graduate starting salaries in Canada
After graduation, students in Canada begin their job hunting and a high percentage of them get employed locally. But this situation especially favours certain fields. Below you will find a study made by CTV News that shows the employment rate in Canada by field of study.
- Dentistry degrees: 100%
- Medicine degrees: 99%
- Nursing degrees: 97.4%
- Pharmacy degrees: 97.2%
- Computer Sciences degrees: 96.5%
- Business degrees: 94.9%
Most popular jobs in Canada for Master's graduates
The best and most popular jobs in Canada were revealed in a study made by Canadian Business. The publication ranked the jobs by the growth of position openings over time, the average salary based on a 40-hours working week, changes in the last five years and a projected demand for 2022.
While many of the best paying and most searched jobs have a high employment demand, others have developed constantly and the offer matches the requests.
Here are some of the highest paying jobs in Canada, with estimated annual salaries.
- Mining and forestry manager: 108,000 CAD/year
- Oil and gas drilling supervisor: 79,000 CAD/year
- Air traffic controller: 87,000 CAD/year
- Statistician and actuaries: 89,000 CAD/year
- Engineering manager: 94,000 CAD/year
- Public administration director: 99,000 CAD/year
- Power systems operator: 84,000 CAD/year
- Health & community service manager: 100,000 CAD/year
- Mapping technologist: 68,000 CAD/year
- Senior business manager: 97,000 CAD/year
Highest paying jobs in Canada
Also, the highest paying jobs in Canada by field of study are available. The amounts are calculated on a yearly basis.
- Dentistry: 99,706 CAD/year
- Pharmacy: 91,031 CAD/year
- Veterinary medicine: 73,974 CAD/year
- Law: 72,981 CAD/year
- Medicine: 65,333 CAD/year
- Therapy & rehab: 65,000 CAD/year
- Engineering: 63,564 CAD/year
- Computer sciences: 63,462 CAD/year
- Nursing: 62,248 CAD/year
Canadian Universities with the highest employability
- Concordia University Montréal (35,749 - 91,979 CAD)
- University of British Columbia (36,387 - 103,078 CAD)
- University of Toronto (35,966 - 103,871 CAD)
- University of Waterloo (43,859 - 126,783 CAD)
The work environment in Canada
Here are the main 3 positive aspects you can expect from working in Canada:
Collaboration and integration
Canada has a warm working culture and this is one of the reasons why networking is important for both locals and international graduates. The interest you show and the size of your network reveal that you’ve managed to become suitably employed after graduation.
Fair work hours
The standard work week in Canada is Monday – Friday, 09 – 05 PM, like in many countries. When you enter a company, you should ask for all the details, including dress code and insights on the team you will be working in, because collaboration between colleagues is cherished. Managers usually treat employees equally and feedback from them is always welcomed. Punctuality is also highly appreciated, so you are recommended to stick to the given schedule.
Communication is key
Managers strongly care about the work atmosphere, so it is important to always have a positive attitude towards your colleagues, your boss and your tasks. Communication also deals with information, so if you are not totally satisfied with an answer or you don’t understand a piece of information fully, you are advised to ask.
Do I need a work visa for Canada?
After you finish your degree course in Canada as an international student, you are allowed to work for a period that sums up the length of your programme, but not more than three years. You must apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Programme (PGWPP) within 90 days from when you receive the written confirmation that you completed and passed your academic degree course.
In order to be eligible to apply for the PGWPP, you must have graduated from:
- A public higher education institution or
- A private higher education institution that follows the rules of public schools or
- A private higher education institution that has qualification programmes of 900 hours or more and leads to a “diplôme d’études professionnelles” (DEP) or an “attestation de spécialisation professionnelle” (ASP) or
- A private institution that offers degrees authorised by the Canadian province in which it is located