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

Other managers in public administration

  • Federal-provincial relations director
  • Intergovernmental affairs director

Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers

  • Immigration consultant
  • Immigration officer

Program officers unique to government

  • Federal and provincial relations officer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Intergovernmental affairs officer

Senior government managers and officials

  • Ambassador

Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Aboriginal issues lobbyist
  • Employment equity policy consultant
  • Human rights officer
  • Immigration policy analyst
  • International aid and development project officer
  • Labour policy analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Social policy analyst
  • Women's issues lobbyist

Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration

  • Governmental employment programs director
  • Public administrator

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.

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Canadian Embassies and Consulates
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Canada's public policy Forum
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • City of Ottawa
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Council of the Federation
  • Department of Justice
  • Environment Canada
  • Financial Transactions  and Reports analysis Centre of Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  • International Development Research Centre - IDRC
  • Legislative Assembly
  • National Defence and the Canadian Forces
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Parliament of Canada
  • Parole Board of Canada
  • Public Safety Canada
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat 
  • Compas
  • Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Toronto Public Service
  • Consulate General of Canada in New York
  • Commission de la représentation électorale - CRE
  • Commission municipale du Québec
  • Directeur général des élections du Québec - DGEQ
  • Ministère des Relations internationales
  • Ministère du Conseil exécutif
  • National Assembly
  • Alberta Municipal Services Corporation - AMSC
  • British Columbia Public Service
  • Dynamic Personnel Consultants
  • Elections BC
  • Government of Alberta
  • Concern Worldwide
  • International Alert - IA
  • International Crisis Group - ICG
  • United Nations - UN
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - UNODC
  • World Health Organization - WHO
  • American Council on Education - ACE
  • Coalition on Human Needs
  • Democratic Party
  • Department of State
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Republican National Committee
  • Committee of the Regions
  • Conservative Party
  • Council of Europe
  • Council of the European Union
  • Democratic Unionist Party - DUP
  • English Democrats Party
  • European Centre for Minority Issues - ECMI
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • European Parliament
  • Independence Party - UKIP
  • Social Democratic and Labour Party - SDLP

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 française de science politique - AFSP
  • Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick - AMANB
  • Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia - AMANS
  • Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators - CAMA
  • Canadian Council for International Cooperation
  • Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences - CFHSS
  • Canadian International Council
  • Canadian Political Science Association - CPSA
  • Canadian Society for International Health
  • Corporation des officiers municipaux agréés du Québec - COMAQ
  • Local Government Administrators of the Northwest Territories - LGANT
  • Prairie Political Science Association - PPSA
  • Public Affairs Association of Canada - PAAC
  • Société québécoise de science politique - SQSP
  • American Association of Political Consultants
  • American Political Science Association - APSA
  • Asian Political and International Studies Association 
  • Association of International Customs and Border Agencies - AICBA
  • Australasian Political Studies Association 
  • European Consortium for Political Research
  • European International Studies Association 
  • European Political Science Association 
  • International Association for Political Science Students - IAPSS
  • International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology - IASSIST
  • International Political Science Association - IPSA
  • International Social Science Council - ISSC
  • International Studies Association 
  • Political Studies Association 
  • Southern Political Studies Association 
  • Western Political Science Association 
  • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Date modified: 2023-11-16