Program Overview

Program requirements

Acquired skills

University education stimulates the development of many valuable skills transferable to the workplace. Employers increasingly demand a set of skills from their employees; communication, research, data use, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, planning and organizational, responsibility, adaptability and autonomy, and teamwork skills are sought after. While they can seem limited to each program of study, skills are adaptable and extendable to a variety of situations and they can also be used to acquire other aptitudes and abilities hence ensuring the development and advancement of ones career (to further develop your skill set, see Experience section). The list of skills below can then help in the process of choosing occupations that best fit your education and aptitudes and it can also be used to communicate your employability.

General Skills

  • Skills in quantitative and qualitative social research
  • Ability to understand and help  improve human relationships
  • Ability to identify and analyze social, biological, psychological, and psychosocial issues, and propose solutions
  • Ability to recognize multiple dimensions of a problem and analyze the information to develop solutions

Specific Skills

  • Ability to use quantitative and qualitative research to recognize the diversity in aging and illustrate its impact on Canadian demography.
  • Ability to illustrate and discuss the key changes in social roles, social supports, and policies that accompany the aging process.
  •  Ability to identify and examine the normal and abnormal biological and psychological changes that accompany aging, and the capacity to evaluate the implications these changes have on individuals, their close family members and/or caregivers, and society.
  • Ability to propose how to deal with the potential impacts the aging process may have on individuals, their family members, caregivers, and/or society.
  • Ability to identify, evaluate, and predict the needs of older adultsand their caregivers, as well as the capacity to design appropriate intervention programs that promote optimal well-being and quality of life.

Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. The graduate programs below are examples selected from the list of graduate programs offered by the University of Ottawa. While they are related to this program of study, it is important to consult the admission requirements of the programs as not all types of degrees qualify one for admission. Moreover, additional programs and other universities could be considered depending on your career plan.

Graduate programs 

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. They are presented by their occupational group title, in bold, followed by bulleted occupational titles specific to the program of study. Immediately after the occupational titles, the hyperlinked NOC code for the occupational group is provided. Overall, the occupations are presented side by side with their employment requirements and the establishments where to find a job.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada providing a standard taxonomy and framework for dialogue on Labour Market Information. It gathers more than 30,000 occupational titles into 500 Unit Groups, organized according to skill levels and skill types.

Occupations related to this program

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Health program information analyst
  • Nursing homes policy development officer

A bachelors degree in a relevant social science discipline; several years of experience in the health field as a health care professional or as a community or social service worker are usually required; a graduate degree in health, social science or an administrative discipline may be required

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

A bachelors degree in a discipline related to the service provided; several years of experience as a middle manager in a related institution or organization are usually required

  • Organizations or institutions that deliver health, education, social or community services

Social and community service workers

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

A bachelors degree in a related social science or health related disciplines; membership with a provincial regulatory body is required in some provinces

Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Labour policy analyst
  • Social policy analyst

A bachelors degree in a social science or related discipline; a masters degree in a social science discipline or business administration is usually required; progression to managerial positions is possible with experience 


A bachelors degree in gerontology; a masters or doctorate degree in the discipline is usually required

Family, marriage and other related counsellors

  • Preretirement counsellor

A bachelors degree in a related social science discipline; a masters degree in counselling, mental health or a related social service discipline; period of supervised clinical work with clients; membership with a provincial association for example, the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy,or in a national association, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association CCPA

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

Enrolment in a university or college program is required

Administrators post-secondary education and vocational training

  • Assistant dean
  • Dean
  • Faculty administrator

Faculty administrators require a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher

Related fields

Although many students believe that they will pursue a career path directly connected to their university studies, quite often, graduates tend to work in related fields. Below is a list of possible related fields of work based on a given program of study. These fields present opportunities that are not typically considered as first choices when choosing a career path based on a program of study. Hopefully, this list will allow students to further consider the various fields that are loosely connected to their program of study. These results were compiled through a research of the University of Ottawa's alumni profiles which were found on the business-oriented social networking service, LinkedIn

Related Fields

  • Education
  • Research
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Operations 

Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. And certainly, experience working on campus or in other settings adds to the set of skills acquired in your degree (see Acquired Skills section). The Employability Skills 2000+ presenting the skills employers look for in their employees as well as its complementary checklist can help target experience opportunities that will improve your skill set necessary for employment. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.

All examples of volunteer experience and potential employers were selected specifically for this area of study and according to occupational groups in which it is possible to acquire experience. Examples of volunteer organizations in Canada and abroad are preceded by a list of directories that can help to find more volunteer opportunities. Examples of potential employers in Canada and abroad have been compiled in light of events held in partnership with employers, searches in company directories and well-established rankings.

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. The examples are presented according to geographic location: Ottawa and Gatineau, Ontario, Quebec and other provinces.

In Canada

Ottawa/Gatineau Region Ontario

Quebec, Other provinces and territories


The requirements for working abroad consider factors like administrative laws, professional standards and work permits in some countries. To learn about requirements in various countries, visit Skill Clear or MyWorldAbroad (registration with a email is required to use MyWorldAbroad).

Established globally

North America (excluding Canada)

South America






Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Services offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.

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.


Provincial and territorial



Job search sites

Here are a few websites posting jobs available in Canada and abroad related to this field of study.



General Job Search Websites

General Job Search Websites Abroad