Top Fields of Study in Canada

Looking Forward – Top Subjects to Study in Canada

Over 120,000 international students traveling to study at one of Canada’s 96 universities to study each year. From its variety of academic institutions, range of fields of study, and many post-graduate career options, it’s not surprising that students from around the globe are keen to take advantage of the opportunities provided one of the friendliest countries on earth. But with so many options to choose from, how do you narrow down what you want to study?

Here are the 3 most profitable fields of study for international students coming to study in Canada:

Business Management

Business management is one of the most popular fields of study in the world, probably due to its high rates of hiring, stability, and pay. In Canada, the most profitable degree in business happens to be a Management Science degree, which offers an average annual salary of 112,000 CAD.

The discipline is more tied to math than commerce, and students pursuing a degree in the field will learn about theories and models in statistics and programming, and how to apply them to solve a variety of complex problems in the world of business management. As one of the world’s leading hubs of business, particularly in cities like Toronto and Vancouver, Canada attracts students and professionals from around the world.

Canadian universities known for their programs in business management include University of Toronto, MacEwan University, and Dalhousie University.

Chemical Engineering

Many countries around the world are seeking civil engineers as they continue to expand their major cities, transportation systems, and airports linking visitors to their international hubs. However, in Canada, chemical engineers are more highly sought-after (and paid) post-graduation. The average annual salary for professionals in this field is 107,000 CAD.

Chemical engineering students typically complete the same foundational courses in math and science as students in other engineering disciplines in their first and second years. Next, they learn about subjects such as fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, and process modeling so they can better design operations that will transform raw material into specified products for the various industries they may be employed in, such as oil and gas, pharmaceuticals or energy.

Canadian universities known for their programs in chemical engineering include Vancouver Island University, University of New Brunswick, and McMaster University.


Geosciences are those sciences which revolve around the earth, with a particular emphasis on geology. A bachelor’s degree in geosciences can lead to work in mineral and petroleum exploration, environmental consulting and urban projects, among others, with an average annual salary of 99,000 CAD.

These skills are highly valued in Canada, particularly thanks to its lucrative mining industry. But beyond that, given that most of Canada’s geography is sparsely inhabited, if not uninhabited altogether, opportunities for graduates with a background in geoscience to find an industry or company in which to work are plentiful, leading this to be the one of the top 3 most profitable industries to enter into.

Canadian universities known for their programs in geosciences include McGill University, University of Northern British Columbia, and Queen’s University.