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Sample Career Options

Note: Some careers may require additional education.

  • firefighter
  • law enforcement personnel
  • border or customs service officer
  • parole officer
  • paramedic
  • intelligence analyst
  • emergency management officer or consultant
  • emergency response team responder
  • security supervisor
  • manager of safety, security and emergency management
  • police officer
  • social worker
  • lawyer
  • cybersecurity analyst
  • advocate
  • urban planner
  • public safety program officer
  • policy analyst

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • airlines/airports
  • Canada Border Services
  • casinos/resorts
  • correctional facilities
  • courts
  • government
  • insurance companies
  • international aid organizations
  • military
  • police forces/RCMP
  • private corporations
  • social service agencies

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers identify these competencies as very important when recruiting entry-level candidates. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Gain an understanding of why some behaviours (and not others) are defined as criminal, the causes of law-breaking behaviour and how society reacts to crime.
  • Gather and assess information related to the prediction and management of criminal and deviant behaviours.
  • Develop an awareness of human and social behaviour and how it is applied to policy development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of public policy, and interpret and assess its impact on society.
  • Develop an understanding of various governmental, community and social institutions and their roles, and the ability to provide information to assist individuals and organizations to make informed decisions.
  • Gain an understanding of how cultural and societal change, and diversity within the community impacts individuals' behaviour and perceptions.
  • Study and investigate criminal activities and identify methods of prevention and justice in combination with competencies developed in second major.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration and 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.


  • 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.
  • Understand the relationship between information and its presentation, audience, time, place, and purpose.
  • Use language to communicate ideas, information and opinions clearly, concisely, and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills and demonstrate an understanding of contemporary challenges, issues and trends.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make evidence-based 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.