Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools (Careercruising and Choices Planner)* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.

Occupations related to this program

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Health program information analyst
  • Nursing homes policy development office

Senior managers health, education, social and community services and membership organizations

Social and community service workers

  • Group home operator
  • Independent living instructor
  • Social rehabilitation officer
  • Veteran services officer

Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Labour policy analyst
  • Social policy analyst


Family, marriage and other related counsellors

  • Preretirement counsellor

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

  • Discussion group leader post-secondary teaching assistance
  • Laboratory assistant, university
  • Laboratory supervisor post-secondary teaching assistant
  • Post-secondary research assistant
  • Post-secondary teaching assistant
  • Tutor post-secondary teaching assistant

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The Community Service Learning also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.

Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies. 

  • Bruyère
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau - CSSS
  • Pierre-Janet Hospital Centre
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa
  • Extendicare Canada 
  • John Howard Society of Ottawa
  • March of Dimes Canada
  • Brant Community Healthcare System - BCHS
  • Christian Horizons
  • Community Care Access Centre - CCAC
  • Reena
  • Sault Area Hospital - SHA
  • Sibley
  • Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux Cavendish - CSSS
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Saint-Léonard et Saint-Michel - CSSS
  • Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés - MFA
  • Villas d'Aujourd'hui
  • Visavie
  • Community on Aging Knowledge Exchange - CAKE
  • Milieu Children & Family Services
  • Fraser Health Authority
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority - VIHA

Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.

  • Association québécoise de gérontologie - AQG
  • Canadian Association on Gerontology - CAG
  • Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences - CFHSS
  • Canadian Geriatric Society - CGS
  • Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association - CGNA
  • Gerontological Nursing Association of Ontario - GNA
  • Ontario Gerontology Association - OGA
  • Société québécoise de gériatrie
  • British Society of Gerontology
  • International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology - IASSIST
  • International Psychogeriatric Association - IPA
  • International Society of Geriatric Oncology - SIOG
  • International Union for the Scientific Study of Population - IUSSP
  • National Association for Professional Gerontologists