Jobs for students cover a wide variety of skills and industries. Some students opt to find jobs that help start their career early, while others find work to help them pay for school or give them spending money. The students that choose to begin the path to a career select a corresponding work field.
For example, a student in finance or economics may try to find a job working in a bank as a teller or financial services representative. The most popular jobs for earning money are waiter/waitresses, retail workers, such as an associate at a department store or a cashier at a grocery store. The choice is highly dependent on the amount of debt a student incurs as a result of a university education.
Student Job Education Requirements
Student jobs usually only require a high school diploma, although some employers want these workers to actively be working towards a university degree. Experience in previous jobs is an advantage, as those without any prior work experience tend to get only a minimum wage position.
Graduate students earn more as a result of obtaining a bachelor's degree, and often use their graduate status to further their careers.
Student Job Market
The job market for students depends on what industry they choose. The job outlook for waiters and waitresses is anywhere from poor to fair, with larger cities such as Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver as the prime areas for employment. Retail jobs also differ in chances for employment, as places with more stores, population, or tourists tend to thrive compared to less densely populated areas.
There are lots of internships for students; however, the competition is high and the positions are often unpaid.
Student Job Salary Information
Retail associates earn just over the minimum wage, with an hourly rate of C$11.60. Waiters and waitresses make an hourly median wage of C$10.75 an hour, although there is the potential to earn much more with tips. Interns should expect to make about C$11 per hour.