A college degree is helpful if you’re looking to pursue a specific career path in a certain field. Interestingly, not all well-paying jobs require a college degree or a diploma. These include some in-demand jobs in Canada.
Here is a list of jobs in Canada that don’t require a college degree. *Note that the demand for these jobs differs between Canadian provinces.
#1. Web Developer
According to the Financial Post, there will be a massive spike in the demand for web developers in the next ten years. Web development and design are some of the few jobs that weren’t affected by the pandemic owing to the continuous and increasing use of technology and the demand for web developers in every sector. And in many cases, this path can lead you to entrepreneurship and starting your own business. Or you can simply do it as a freelancer and build your portfolio of clients.
In some provinces like Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Alberta, you’ll be granted express entry and offered permanent residence under economic programs on federal and provincial levels.
Average Salary: $32,000 to $75,000.
To work as a firefighter in Canada, all you need is a high school diploma, a certification in first-aid and CPR from a healthcare provider, a valid driver’s license, and a work permit.
You’ll also need to pass a fitness assessment that includes a vision test. Remember that your shifts won’t be predictable and you’ll be required to attend to emergencies at any given time. Express entry for firefighters is granted in almost all Canadian provinces.
Average Salary: $38,000 to $101,000.
#3. Long-Haul Truck Driver
This job entails driving trucks over long distances. You’ll need a high school diploma and a non-probationary license with no suspensions to be eligible for a Class “C” license.
While escaping the city commute can be a relief, the job can be exhausting. However, there are a huge number of job openings in the field due to locals unwilling to apply so you can get this job quite easily.
*Being an Uber driver can also get you in the same salary range if you decide to do it full time and especially if you live in a big city like Toronto.
Salary range: $31,000 to $75,000 (up to $145,000 if you’re an owner operator)
#4. Real Estate Agent
Depending on the province you’re interested in relocating to, you’ll need a high school diploma, valid certification, and you’ll have to pass a Real Estate College Admissions Test.
The housing market in Canada is relatively healthy owing to the current generation’s preference for living in residences they personally own.
Average Salary: $25,000 to $178,000
#5. Construction Manager
After getting your high school diploma, you’ll need to have at least two years of experience in construction. You can apply as a construction manager after being certified by a trade certification board. The job entails overseeing the operations of construction projects.
Construction managers are in high demand in several Canadian provinces and can gain entry quite easily through express entry.
Average Salary: $55,000 to $170,000
Surprisingly, you don’t need a college degree to apply for a pilot’s license.
After completing training and the mandatory hours of flight experience, you’re free to work as you please. While the job is well-paid, it requires a high level of focus and attention to detail.
You can choose to get a license as a commercial pilot or a private pilot.
Average Salary: $60,000 to $120,000
These jobs can help you make a smooth transition into Canada while allowing you to earn a decent living. Even if you aren’t a citizen or a college graduate, you can gain leeway as an immigrant by applying for skilled worker positions such as these.