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Sample Career Options

What can you do with a degree in Psychology? A lot! Psychology majors often find employment in government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and a number of other areas in the private sector and government. 

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • academic advisor
  • child/youth worker
  • clinical psychologist
  • community agency director
  • community worker/advocate
  • customs officer
  • disability services worker
  • event planner
  • fundraiser
  • forensic psychologist
  • human resources
  • labour relations/mediator
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • market research analyst
  • marriage and family therapist
  • mental health worker
  • occupational therapist
  • probation officer
  • program coordinator/manager
  • psychologist
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations
  • recreation therapist
  • seniors program coordinator
  • social policy researcher
  • social/crisis worker
  • student life coordinator
  • teacher/adult educator
  • volunteer coordinator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • counselling agencies
  • educational institutions
  • Department of Justice Canada
  • government
  • hospitality industry
  • human resources departments
  • management consulting firms
  • marketing/PR firms
  • non-profit organizations
  • research organizations
  • social service agencies
  • training/development firms

Online Resources

  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Canadian Council on Social Development
  • Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • assistant contract manager
  • clinical support worker
  • probation officer
  • youth care worker

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Criminology, Occupational Therapy, Social Justice and Community Engagement, Social Work, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, Counselling Psychology.
  • College program: Addictions Management and Prevention, Human Resources Management, Adult Education, Recreational Therapy.
  • Bachelor's degree: Education.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • behavioural counsellor
  • court clerk
  • education consultant
  • marketing and communications strategist
  • outcomes facilitator
  • social worker

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Identify, interpret, understand and communicate key social, ethical and personal issues relevant to individuals, groups and society.
  • Assess, evaluate, understand and interpret individual and group behaviour.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of methodologies of data collection, statistical analysis and evaluation.
  • Use scientific methods and tests to analyze, interpret and assess possible behaviours.
  • Develop strong critical thinking skills and an understanding of contemporary challenges, issues and trends.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Develop the ability to organize and lead groups by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success to facilitate change and understanding.
  • 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 Skills

  • Research, analyze, synthesize and clearly communicate findings in oral and written formats.
  • 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.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Gather relevant information, anticipate needs and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Assess events and beliefs and develop responses/strategies to manage situations.
  • Critically evaluate and interpret theories and research and apply the results to solve problems.
  • 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.

Contact Us:

Cole Norton, Academic Program Assistant

E: cnorton@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5563
Office Location: RCE208, Brantford campus