You only need to look at the educational qualifications of a thousand service workers to know that a university degree does not guarantee you a high-paying job. However, just having a high school diploma isn’t always enough either. So what should you do if you want a good job but don’t want to end up using your hard-earned (and expensive) degree to ask diners how they would like their steak? The answer may be to give a career in trades and trade schools a try.
There are plenty of great courses that you can do or you can opt for an apprenticeship to gain practical experience. And, while many trades jobs are still dominated by men, women aren’t relegated to background anymore. Here are some examples of great jobs for women in trades.
Makeup artist (Average annual salary: $40,097)
Dental hygienist (Average annual salary: $72,899)
Construction manager (Average annual salary: $81,900)
While a university degree will make it easier to find a job in construction management, you can also do a diploma in construction technology and gain experience in supervising on construction sites to prepare you for this career. According to Talent.com, construction managers in Canada earn between $67,487 and $122,500 a year.
Automotive service technician (Average annual salary: $52,413)
Plumber (Average annual salary: $58,500)
Wind turbine service technician (Average annual salary: $74,099)
Carpenter (Average annual salary: $50,355)
App developer (Average annual salary: $85,000)
While some employers require app developers to have a bachelor’s degree in something like computer science, you can also earn a diploma in app development at a trade school or even teach yourself with an online course. With an annual salary ranging from $66,000 to $126,750 according to Talent.com, app developers have one of the highest-paying jobs for Generation Z.
Registered nurse (Average annual salary: $71,038)
To become a registered nurse in Canada, you can study for a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, and then you need to register with the Canadian nurses Association. Talent.com says that the average salary for a registered nurse in Canada ranges from $57,459 to $81,715.
Respiratory therapist (Average annual salary: $66,354)
To become a respiratory therapist, you can complete a four-year bachelor’s degree or a two-year associate’s degree. It’s one of the best jobs for newcomers because along with your training, you may only need to pass the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists’ certification exam to get your license to practise. According to Talent.com, salaries for respiratory therapists in Canada range from $59,309 to $79,346 a year.
HVAC technician (Average annual salary: $66,970)
Welder (Average annual salary: $41,949)
To become a welder, you can either do a certificate course at a trade school or complete an apprenticeship. According to Talent.com, welders in Canada tend to make between $37,050 and $54,904 a year.
Aircraft maintenance engineer ($60,226)
To become an aircraft maintenance engineer, or AME, you need to complete your training at a Transport Canada-approved vocational college. Then you need to do an apprenticeship and pass the licensing exam. Talent.com says that aircraft maintenance engineers in Canada generally earn between $48,497 and $75,541 a year.
Multimedia designer (Average annual salary: $49,752)
You can learn the ropes with an on-campus course or through an internship. According to Talent.com, multimedia designers in Canada take home between $38,144 and $74,342 a year.
Head chef (Average annual salary: $44,850)
Game designer (Average annual salary: $75,000)
To become a game designer, you can study for a diploma or associate’s degree at one of Canada’s design, animation and art schools. Talent.com says that the average pay for game designers in Canada is between $61,500 and $93,400, and it’s also worth remembering that game design studios often offer great perks too.