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Best course /degree for highest paying salary/profession

[OP]
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Best course /degree for highest paying salary/profession

I am planning to go to college.
Will prefer anything, I mean anything, from biz to medical to engineering, doesn't matter as long as it gets the highest salary 80000$ pa at least.
Plz advice any course /degree.
Will like to hear about short term courses with very high salary, first.
Of course dont mind doing long courses as long as the salary is very high too.

Plz provide facts & numbers instead of opinions.
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Jul 31, 2017
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Picking a career based solely on salary is stupid.

And short-term courses aren't likely to get you that kind of salary.

Finally, you won't be making that kind of money right off the bat, you will have to work your way up to that kind of salary.

You have your priorities all wrong here, choose a career that interests you and take the program (university or college) that will get you into that career. Also consider the trades.
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I agree with the above... The question is not terribly useful in determining what to study.

You could take the realtor courses. Fairly short. And you can make as much money as you like, if you have the right skills/aptitude/luck. Or you could crash and burn and never get a commission.

Trades... Find one that lets you work OT, and away you go.

Business classes... And start your own business.

Medical (nursing, diagnostic imaging, etc) can pay very well.

None of that matters if you don't have an interest in the work.

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With due respect, I do know about passion & love & agree 100% with SkynyrdsInyrds but lets keep it for discussion another day because I dont want to explain the reasoning behind my motive.

CNeufeld can you plz elaborate on options avaiable for --- Medical (nursing, diagnostic imaging, etc) can pay very well.
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MissingHoursInPaystub wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 3:11 pm
With due respect, I do know about passion & love & agree 100% with SkynyrdsInyrds but lets keep it for discussion another day because I dont want to explain the reasoning behind my motive.

CNeufeld can you plz elaborate on options avaiable for --- Medical (nursing, diagnostic imaging, etc) can pay very well.
If you want to go to school, learn to research. 30 seconds of googling turns up this:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/public-sect ... -employees

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MissingHoursInPaystub wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 4:26 pm
WoWFace Screaming In Fear

Thanks a lot ... CNeufeld

Btw please feel free to share more links like the above
Sigh. You're not getting into careers on the sunshine list without a degree and without working your way up from entry level in those respective professions. Bad example. Look, I'm not sure if you're trolling or not, but you're asking for an easy way to an income that puts you in the top 15% of all Canadians in annual income. The median income in Canada is 35k approximate. Think about this for a second. If it were that easy to make 80k+, then everyone would do it. Heard of the glass ceiling? Google it.

You want to have an easier time making 80k? Get a degree and drive the TTC. Go into skilled trades like plumbing, carpentry, drywall, construction. No piece of paper from college is going to net you that kind of income without some grinding and hustling. You want to make lawyer, pharmacist, and optometrist salaries? Then what do you have to show for it? How are you so special?

Look, I'm a lawyer. I know a lot of lawyers who aren't making 80k and would be happy with that salary. You sitting there talking about going to college and making 80k from a "short course" or 2 year diploma makes me cringe and roll my eyes. It is certainly possible in some select fields, but not at the entry level, and not in most professions you enter into out of college. At the end of the day, you are facing an uphill battle because you:

a) don't have a degree
b) have a diploma that thousands of other people have, yet think you're a special snowflake that deserves a high paying job with little effort and hustle
c) have little to no relevant work experience

My advice? Go into skilled trades and work hard if you want to make that kind of money early on, and don't have the academics to succeed in university and are not an entrepreneur. Otherwise, be happy with anything that makes you 40-60k and face the glass ceiling early on - live within your means and don't overreach if you just don't have the capacity to do so. This is the truth.

A 100k+ annual salary puts you in the top 10% of all Canadians in annual earning income. The majority of people making this kind of money are - specialist physicians/family doctors, lawyers/judges, dentists, and senior managers in business; finance; engineering; construction; transportation, etc. Most of them are certainly not there out of a "short course" or 2 year college program.

Welcome, kid, to the real world.
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Eragon wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 8:32 pm
Look, I'm not sure if you're trolling or not, but you're asking for an easy way to an income that puts you in the top 15% of all Canadians in annual income. The median income in Canada is 35k approximate. Think about this for a second. If it were that easy to make 80k+, then everyone would do it. Heard of the glass ceiling? Google it.
Welcome, kid, to the real world.
May you tell me more about the experience about the glass ceiling that you have heard?
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cybercavalier wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 9:06 pm
May you tell me more about the experience about the glass ceiling that you have heard?
A glass ceiling is a metaphor used to represent an invisible barrier that keeps a given demographic (typically applied to minorities) from rising beyond a certain level in a hierarchy. With respect to the job market, a ceiling exists for many professions, which is usually the maximum amount of money "most people" would ever make in that respective profession. For example, a recent engineering graduate may come out of school making anywhere between 50-60k, and with experience and time move their way up to 80-90k. An engineering manager may eventually make 100-110k, but then the potential for a higher salary after this point is slim - no matter how long you keep working in that field. This is typically referred to as the ceiling in that profession.

While a college graduate may come out of school and make 60k, which is higher than what a lot of university graduates make, eventually the university graduate will pass the college graduate in most cases due to the ceiling the college graduate will experience; they don't have the credentials to surpass university graduates in general.
[OP]
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Eragon I hope you can answer few more questions:

You mentioned It is certainly possible in some select fields.
Q.1.What are those select fields ?

Q.2.Apart from specialist physicians/family doctors, lawyers/judges, dentists, and senior managers, what other professions make that kind of money?

You also mentioned My advice? Go into skilled trades
Q.3.Now what would those skilled trades be ?
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Don't follow the money. Find what you like to do and then plan a path to make money from it. Trust me, the money will not cure your misery if you hate your job.
[OP]
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cybercavalier wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 10:30 pm
To OP, do the RFDers know you about your situation enough to help you? Are you about to graduate from high school? Are you internationally trained? Are a matured student who struggles in life at the moment but desires to change for the better?
Like I said earlier - Will prefer anything. So it does not matter. Nothing matters - age, background, education etc.
Will start from scratch.
If a certain profession pays 80K+ then I will study & go for that degree.
For example if dentist has higher glass ceiling & makes more money than pharmacist then I will rather spend my money & study dentist course/degree.
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MissingHoursInPaystub wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 10:45 pm
Like I said earlier - Will prefer anything. So it does not matter. Nothing matters - age, background, education etc.
Will start from scratch.
If a certain profession pays 80K+ then I will study & go for that degree.
For example if dentist has higher glass ceiling & makes more money than pharmacist then I will rather spend my money & study dentist course/degree.
OP just a warning... a lot of the high paying fields, doctor, lawyer, dentist require you to do multiple degrees AND be at the top of those degrees. Ex near perfect GPA in undergrad, ++ meaningful volunteer and leadership activities (helps if you save the world... joking but also not), acing the MCAT, killer med school interview to get into a med school in Canada. If you don't care about medicine or dentistry (I won't speak on the other professions as I'm not familiar with law) it WILL show in your interview and you won't get in. It's a large gamble for something that won't guarantee you get into these professions (see the entrance rates for these professional schools).
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[OP]
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SignedA wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 11:30 pm
OP just a warning... a lot of the high paying fields, doctor, lawyer, dentist require you to do multiple degrees AND be at the top of those degrees. Ex near perfect GPA in undergrad, ++ meaningful volunteer and leadership activities (helps if you save the world... joking but also not), acing the MCAT, killer med school interview to get into a med school in Canada. If you don't care about medicine or dentistry (I won't speak on the other professions as I'm not familiar with law) it WILL show in your interview and you won't get in. It's a large gamble for something that won't guarantee you get into these professions (see the entrance rates for these professional schools).
Thanks a lot for the warning. Thats why I asked this question in the forum so that I can hear different perspectives & I will take all inputs to improvise my career path.
Btw is MCAT mandatory . I may be wrong but I think McMaster University, University of Ottawa dont ask for MCAT.
https://uwaterloo.ca/biomedical-science ... quirements

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