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Overqualification Among Aboriginal Workers in Canada


This study examines education, employment, and the extent to which adult Aboriginal workers (aged 25-64) were overqualified for their jobs compared to non-Aboriginal workers. Data are from the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) including 415,115 Aboriginal workers and 13,301,610 non-Aboriginal workers. Aboriginal workers with higher levels of education (bachelor degree or higher) were less likely to be overqualified than their non-Aboriginal counterparts; but Aboriginal workers with lower levels of education (less than university level) were more likely to be overqualified than non-Aboriginal workers. This study also highlights differences in overqualification by field of study: Among Aboriginal workers who earned university degrees, low overqualification rates were found among those who studied education; mathematics, computer, and information sciences; architecture, engineering, and related technologies; and health fields.

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This paper was funded by the Strategic Research Directorate at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). The views expressed in this document, however, are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the position of Statistics Canada or INAC.

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