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

Social and community service workers

  • Child and youth worker
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Residential counsellor
  • Social rehabilitation officer
  • Social services officer
  • Women's centre coordinator
  • Women's shelter supervisor

Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Child-care programs planning officer
  • Family violence prevention program adviser
  • Settlement counsellor
  • Social policy analysis
  • Social researcher

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

  • Laboratory assistant, university
  • Post-secondary research assistant

Statistical officers and related research support occupations

  • Psychology research assistant (except university)
  • Research assistant (except post-secondary)
  • Social science research assistant (except university)
  • Statistical officer
  • Technical research assistant (except post-secondary)

Human resources and recruitment officers

  • Human resources officer
  • Personnel officer
  • Recruitment specialist

Human resources professionals

  • Human resource specialist
  • Mediator 

Probation and parole officers and related occupations

  • Correctional classification officer
  • Parole officer
  • Probation officer

Senior government managers and officials

  • Human resources manager
  • Industrial relations manager
  • Staff relations manager
  • Training and development manager

Instructors of persons with disabilities

  • Rehabilitation instructor
  • Teacher of persons with a developmental disabilities


  • Psychological associate

Family, marriage and other related counsellors

  • Addiction counsellor
  • Behavioural counsellor
  • Child and family counsellor
  • Grief counsellor
  • Marital counsellor
  • Registered clinical counsellor
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Sex therapist

Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment

  • Art therapist
  • Dance therapist
  • Music therapist

College and other vocational instructors

  • College lecturer
  • Early childhood education instructor college level

Employment counsellors

  • Career development counsellor
  • Employment counsellor
  • Workforce development officer 

Educational counsellors

  • Academic counsellor
  • Career counsellor education
  • Co-op officer
  • Student services counsellor

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. 

  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service - CSIS
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau - CSSS
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH
  • Family - Therapy 
  • Health Canada
  • The Royal - Mental Health
  • Pierre Janet Hospital Centre
  • Brant Community Healthcare System - BCHS
  • Centric Health
  • Children's Aid Society - CAS
  • Community Care Access Centre - CCAC
  • Community Head Injury Resource Services - CHIRS
  • Holland Bloorview - Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
  • Kawartha Haliburton Children Aid Society - KHCAS
  • Lutherwood Community
  • Sick Kids Hospital 
  • Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Saint-Léonard et Saint-Michel
  • Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être
  • Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail - CSST
  • Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux - MSSS
  • Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec - RAMQ
  • Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
  • British Columbia Public Service
  • Closer to Home Community Services - CTH
  • Fraser Health Authority
  • Klinic Community Health Centre
  • IWK Health Centre
  • Tsay Keh Dene
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority - VIHA
  • YWCA Calgary
  • Center for Victims of Torture - CVT
  • Concern Worldwide
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation - IPPF
  • Survivors of Incest Anonymous - SIA
  • Adelaide Psychological Services - APS
  • Assistance in Recovery - AIR
  • Cornerstone Psychological Services
  • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - FA
  • Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital
  • Levermore Psychological Services
  • Caritas International
  • European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction - EMCDDA
  • European Society of Criminology - ESC
  • Chinese Mental Health Association - CMHA
  • Northern Ireland Social Care Council - NISCC
  • Scottish Social Services Council - SSSC
  • China Youth Development Foundation - CYDF
  • Cindy Chan Psychological Services
  • Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace - WISCOMP

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 of Psychology in Newfoundland Labrador - APNL
  • Association québécoise des psychologues scolaires - AQPS*
  • British Columbia Psychological Association - BCPA
  • Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy - CACPT
  • Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs - CCPPP
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association - CCPA
  • Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences - CFHSS
  • Canadian Mental Health Association - CMHA
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Manitoba
  • Canadian Psychological Association - CPA
  • Ordre des psychologues du Québec
  • Ontario Psychological Association - OPA
  • Psychological Society of Saskatchewan - PSS
  • Vancouver - Coastal Health 
  • American Psychological Association - APA
  • Association for Psychological Science - APS
  • International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology - IASSIST
  • International Association of Applied Psychology
  • International Honor Society in Psychology
  • International Positive Psychology Association
  • International Psychoanalytical Association
  • International Social Science Council - ISSC
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • Social Psychology Network
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology - SPSP