What Are The Most In-Demand Post-Secondary Programs in Canada?

Are you trying to determine what program you should apply to next year? Here’s a breakdown of Canada’s most popular and in-demand post-secondary education programs to help you out!

Enrollment Statistics

Firstly, 54% of Canadians aged 25-64 have either college or university qualifications. This percentage is up from 48% back in 2006. 

In 2016/2017, 2,051,865 students were enrolled in Canadian colleges and universities (Stats Canada). According to Stats Canada, the highest amount of students enroll in: 

  • Business, Management, and Public Administration 
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences and Law
  • Health and related fields
  • Architecture, Engineering, and other related fields 

Basically, business, management and public administration; humanities; and social and behavioural sciences and law have been the top three programs (based on enrollment) for over a decade (Stats Canada). 

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Based on these 2015-2016 statistics, it’s plain to see the steadiness of students studying Humanities programs, as well as a rise in enrollment for Business, Health, and Engineering programs at Canadian colleges throughout the years. 

In-Demand Programs in Canada

Why are students flocking to these college and university programs in Canada?

Business, Management and Public Administration

It’s a known fact that Business graduates are in high demand worldwide. Business programs and related subjects such as finance, management, accounting, and public administration are among some of the most popular fields of study in Canada. Additionally, business careers are diverse and highly paid. Furthermore, the concept of business touches on a variety of aspects found in modern human society. And these skills are often transferable.  

Social and Behavioural Sciences and Law

Learn how to research, explore, and report on diverse topics revolving around human development. Many of these programs often combine a student’s desire to help others with organization skills, management, and evaluation criteria so they can do so appropriately (Academic Info). Most salaries and careers in this realm of study can vary – they depend on a student’s specialization. However, jobs (in general) that can be pursued within this area of study include (but are not limited to) historians, sociologists, political scientists, counselors, and high-school teachers.

Health and related fields

“Health is where science and politics meet” (College Choice). Most career fields following this area of study tend to combine and consider the relationship between health and culture. Similar to the previous programs listed above, Public Health opportunities are wide-ranging, which means you can discover a career in research or data collection and analysis; nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, mental health, alternative, and natural health are various areas of specialty

Architecture, Engineering, and other related fields

Basically, jobs in engineering are in high demand around the world. With so many types of Engineering degrees available, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing a rise in enrollment. There is a huge range of specializations including architectural, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, biomedical, software, computer, environmental, systems design, and more!  

There are ton of in-demand post-secondary education programs in Canada that offer their own specializations, so you can find the right fit for you! So, keep searching!

Christine Rees

Christine is a teen fiction author (debut novel: The Hidden Legacy) who spends most of her time traveling, writing books and helping others pursue their passion. Christine is also an admitted TV junkie, content creator, inspirational blogger, and animal enthusiast. You can visit her website to learn more www.christinerees.com