10 Jobs in Canada That Don’t Require Post-Secondary Education

Are you searching for a well-paying job in Canada but lack a college or university degree or diploma? There are lots of jobs in Canada that do not require a college or university degree.

The Express Entry focuses more on skilled workers requiring some form of secondary education whether a diploma, degree, or certificate in some cases. However, there are jobs in Canada that pay relatively well and do not require tertiary education. These are generally classified as a Skill level C by the NOC (National Occupational Classification).

Some of these jobs are eligible for certain provincial nominee programs so there’s a possibility you could still get a permanent residence after working in them for a year. There are also some Skill level B jobs that also don’t require tertiary education but do require some form of apprenticeship or certification.

That’s right, you can still make a decent living in Canada without a post-secondary education with these jobs.

10 Jobs in Canada That Don’t Require Post-Secondary Education

We have put together the average salaries using payscale.com, however, the average salary is more U.S based because it also has figures for Canada.

1. Transit Driver 

Salary range: $31,968 – $72,264

Requirements: Different regions vary, but typically all one needs is a high school diploma, non-probationary driver’s license that’s in good standing with no suspensions and can meet all the standards for a Class “C” license. But, hey, at least you won’t have to tackle these commutes.


2. Web Developer

Salary range: $32,700 – $75,114

Requirements: Many designers and developers have a gift, so while some companies might require a degree, others will want to see your talent and how good you actually are. 

3. Construction Manager

Salary range: $55,164 – $162,078

Requirements: While a bachelor’s degree is required by some companies, many only want an on-the-job experience for keeping everything on the up and up on the operations level of a construction project.

4. Land Surveyor

Salary range: $38,075 – $108,568

Requirements: Entry-level jobs start decently, but once you get your professional license, you can average about $65K annually. With time, however, a six-figure income could be yours.


5. Realtor

Salary range: $25,434 – $178,000

Requirements: As with any job in sales, you need to be plucky as hell, but a lot can also depend on the housing market itself. That being said, to become a realtor, you simply need a high school diploma, a real estate training course, and a license to sell but with millennials opting to live in expensive cities, you’ll be just fine.

6. Garbage Truck Driver

Salary range: $31,779 – $61,264

Requirements: Most companies look for drivers with a DZ license and good communication skills, and your hourly rate ($15.24 – $25.06) depends on experience.


7.Court Reporter

Salary range: $42,484 – $77,068

Requirements: A degree isn’t required but a two-year court-reporting program, at one of two schools in Canada — one in Toronto, the other in Alberta — is. And the requirements are no joke: you need to be able to type at a speed of at least 225 words per minute with near-perfect accuracy. On a steno machine.

8. Plumber

Salary range: $33,308 – $86,932

Requirements: A high school diploma plus a four-to-five-year apprenticeship is typically required. Most provinces require trade certification, but Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories don’t. But, hey, every little bit helps.

9. Firefighter

Salary range: $38,388 – $100,688

Requirements: A high school diploma and a certification in first aid and CPR (at a healthcare provider level) are needed, along with no criminal history, have an excellent grasp of the English language, and the ability to communicate clearly in high-pressure situations. You also have to be OK with it being one of the worst jobs for your health. The shifts are long but rotate, and include nights, weekends, and holidays.

10. Welder

Salary range: $33,877 – $85,602

Requirements: A high school diploma, certification if the company calls for it. Jobs in this field at this level always seem to be in short supply, making welders one of the highest paying in-demand jobs in Canada, and they’re typically located in Western Canada or the Territories so if you’re not there, prepare to move.

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