Students chasing low-paying jobs

University students aren’t following the money

Twice as many students enrolled in non financially lucrative fields.


With the exception of commerce programs, the last decade hasn’t seen a meaningful influx of students into undergraduate degrees that lead to high-paying jobs. Despite earning premiums of 117% in engineering and 74% in health programs, twice as many students enrolled in less financially lucrative fields. As a result, Canada has a glut of post-secondary graduates who aren’t meeting the demands of the job market.


Source: Statistics Canada, CIBC *premium relative to high school graduates