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 policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Aboriginal issues lobbyist
  • Community social development officer
  • Employment insurance policy analyst
  • Human rights officer
  • International aid and development project officer
  • Labour policy analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Pollster
  • Poverty researcher
  • Research officer
  • Social policy analyst
  • Social policy researcher
  • Women's issues lobbyist

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Health policy development officer
  • Health policy research analyst

Probation and parole officers and related occupations

  • Correctional classification officer
  • Parole officer
  • Probation officer

Social and community service workers

  • Child and youth worker

Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers

  • Employment equity policy consultant
  • Immigration consultant
  • Immigration officer

Executive assistants

  • Committee clerk
  • Constituency aid
  • Legislative assistant
  • Ministerial assistant
  • Parliamentary assistant

Police officers (except commissioned)

  • Police officer

Statistical officers and related research support occupations

  • Social research assistant (except university)
  • Social science research assistant (except university)

Human resources managers

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

  • Non-governmental organization (NGO) executive director

Other managers in public administration

  • Federal-provincial relations director
  • Intergovernmental affairs director

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

  • Post-secondary research assistant

Managers in social, community and correctional services

  • Volunteer services director

Family, marriage and other related counselors

  • Family counsellor
  • Family therapist
  • Marriage counsellor

Program officers unique to government

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

Educational counselors

  • Academic counsellor
  • Career counsellor education
  • Student services counsellor

Government managers health and social policy development and program administration

  • Governmental employment programs director
  • Public administrator

College and other vocational instructors

  • College teacher

Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.

  • Anthropologist
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Linguistic anthropologist
  • Social anthropologist

Other professional occupations in social science

  • Sociologist

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.

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada- AANDC 
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau - CSSS
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Correctional Service of Canada
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  • Industry Canada
  • John Howard Society of Ottawa
  • Peacebuild
  • The Council on Aging of Ottawa
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat 
  • Statistics Canada
  • YMCA-YWCA Ottawa
  • Canadian Crossroads International - CCI
  • Children's Aid Society - CAS
  • Community Living Ontario
  • Foundation for International Development Assistance - FIDA
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District 
  • Ontario Heritage Trust
  • St. Michael's Hospital 
  • YWCA Toronto
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux Cavendish
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Saint-Léonard et Saint-Michel
  • Conseil du statut de la femme
  • Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine
  • Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
  • Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles
  • Catholic Charities Alberta
  • Closer to Home Community Services
  • Halifax Regional Municipality - HRM
  • McMan
  • Public Outreach
  • Revera Living
  • Center for Victims of Torture - CVT
  • Concern Worldwide
  • International Alert - IA
  • International Crisis Group - ICG
  • African Development Foundation - USADF
  • Applied Earthworks
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Heritage Research Center
  • Louis Berger Group
  • Social Science Research Council - SSRC
  • Council of Europe
  • Council of the European Union
  • European Centre for Minority Issues - ECMI
  • European Economic and Social Committee - EESC
  • European Institute
  • Progressio
  • Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit
  • Centre for Science and Environment - CSE
  • 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 canadienne des sociologues et anthropologues de langue française - ACSALF
  • Association des professeures et professeurs de sociologie des collèges - APPSC
  • Canadian Council on Social Development
  • Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences - CFHSS
  • Canadian Sociological Association - CSA
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council - SSHRC
  • American Sociological Association - ASA
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion
  • Association internationale des sociologues de langue française - AISLF
  • Association of Social Anthropologist of the UK and the Commonwealth - ASA
  • British Sociological Association 
  • European Sociological Association 
  • International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology - IASSIST
  • International Sociological Association
  • International Visual Sociology Association 
  • Rural Sociological Society
  • Sociologists Without Borders
  • The Pacific Sociological Association 

Date modified: 2023-11-22