The conventional wisdom has been for years that, if you want to get ahead, you need a university degree.

But a new study from job search engine Adzuna challenges that notion, showing that some of the highest-paying jobs in Canada these days don’t necessarily require a degree of any kind.

Some of that has to do with the two hottest sectors of Canada’s economy in recent years -- natural resources and the housing market.

“High salaries for jobs that don't require a degree (e.g. mining and construction workers) suggest that university may not be the best choice for today's young Canadians,” Adzuna stated in its report.

Maybe they should have said for some of today’s young Canadians, because the study did find that, on average, people are still better off with a degree.

“Graduates should expect to earn on average almost $15,000 more than their peers entering the job market without a university degree, a potential deficit of $466,476 over their working lives,” the study found.

Nonetheless, there are a surprisingly large number of relatively well-paying jobs that don’t necessarily require a degree. Here are the highest paying ones, on average, according to Adzuna.

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  • 14: Pilot

    Average salary $44,224.00

  • 13: Farmer

    Average salary: $46,213.00

  • 12: Secretary

    Yes, apparently they still have secretaries. Average salary: $46,369.00

  • 11: Truck Driver

    Average salary: $47,562.00

  • 10: Financial advisor

    Average salary: $52,635.00 *Having some sort of certification in finance or business would likely help in this career, but isn't necessary.

  • 9: Bricklayer

    Average salary: $53,017.00

  • 8: Recruiter

    Average salary: $54,048.00 *Though a degree isn't required, you may be at a disadvantage when searching for work as a recruiter against those with degrees in human resources.

  • 7: Mechanic

    Average salary: $54,279.00

  • 6: Train driver

    Average salary: $56,640.00

  • 5: Human resources manager

    Average salary: $58,033.00 *As with recruiters, you my be at a disadvantage in this field against those with a human resources degree.

  • 4: Electrician

    Average salary: $62,526.00

  • 3: Electrical engineer

    Average salary: $81,349.00 *Adzuna explains: For some electrical engineering jobs, a degree is required, and for others it isn't — there are alternative professional qualifications.

  • 2: Real estate agent

    Average salary: $88,200.00

  • 1: Mining and construction

    Average salary: $93,320.00

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    <strong>WHERE ARE THE GRAD JOBS?</strong>

  • Energy / oil and gas - 1,906 jobs

    Number of jobs available at time of Adzuna survey

  • Information technology - 2,559

    Number of jobs available at time of Adzuna survey

  • Consultancy - 3,434

    Number of jobs available at time of Adzuna survey

  • Sales - 3,638

    Number of jobs available at time of Adzuna survey

  • Engineering (best)- 4,968

    Number of jobs available at time of Adzuna survey

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    BEST-PAYING DEGREE SUBJECTS

  • Mechanical engineering - $68,075

    Source: Adzuna

  • Engineering (overall) - $67,036

    Source: Adzuna

  • Electrical engineering - $67,712

    Source: Adzuna

  • Software engineering - $67,274

    Source: Adzuna

  • Civil engineering (best) - $68,356

    Source: Adzuna

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    WORST-PAYING GRAD JOBS BY SECTOR

  • PR, advertising and marketing - $42,209

    Source: Adzuna

  • Social work - $42,204

    Source: Adzuna

  • Human resources and recruitment - $42,195

    Source: Adzuna

  • Sales - $41,463

    Source: Adzuna

  • Creative & design (worst) - $36,805

    Source: Adzuna

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    REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF GRADUATE JOBS

  • Manitoba - 28 grads per job

    Average starting salary: $45,650.

  • British Columbia - 20 grads per job

    Average starting salary: $45,450.

  • Saskatchewan - 15.8 grads per job

    Average starting salary: $59,059.

  • Newfoundland - 13.9 grads per job

    Average starting salary: $52,620.

  • Prince Edward Island - 10.6 grads per job

    Average starting salary: $36,776.

  • Alberta - 9.4 grads per job

    Average starting salary: $59,957