- Since the start of the 1980s the rate of enrollment of graduate students in Canada has increased faster than that of undergraduate students; enrollment of master’s degree level students has tripled, while doctoral students have increased 4.5 fold.1
- Between 60-70% of Canadian PhDs do not pursue academic careers.2
- Only 12% of tenured faculty members in Canada are under the age of 35.3
1 Marilyn Rose, “Graduate Student Professional Development: A Survey with Recommendations”, prepared for The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, March 2012.
2 Statistics Canada (2011). Labour market outcomes of Canadian doctoral graduates.
3 Charlie Gillis, “Are Ph.D.s an academic dead zone?”, Maclean’s: June 3, 2013.
And so is the local and national labor market!
- Many UBC graduate students want to make the Lower Mainland their home; however, this is a community with few head offices or major government centers, as 98% of employers in British Columbia are small businesses.4
- WorkBC predicts that over 450,000 jobs will need to be filled by 2020.5
- The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia’s Opportunity Agenda makes the link between graduate education and a prosperous, sustainable economy.
- Vancouver is a world-renowned “vibrant startup ecosystem” that seeks people with entrepreneurial skills.6
- Demand for graduate degrees in the Canadian labor market has increased over the past two decades, from 600,000 jobs in 1990 to over 1.3 million jobs in 2009.7
4 Statistics Canada (2012). Canadian Business Patterns Database. This accounts for public, private and non-profit sectors. Small businesses are made up of less than 50 employees.
5 WorkBC (2013). British Columbia Labour Market Outlook 2010-2020.
6 Compass (2012). The Startup Ecosystem Report.
7 AUCC (2011). Trends in higher education: Volume 1 – Enrolment. www.aucc.ca