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International Students: Best study programs for finding a job

Published on: March 12th, 2018

If you’re considering coming to Canada as an international student, you might be wondering what you should study. There are so many programs to choose from in Canada, and it can be difficult to know which program will be the best fit for you. We’ve done some research to figure out which jobs are most in-demand in Canada and which study programs are the best for landing a job in these areas!

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Canada’s In-Demand Jobs in 2018

Every year, Randstad releases a list of the most in-demand jobs in Canada. Randstad is one of Canada’s largest human resources corporations, so they know what they’re talking about when it comes to employment! We selected three of the most in-demand jobs with highly competitive salaries in Canada for 2018. We’ll take you through the positions and their corresponding study programs, so you know what to study in Canada.


Almost every business in Canada has an accountant. From handling payroll to calculating taxes, accountant’s are the glue that hold many businesses together. As an accountant, there are a range of different positions and levels a person can hold in an organization. One accountant might keep a record of payments and revenues, while another might ensure that all the employees get paid on time.

Due to the nature of the position, you can pursue a couple of different programs to get an accounting job. Below are some of the best types of programs for working as an accountant:

  • Business Administration Diploma – 2-3 years
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) in Finance and Accounting – 4 years
  • Master’s of Accounting (MAcc) 1-3 years

The higher the level of education, the more qualified you will be when you graduate. And the more qualified you are, the higher your earnings can be! Many accountants in Canada also choose to pursue official designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) which is the gold standard for Canadian accountants.

Engineering Project Manager

Project managers in engineering fields make the big decisions to ensure that construction projects are completed safely and efficiently. These sorts of positions require high levels of education and experience in order to work. Therefore, the proper type of education required will vary a bit depending on where you are in your career. Here are a few of the types of programs you can pursue on your journey to becoming an Engineering Project Manager:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) – 4-5 years
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) – 2-3 years
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – 1-3 years

If you haven’t studied engineering before, the first step will be to obtain your bachelor’s degree in one of the engineering-related fields. After gaining some experience as an engineer, those seeking to move up into project management might want to obtain a master’s degree in engineering, or to pursue an MBA with a focus on project management.

Remember, all engineers in Canada have to obtain certification as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in the province where they are working.

Business Analyst

The role of a business analyst is wide in scope. Some business analysts assist with planning strategy for the organization, while others might be more involved with optimizing software, systems, and internal communications. Business analysts usually require some training in financial knowledge and some training in the technical needs of analytics. Depending on your interest, you can pursue a range of programs to gain the necessary skills:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Analytics – 4 years
  • Master of Business Administration with focus on Business Analytics – 2 years
  • Bachelor focused on Information Systems – 4 years (software heavy, more computer science focused)

If you’re more interested in the financial side of things, it might be better to pursue a degree in business administration with a focus on business analytics, but if you’re an expert when it comes to computers, it might be better to pursue an information systems degree.

These are a few of the best pathways for those who want to come to Canada as international students and end up with great careers afterwards! Bear in mind that the program you choose to study should make sense with your educational and career background and goals in order for your study permit application to be successful. There are a lot of fantastic job opportunities in Canada outside of these three industries!

It can be helpful to consult with an expert when planning your studies in Canada. Submit a free student assessment and we’ll arrange a phone call with one of our Educational Counselors from Canadim’s Study-2-Immigrate program!

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