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19. University Professor
Median Salary: $85,716.80
Change in Salary (2008–2014): +15%
Total Employees: 65,400
Change in Employees (2008–2014): +5%
Lecturing a bunch of snotty teenagers and swotty know-it-alls can actually be very rewarding. Canadian professors are largely happy with their work, with 75% rating their job satisfaction as “high” or “very high” according to a 2012 study. That’s despite the fact that they work more than their counterparts in other nations with world-renowned universities (50 hours per week on academic activities). And students reciprocate the happy feelings: most respondents to the Canadian University Survey Consortium’s annual survey of student satisfication report they are generally satisfied with the quality of the teaching they receive. While professors spend a large part of their time in classrooms, the key to career advancement is research citations. Balancing the two types of work can be tough but healthy salaries can make up for it.