5 highest-paying jobs in Canada: Here’s how to upskill for in-demand roles

Opticians are one of the highest-paying jobs in Canada.

By U2B Staff 

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Many professionals are choosing to work abroad or are considering migration to countries that report a number of skill shortages and job opportunities for local and migrant workers. Here are the top highest-paying jobs that are in-demand in Canada, and how you can upskill or reskill to work in these areas:


As University Magazine notes, there is a diverse range of job opportunities if you choose to work as a psychologist. It’s not just about being a therapist but you can also work in different fields such as sports to law enforcement.

The average annual salary for a psychologist ranges from CA $58,680 to $132,500.

It’s possible to make a career switch to become a psychologist, but you will need to invest a significant amount of time and money into education and certification.

According to the Canadian Psychological Association, “To become a psychologist, after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology, one must attend graduate school and obtaining a master’s degree and/or doctoral degree.

“The requirements for being registered, licensed, certified, or chartered as a psychologist providing psychological services vary from province-to-province to Canada. Having a master’s or doctoral degree does not guarantee eligibility to practice.”

Registered Nurse

As healthcare takes centre stage during a pandemic, nurses are highly in-demand. They are also paid well, with an average salary of $75, 680 for a registered nurse in Canada.

If you’re looking to become a nurse, you will need a university degree. You can take an accredited online degree such as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) by Walden University.

Already a nurse practicing outside Canada? You will need to qualify to practice as a Registered Nurse in the country, by registering with either the Canadian Nurses Association (CAN) or the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR).

You can also upskill as a nurse by taking niche online courses such as Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19, offered by Harvard University on EdX.

This course provides licensed medical professionals with an understanding of mechanical ventilation so they can support the critical care team caring for patients receiving mechanical ventilation during the pandemic.


Another growing healthcare profession is the role of a chiropractor. If you’ve always wanted to work in the medical line but don’t have the time or money to become a doctor or nurse, this is one job that will pay off.

The average annual salary for a chiropractor in Canada is approximately CA $70,200.

As many people today work in desk-based jobs with a sedentary lifestyle, lower back pains, and joint aches are a common complaint, leading them to seek the help of licensed chiropractors.

The global chiropractic care market is expected to grow from USD 576.88 million in 2018 to USD 847 million by 2025.

According to Trends Market Research, “The market is mainly driven by the rising prevalence of obesity among people coupled with the preference for instant relief by patients which helps them to get back to their regular lifestyle without much loss of time.”


Massage therapist

This is one highly in-demand role that doesn’t require lengthy studies. As a fast-growing career, you can earn big bucks working for luxury spas or hotels, health clinics, or as a private therapist. The average annual salary for a massage therapist is CA $58,500.

There a number of online courses and certifications to reskill as a massage therapist. On Udemy, you can explore courses at low prices such as Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists Certificate Course, Massage Therapy, and Acupressure and Meridian Massage Techniques. 


More than half of the Canadian population wear glasses, making opticians very successful. You can earn up to $65,000 a year as an optician in Canada, making it one of the highest-paying jobs.

As more people today spend a significant amount of time staring at screens, it makes sense that this is one of the most in-demand jobs in Canada.

You don’t need necessarily need a university degree to upskill as an optician, as you can work as one with an associate degree or postsecondary certificate. There are also apprenticeships to receive on-the-job training.

If you’re interested in making a career switch to become an optician, consider online courses such as Penn Foster’s online Optician Career Diploma programme.