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The level of education you have can broaden or limit your career options. Your educational attainment can effect:

  • Whether you can find employment
  • The types careers available to you
  • The chances of finding a job you enjoy
  • How much money you earn


One of the biggest perks of a diploma, degree, or trade certification is that these credentials have been proven to guarantee higher income.  In Nova Scotia, individuals who attain some post-secondary education or training earn more.  Education pays!

A bar chart showing median hourly wage by Education Level, 2014.  Data shows no high school = $15.00; some high school = $12.88; High School = $15.00; Some Post-Secondary = $14.00; Post-Secondary Certificate = $19.76; university degree = $27

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, Custom Data (Data)

The chart above shows median wages by education level for both full-time and part-time work.  Nova Scotians without high school had a median hourly wage of $15.00.Those with a college certificate or diploma had a median hourly wage of $19.76 while Nova Scotians with a university degree had a median hourly wage of $27.00.

The percentage of people who work full-time also increases with one’s education level. In 2014, 87% of Nova Scotians with a post-secondary certificate or university degree worked full-time. On the other hand, 81% of those with no high school and 82% of those with a high school education worked full-time.

The proportion of people who worked full-time were much lower for those who had a partial completion of high school (61%)  or partial completion of post-secondary education (67%). This explains the lower median wages ($12.88 for some high school and $14.00 for some post-secondary) for these groups compared to their counterparts who completed high school or post-secondary education. However, when only considering wages from full-time employment, partial completion of a higher education level contributed to a higher median wage.

There is a strong relationship between the level of education a person attains and their chances of finding employment.  Having a good education will help ensure that you get a job you enjoy.

Bar chart showing Employment Rate by Education Level, 2014 ages 25-64 years.  The rates are less than high school = 50.3%; high school = 70%; some post-secondary = 66.9%; post-secondary certificate or diploma = 76.3%; university degree = 82%.

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0004, Accessed May 2014 (Data)

Those with a higher level of education are more likely to be employed in Nova Scotia.  In 2014, 82.0% of Nova Scotians aged 25-64 with a university degree and 76.3% of those with a college diploma were employed. On the other hand, 70% of those with a high-school diploma and only 50.3% of those without a high school diploma were employed.

Post-secondary education/training decisions can be tough.  People usually have a lot of questions when they are starting out and most occupations require further training and education.  There are many ways to get the education and/or training that you will need.  This website will help you get started on your path to post-secondary education.  You can start by visiting the Education/Training options on the left navigation bar to review the types of education/training available.

If you are looking for information on the education and training requirements for specific occupations, check out the Occupation Profile in the Search Job Profiles section.