Health Research Training at CIHR: Career-Related Reports

To help you make informed decisions regarding your career, we have collected recent reports and studies that describe the realities of the Canadian labour market.

Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS): 2016 Canadian National Postdoctoral Survey Report
This report presents the findings of a survey of over 2,100 Canadian fellows, both local and international, who shared their perspectives on what it's like to be a postdoctoral fellow. Take a look through this report to learn about the demographics, the career trajectories and outcomes, and the obstacles encountered by fellows, as well as how these are changing over time.

Inside and Outside the Academy: Valuing and Preparing PhDs for Careers
More than 80% of Canadian PhDs hold careers outside of academia. This report discusses career opportunities for PhD students both inside academia and beyond, highlights the professional skills that are crucial for obtaining employment, and presents professional development initiatives available across Canada and other countries. Take a look at this report to understand the employment landscape for Canadian PhDs, and how to develop the professional skills that employers are searching for.

Graduate Professional Development: Towards a National Strategy [ PDF (902 KB) - external link ]
Professional development activities can help graduate studies enhance skills necessary for employment. This report, based on a national survey of Canadian universities, summarizes the state of professional development programs in Canadian post-secondary institutions, and indicates the availability of these programs at each institution. Take a look through this report to see what professional development activities are available at your university.

Labour Market Report 2016  
Take a look at this annual report by Statistics Canada to find out more about labour market trends in Canada. This report presents key statistics on employment growth rates in Canada for workers of all age groups, with a focus on national and provincial trends.

Labour market outcomes of graduates from universities in the Maritime provinces 2017
Take a look at this report by Statistics Canada regarding the employment rates and outcomes of post-secondary students from the Maritimes. This report summarizes employment data and trends from over 37,000 undergraduate students and over 6,700 graduate students from Maritimes universities between 2006 and 2011.

Labour Market Information Career Tool
You can use this tool to learn more about programs of study and how recent graduates are doing professionally. Are they employed in their field of study? What are their earnings? Would they study in this field again?

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