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Education Pays

The level of education you have can impact career options. It can affect:

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

Getting a diploma, degree, or trade certification will lead to a higher income. In Nova Scotia, individuals who take training beyond their high school diploma earn more.


Med annual income by education level


  • No degree, certificate, or diploma – this includes those who attended but did not complete high school and those with a primary education grade 8 or lower.
  • High school graduate – received a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • High School Graduate, Some postsecondary – worked toward, but did not complete a trade certificate, certificate, diploma, or degree beyond the high school level.
  • Postsecondary certificate or diploma – includes a completed apprenticeship trades certification, college certificate or diploma, or certificates below a bachelor from a university.
  • University degree – attained a university bachelor’s degree or above.

Titled “Employment Rate by level of Education Attained, 2021 Nova Scotia. Horizontal bar chart. Vertical labels are “university degree”, “postsecondary certificate or diploma”, “high school graduate, some postsecondary”, “high school graduate”, and “no degree, certificate or diploma”. Horizontal axis indicates the percentage.

People with a higher level of education are more likely to be employed in Nova Scotia. Having a good education will help you find a job you enjoy.

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