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

  • Community social development officer
  • Human rights officer
  • Policy consultant, womens' employment
  • Social policy researcher
  • Social science researcher
  • Women's issues lobbyist
  • Womens' program co-ordinator
  • Womens' shelter program coordinator
  • Womens' status policy consultant

Social and community service workers

  • Family service worker
  • Social rehabilitation officer
  • Supervisor, womens' center social services
  • Transition home worker social services
  • Women's centre coordinator social services

Executive assistants

  • Corporate assistant
  • Executive assistant
  • Legislative assistant
  • Ministerial assistant
  • Parliamentary assistant

Family, marriage and other related counsellors

  • Child and family counsellor
  • Couples therapist
  • Family therapist
  • Grief counsellor
  • Marital counsellor
  • Marriage and family therapist (MFT)
  • Registered clinical counsellor
  • Sex therapist

Managers in social, community and correctional services

  • Area manager, family services
  • Manager,  group home
  • Manager, women's center
  • Social services director

Senior government managers and officials

  • Human Rights Commission chairperson

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.. 

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Cornerstone Housing for Women
  • Correctional Service Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • University of Ottawa's Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH
  • Fenway Health
  • Kingston Community Counselling Centres
  • Centre des femmes de Montréal
  • Girls Action Foundation 
  • La maison grise
  • Norwest Co-op
  • Association For Women's Rights in Development - AWID
  • Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Girl Scouts
  • International Labor Rights Forum
  • United Nations
  • Vital Voices
  • Womankind
  • Fenway Health
  • Ms. Foundation
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • National Organization for Women - NOW
  • Center for Reproductive Rights - CRR
  • Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace - WISCOMP
  • Australian Government's Department of Social Services
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • UN Women National Committee of Australia

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.

  • Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families - AASCF
  • Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences - CFHSS
  • Canadian Federation of University Women - CFUW
  • Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women - CRIAW
  • Canadian Women's Health Network
  • National Council of Women in Canada
  • Women's and Gender Studies in Canada - WGSRF
  • Association for Women's Rights in Development - AWID
  • Association nationale des études féministes - ANEF
  • Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association - AWGSA
  • Feminist and Women's Studies Association - FWSA
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Gender and Education Association
  • International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology - IASSIST
  • International Social Science Council - ISSC
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • Société internationale pour l'étude des femmes de l'Ancien régime
  • Women's History Network