According to the most recent national census, Canadians graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, nursing or other technology and health care discipline are very likely to get a high paying job in their fields.

Statistics Canada found that 85 per cent of young individuals between the ages of 25 and 34 with Canadian bachelor’s degrees in surveying and geological engineering ended up employed in those fields after graduation. They were making a median salary of $77, 627, with women making 96 per cent of what men made.

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Likewise, 95 per cent of young individuals in the same age group with Canadian bachelor’s degrees in nursing were employed in some health-related profession after graduation. The high percentage is an indicator of the high demand for health care workers amid the growing aged population. Nurses were earning a median salary of $75,245, with women making $96.6 per cent of what men made.

The only fields in which men earned less than women were optometry, chiropractic medicine, library archiving and security work.

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Statistics Canada excluded fields such as law and pharmacy because those usually require post-grad studies in order to land decent jobs. As for the Arts and Humanities, it was a bit of a mixed bag - those with education degrees were very likely to end up in teaching positions, whereas those with business degrees were only 66 per cent likely to work in business, management, sales or manufacturing.

Arts and humanities graduates aged 25 to 34 only earned a median salary of $42,119 and $47,586 respectively, which means the average arts graduate makes approximately $35,000 less than a typical engineer starting off.

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