The evidence is clear that you’re better off having a university degree than not, but academia isn’t for everybody, and if you’re not the bookish kind, you can still find reasonably well paid employment out there.
Job-search site Workopolis has put together a survey of high-paying jobs that don’t require a degree, and it turns out there are still quite a few of them.
Many of the highest-paying non-degree jobs these days have to do with two of Canada’s economic strong points: The oil boom (now over) and the housing construction boom.
Welders, pipe fitters, construction workers and realtors are among the job classifications benefitting from Canada’s oil-and-houses economy. But beware — the oil price collapse is threatening employment levels in Western Canada, and the housing boom is down to just two provinces.
Another area where you can find work without a degree is driving — truck drivers and public transit drivers are among the most in-demand jobs, Workopolis reports.
However, in the long run driving may not be all it’s cracked up to be as a career. As those who follow Uber and Google’s driverless car experiment are aware, driving jobs are changing, and are among the likeliest to be automated in the coming years.
But that is still years away, and for now, human truck drivers can earn some $42,000 a year, typically, on Canada's roads.
Here are the some of the highest-paying jobs that don’t require a degree:
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Welders, pipe fitters, electricians...Getty
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