Post-secondary Education Levels Increase
Jun 26, 2013
The number of Canadians with a university degree has grown slightly since 2006 compared to the latest data, according to Statistics Canada.
About 82% of university graduates are employed, compared to about 56% for those who had no certificate, diploma or degree, according to Statistics Canada.
When college and other post-secondary education levels are considered, almost 33% of the Canadian population ages 25-64 had completed a post-secondary program in 2011 — about 11.8 million people — the highest rate among OECD countries.
Statistics suggest that not only have women closed the gender gap with men in completing post-secondary education, they are now graduating at higher rates than their male counterparts.
According to the National Household Survey, almost 65% of women ages 25-64 hold a post-secondary education, compared to 63.4% of men. Men and women are enrolling in post-secondary education at higher rates, but women are doing this at a faster pace than men.
Business was the top field of study for students, with more than one in five post-secondary students selecting business, management, marketing or related fields as their major.
In the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science —immigrants accounted for half of all degree holders. About 20 per cent of the population had a degree in a STEM field, according to Statistics Canada, and made up about one-quarter of all fields of study at university.