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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • addictions counsellor
  • admissions officer
  • career/employment counsellor
  • community development coordinator
  • criminologist
  • disability/diversity consultant
  • event planner
  • fundraiser
  • gerontologist
  • health care administrator
  • human resources/corporate training
  • law enforcement
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • management trainee
  • market research analyst
  • marriage and family therapist
  • media analyst/researcher
  • mediator/labour relations
  • probation officer
  • professor
  • program coordinator/manager
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations specialist
  • recreation planner/coordinator
  • rehabilitation counsellor
  • social policy researcher
  • social worker
  • student life coordinator
  • teacher
  • victims advocate
  • volunteer coordinator
  • youth/community worker

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • chambers of commerce
  • community agencies
  • educational institutions
  • employee assistance plan providers
  • government
  • hospitality industry
  • hospitals
  • international development organizations
  • long-term care/residential facilities
  • mental health centres
  • planning councils
  • political parties/lobbying groups
  • social service agencies

Laurier Grads are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2019)

Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

82 Sociology Graduates:

  • Employed: 46.0%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 49.2%
  • Looking for Work: 3.2%
  • Other: 1.6%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • administrative assistant
  • child and youth worker
  • clinical access facilitator
  • indigenous programming assistant
  • peer support worker
  • student engagement coordinator
  • youth care worker

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Education, Social Justice and Community Engagement, Social Work, Sociology.
  • College program: Digital Media Marketing, Human Resources, International Development, Mental Health and Addictions, Public Relations.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • behaviour therapist
  • clinical therapist
  • community program director
  • disability case manager
  • residence manager
  • social planning and policy analyst
  • workplace learning solutions specialist

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

At Laurier, develop these competencies through both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help you achieve your goals for the future.

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrate an understanding of human behaviour, communication and interaction from a social perspective.
  • Gain an awareness of social or community behaviour and expectations as well as current social, community and ethical issues and related public policy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of behavioural components of sociological theory and the skills to apply this knowledge.
  • Understand inter-relationships of various social, cultural and community groups.
  • Develop knowledge of various governmental, community and social institutions and their roles, and the ability to provide information and direction to assist in making informed decisions.
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of social problems and the human condition.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration & Teamwork 

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication 

  • Conduct, explain and interpret sociological and information research clearly and apply this information to changing situations.
  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.