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Canada’s Education Sector: What Jobs are Out There?

There are many students currently enrolled in the Education sector field in Canada. And this rising number of students results in constant fear and worry about job availability. However, there are a number of jobs for you to pursue in the education sector that falls under unique, in-demand or high paying jobs. Learn more about these different education sector jobs below.

Also, it’s worth checking out our articles featuring in-demand jobs in the businesshealthcaretechnology and green sectors.

High-demand Jobs

There are currently two high-demand jobs in the education sector. Each of which differs greatly from one another in terms of requirements and wage.

1. College and Vocational Instructors

Due to the rising retirement rates of instructors, the demand for this job is very high. College and vocational instructors teach at Education institutes that provide academic, technical, and vocational programs. You could teach different programs depending on your specific field of study. Although the education level and experience required for the job tends to vary, the minimum degree requirements are often a master’s degree. Instructor jobs are more in demand in provinces such as British Columbia, Quebec, Yukon and Northwest Territories. However, this high demand within the provinces doesn’t necessarily mean a high wage. If you are curious, the Instructors’ wage is the highest in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Alberta. On average vocational and college instructors get paid $36.66 an hr in Canada.

2. Special Education Teacher

There is a growing need for special education teachers in Canada. As the name suggests, special education teachers educate students with special needs. Although this is known as a very challenging job, most special education teachers find it highly rewarding. On average Special Education Teacher salary in Canada is $59,785 per year ($30.66 per hour). Typically, entry-level positions start at $31,688 per year while most experienced workers make up to $82,997 per year.

High Paying Jobs

Students tend to worry about the wage of the jobs in the education field. But fear not as there are a number of high paying jobs in the education field. Two of which include working as a University CEO or an Academic Dean.

1. University CEO

Believe it or not, you can get a job as a Chief Executive Officer of Universities with an education degree. Although getting a job as a University CEO is not easy and requires lots of experience and at least a master’s degree,  the wage is known to be very high. Similar to all CEOs, University CEOs’ tasks include making major corporate decisions, managing the school’s overall resources and operations, and communicate with the board of directors, management team, and corporate operations. On average University CEOs make $151,000 per year however the CEOs of large universities can make up to a $1 million per year!

2. Academic Dean

An Academic Dean is a higher education administrator that works on behalf of the students and staff. They aim to create a functional campus environment. If you are looking for a job as a dean, you are will need to work at colleges and universities as teachers or in lower-level administrative positions first. The average wage for a Dean is $189,918 per year in Canada.

Unique Jobs

Many jobs in the Education field often go undiscovered. For instance, students don’t often know jobs such as curriculum developer, Media specialist, and Training Coordinators even exist. These careers often combine different aspects which students enjoy in education together, thus making them a good fit for many.

1. Curriculum Developer

Have you ever wondered who comes up with all the harsh curricula in schools? That’s often the job of Curriculum Developers. In order to get a job as a curriculum developer, you will need at least a master’s degree, and some teaching experience. Furthermore, you will be responsible for developing, testing and implementing curriculum materials of courses and programs in higher education institutes.

2. Media Specialist

The main task of media specialists is to manage the school’s technology resources such as computers, multimedia materials, and audiovisual equipment. Other responsibilities of Media specialists include looking after the school equipment and decide whether any of them need an upgrade, training staff on equipment use, and setting up new equipment. On average, media specialists make $64,268 per year or $32.96 per hour in Canada. Furthermore, entry-level positions start at $50,051 per year while with more experience you can make up to $80,000 per year.

3.Training and Development Coordinators

Training and development coordinators plan, direct and coordinate instructor training programs to enhance knowledge, add new tech and explain new policies. What makes this job so unique is not dealing with any students. You will be indirectly dealing with students by helping teachers better educate them! What’s more, you will be paid $51,467 per year on average if you work in Canada.

The fear of not finding a job after graduation is very common among college students. If you are studying in the education field this fear is even more relevant. In addition, students tend to think typical teaching positions in schools are the only path in the education sector, which is not true. There are more unique jobs out for you than you can imagine. The above jobs only scratch the surface of education careers so be sure to check out all the future career options available to you at your school and on job hunting websites (such as indeed) for further help.

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