Canadian survey finds women dominating university programs

It seems that women are more smarter then mans are smarter.

A massive survey conducted by the Canadian government found that more women were receiving university educations than men, a figure compounded in younger age groups.

According to National Household Survey results released on Wednesday, women accounted for more than half – 53.7 per cent – of Canadian university degree holders between the ages of 25 and 64.

When those numbers are pared down to young adults aged 25 to 24, the percentage increases to 59.1.

Women are also excelling in some key fields of study, including medicine (62.2 per cent of those with medical degrees) and master's programs (58.1 per cent of master's degrees.)

In fact, the only key university degree where men still dominated was doctorates, where 47.3 per cent of graduates were women.

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The National Household Survey found that 64 per cent of adults aged 25 to 64 have post-secondary degrees. The results, compiled in 2011, were a notch above the 60.7 per cent cited in the 2006 census.

This is the second round to results released from the voluntary National Household Survey, introduced in 2011 after the government abandoned the mandatory census.

The survey results have been criticized as incomplete and untrustworthy, specifically from small and isolated communities.

But this time around, Canada's chief statistician says the results are "surprisingly" solid.

Statistics Canada's Wayne Smith told the Globe and Mail this week that researchers spent a great deal of time poring through the results and have concluded that most of the conclusion is accurate.

"We’ve had to learn an awful lot about how to process data and we’ve had the advantage of having access to vast amounts of complementary information," Smith told the newspaper.

"We had access to a vast amount of information and we had to figure out how to use it effectively. It took us some time to settle on the right processes but ultimately we did."

Sounds like a successful process. If nothing else, it proves that men are not finished learning.

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Wednesday's survey results focused on education, transit and jobs. Here are some other interesting findings:

  • Men continue to dominate trades, holding 80 per cent of registered apprenticeship certificates.

  • The most common jobs for women were retail salesperson, administrative assistant and nurse.

  • The most common jobs for men were retail salesperson, retail manager and truck driver.

  • Of the 14.5 million people who commute to work every day, 74 per cent drive cars. Only 5.6 per cent get to work by being a car passenger.

  • 201,800 people say they ride their bike to work, unchanged from the 2006 census results.

  • The most commonly used non-official language is Chinese.