Infographic: Labour market outcomes for college and university graduates, 2010 to 2014

Release date: December 4, 2018
Labour market outcomes for college and university graduates, 2010 to 2014
Labour market outcomes for college and university graduates, 2010 to 2014

Labour market outcomes for college and university graduates, 2010 to 2014

By integrating Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS) data with other administrative data on earnings, Statistics Canada is able to derive medianFootnote 1 employment incomes for graduates of Canadian public postsecondary institutions and follow the earnings over time.

208,765 postsecondary graduates, aged 15 to 34, entered the Canadian labour market from the 2014 graduate cohort.

Postsecondary graduates, aged 15 to 34, from the 2014 graduates
  Total Percentage
Graduates who entered the labour market 208,765 66%
Graduates who returned to school full-time 62,565 20%
Graduates with no income information 43,725 14%

The two fields of study with the highest median employment income for the 2014 graduates, two years after graduation

  • College-level diploma
    1. Architecture, engineering, and related technologies: $47,600
    2. Health and related fields: $44,900
  • Undergraduate degree
    1. Architecture, engineering, and related technologies: $60,000
    2. Health and related fields: $44,900
  • Master's degree
    1. Business, management and public administration: $67,200
    2. Health and related fields: $62,700

Median employment income for graduates with an undergraduate degree in:

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences): $49,700
  • BHASEFootnote 2 (non-STEM fields): $41,500

2014 graduates, two years after graduation

2011 longitudinalFootnote 3 cohort, median employment income growth by educational qualification, two and five years after graduation
Educational qualification Median employment income
two years after graduation
Median employment income
five years after graduation
Percent increase over three years
College-level certificate $34,700 $38,500 11%
College-level diploma $40,200 $43,900 9%
Undergraduate degree $46,000 $54,900 19%
Master's degree $60,800 $69,100 14%
Doctoral degree $59,100 $74,700 26%
Professional degreeFootnote 4 $82,300 $94,000 14%

Source: Statistics Canada. Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS), 2009/2010 to 2014/2015 and T1 Family File (T1FF), 2012 to 2016.

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