Co-op students secure prestigious jobs, higher salaries

June 17, 2010

Two University of Waterloo researchers have conducted the first and largest study of co-op students, using StatsCan’s YITS (Youth in Transition Survey) data. Tracking 10,000 students from 2000-2006, it appears that co-op programs aid accessibility for lower-income students, and attract more females in college and males in university. University co-op students appear to be more studious and serious, and are more likely to be studying engineering, applied and physical sciences, or mathematics. College co-op students, on the other hand, are more likely in the fine and applied arts, or the humanities. After graduation, university co-op grads were earning 15% more than their peers, and were in more “prestigious” positions.  IEC Hamilton