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Best course /degree for highest paying salary/profession

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Brown Thug wrote:
Jun 16th, 2018 4:51 pm
I think we can all agree that there are people in every field who make 80k+ quite easily or quickly, including sales, business, administration, etc. But if we are going to just look at the AVERAGE SALARIES within any field, then this is higher for professional fields like law, dentistry, and medicine. In business and sales, you will have people making 30-60k and you will have people making 80-150k. It is really a wide range, I would argue that the people who got into the higher range would have done so regardless of their education. I know a high school dropout making 100k+ in business now. You don't need a degree or diploma to succeed in this field.

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This is quite true.

I know people who have great degrees and some who do not. In the end, for the most part, the ones who move up and make money are the ones who were going to anyways just because they have the ability to get there.

There are reasons why tons of people working at head office banks have the same degree/education but the obvious ones are the ones who move up and the ones will stay in the same role making less.
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Old thread and OP got banned I know, but thought I'd share in case this benefits anyone.

If you're singularly focused on earning a high salary in the shortest amount of time possible, I suggest looking to our southern neighbors for opportunities. I say this with the caveat that you'll still need to be in at least the top 20% to even have a shot, but if you've made it that far, might as well see what the US has to offer rather than compete locally for non-existent positions. This mostly applies if you have a science degree and actually want to make a career out of it, rather than using it as a stepping stone to something better.

To give some actual numbers, when I finished my MSc in chemistry in 2012, I was offered a job at a local company with a starting salary of 50K with nothing else, while the US one offered me 60K + 5K signing bonus + 220 units of restricted stock (worth about 8K in 2012). All the more impressive when you consider that particular US company has a reputation of being "lean and cheap".
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Imho nothing wrong with the OP’s question. I asked the same thing at your age and had the marks to pursue the answer I was given. No need for personal attacks noted in this thread. My only advice OP is that you will likely find in the future that you wish you pursued something you are passionate about. Because if you do something you enjoy, you will have a much happier life. It’s hard to drag yourself to a job day day in day out that you might think is boring for example. Follow your dreams and because you love it you’ll end up making good money anyway. So ask yourself what would be your dream career and then figure out how you can do it.
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MissingHoursInPaystub wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 12:01 pm
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.
Use this or any similar one. The numbers are averages so take them with a grain of salt but it gives reasonable guidance on salary but more importantly what's involved in the job, future prospects, and how to get into the career.
https://alis.alberta.ca/

Probably better advise would be to read some or all of these books.
https://www.inc.com/business-insider/18 ... uffet.html
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A degree in math (passing the step exam) and/or applied physics will prove your determination and your smarts. I have a soft spot with anyone with masters in actuarial science.
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I’m surprised pretty much the only industry with the real chance of someone being able to earn 80k+ without an advanced degree hasn’t been mentioned.

If money is all that matters and your aren’t bothered about what then Oil and Gas. Head up to Fort Mcmurray and get a trucking job or one of the other options and be on six figures pretty quite possibly straight away.

If you’re looking for a degree based option then an earth science/geology degree or an engineering degree (and ideally a postgrad), then 80k is pretty standard for someone with a couple of years in industry. Average salary for someone experienced is regularly 200k+, managers will make more than that, if you want to get into management rather than the senior technical side of things (which is just as well paid.

Obviously it’s extremely competitive, as all high paying jobs are, but it’s just about the highest paid industry in the country and those without a degree can pretty much earn the same amount as those with a degree if they so wish.
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Eragon wrote:
Jun 14th, 2018 8:32 pm
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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Not going to reveal entirely. But one or more of the Michener programs gives guaranteed over $100,000 starting salary.
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dbzkid777 wrote:
Dec 9th, 2018 4:52 pm
Not going to reveal entirely. But one or more of the Michener programs gives guaranteed over $100,000 starting salary.
Not going to reveal? Then why bother mentioning it?
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SkynyrdsInyrds wrote:
Dec 10th, 2018 12:33 am
Not going to reveal? Then why bother mentioning it?
The guaranteed over 100k starting salary is obvious BS, but some Michener programs such as Cardiovascular Perfusion do have high paying jobs. Only problem is the very limited demand in the job market.
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Symbol87 wrote:
Dec 12th, 2018 11:17 pm
The guaranteed over 100k starting salary is obvious BS, but some Michener programs such as Cardiovascular Perfusion do have high paying jobs. Only problem is the very limited demand in the job market.
They're probably referring to CP. With the signing bonus and over time you would be well over 100k. Also as of last year when I checked CP program only graduates enough students as the job market demands (ie if there's a need of 5 they only enrol 5 students)
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Well, dentists can earn $150,000-200,000 in their first year out of school without too much of a hassle, but be aware, it's very competitive to get in, requires 8 years of schooling, and most programs are quite expensive (especially in the US).
Doing a dental specialty (which most people don't even know is a thing: think orthodontist, endodontist, periodontist, oral surgeons...) for an additional 3 years of schooling (again, more competition, more time and more tuition...) will grant you an easy $300,000 a year. I know several dental specialists who earn well, WELL above the $4-500,000 mark, and some earn over a million a year.

Medicine is quite similar, but is much more brutal. Unless you look to go to family medicine, you are NOT working a 8-4pm M-F job. You will almost certainly be on call, etc. And while most people would believe that medicine is an amazing career (which it is), it isn't a lucrative as you may imagine. A family physician would be hard pressed to make over $200-250,000 a year. That's max (generally speaking, some earn much less). And now imagine, seeing people come in with runny noses, and coughs, asking for an antibiotic. Multiply that by 10-20 A DAY. It would drive a person insane.
Now medical specialists are another ball of wax. Depending on the specialty, they can earn well into high 6 figures, and some (ophthalmology is the highest paying and incredibly difficult to MATCH with...) can earn over the million mark. But why not? Being the top 0.1% in the world to get into a program, after 12-14 years of schooling, they deserve it.
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TheKiwiCornelius wrote:
Dec 14th, 2018 7:48 pm
Well, dentists can earn $150,000-200,000 in their first year out of school without too much of a hassle, but be aware, it's very competitive to get in, requires 8 years of schooling, and most programs are quite expensive (especially in the US).
Doing a dental specialty (which most people don't even know is a thing: think orthodontist, endodontist, periodontist, oral surgeons...) for an additional 3 years of schooling (again, more competition, more time and more tuition...) will grant you an easy $300,000 a year. I know several dental specialists who earn well, WELL above the $4-500,000 mark, and some earn over a million a year.

Medicine is quite similar, but is much more brutal. Unless you look to go to family medicine, you are NOT working a 8-4pm M-F job. You will almost certainly be on call, etc. And while most people would believe that medicine is an amazing career (which it is), it isn't a lucrative as you may imagine. A family physician would be hard pressed to make over $200-250,000 a year. That's max (generally speaking, some earn much less). And now imagine, seeing people come in with runny noses, and coughs, asking for an antibiotic. Multiply that by 10-20 A DAY. It would drive a person insane.
Now medical specialists are another ball of wax. Depending on the specialty, they can earn well into high 6 figures, and some (ophthalmology is the highest paying and incredibly difficult to MATCH with...) can earn over the million mark. But why not? Being the top 0.1% in the world to get into a program, after 12-14 years of schooling, they deserve it.
I call BS on dentists or ophthalmologists earning a million. That is a complete load of shite.
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SkynyrdsInyrds wrote:
Dec 16th, 2018 11:59 am
I call BS on dentists or ophthalmologists earning a million. That is a complete load of shite.
I believe ophthalmologists easily could. I went to see one the other day and the 2 doctors at the clinic must be in their 70s and yet still working. One was able to see 5 patients in 20 minutes span, I was given a couple of eyedrops and waiting in the hall, I saw another patient in the dark room doing something with the computer, another patient was in another room with some computer, one more in the hall way and one in the room he was examining. Multiply that number of patients with number of 20-minutes he can see in a day, plus all the surgeries and they can easily make > million.

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