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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.

Median annual income by education level in Nova Scotia



University degree


College certificate or diploma


High school


No high school

Source: Statistics Canada, 2106 Census, Custom Data


Employment rate by education level in Nova Scotia

2017 for ages 25 to 64 years


University degree


College certificate or diploma


Some college or university


High school


Less than high school

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0209, Accessed June 5, 2018.


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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