Canada is becoming a nation of educated salespeople


WalmartAccording to the latest National Household Survey on labour and education released this morning, Canadians are a nation of retailers. Nearly 2 million of the 18 million members of the Canadian workforce have positions in retail. The survey found that for both men and women the most common occupation was retail salesperson.

The survey found that for both men and women the most common occupation was retail salesperson

When it comes to education nearly two-thirds of Canadians have some sort of post-secondary education, and women make up more than half of those with university degrees.

I’m no statistician but if almost 66% of those surveyed have some post-secondary education, and the most common job among those asked is retail salesperson, it seems to me there must be a whole lot of university graduates working in stores.

… it seems to me there must be a whole lot of university graduates working in stores

As for getting there, 80% of workers drive a vehicle to their job. Interestingly the highest rates of public transit use to get to work were in Toronto where 23% of workers bus- or train-it, followed by Montreal at 22%. Of course if anyone has ever seen the traffic jams in those cities it becomes obvious why you’d want to snooze on a train or bus instead of sitting in your car going nowhere fast.

17 per cent of commuters took 45 minutes or more to get to work. Commuters who live in the areas surrounding Toronto, Oshawa and Barrie for example, were most likely to be in this group

CommuteAnd how long do we take to get to work? 17 per cent of commuters took 45 minutes or more to get to work. Commuters who live in the areas surrounding Toronto, Oshawa and Barrie for example, were most likely to be in this group. I can vouch for that, not from experience, but I have friends who live in Oshawa and work in downtown Toronto. Yep, twice a day they would travel by car until it became just too slow and they switched to the GO trains.

Sometimes it does take me 35 minutes to walk to work, but that’s when the line in Starbucks is particularly long!

I tried to fit myself into the survey results: I have a graduate degree, I don’t work in retail, nor any kind of sales, I walk to work or take the bus and can’t imagine commuting for 45 minutes or more to get to work. Sometimes it does take me 35 minutes to walk to work, but that’s when the line in Starbucks is particularly long! I guess I’m spoiled.

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