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Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • ABA therapist
  • academic advisor
  • academic psychologist
  • addictions counsellor
  • bereavement counsellor
  • career/employment counsellor
  • child life specialist
  • clinical psychologist
  • community agency director
  • counsellor/therapist
  • criminologist
  • demographer/statistician
  • disability services worker
  • educational consultant
  • event planner
  • forensics/law enforcement
  • fundraiser
  • gerontologist
  • human resources
  • industrial-organizational psychologist
  • labour relations/mediator
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • management consultant
  • market research analyst
  • marriage and family therapist
  • mental health worker
  • occupational therapist
  • patient care coordinator
  • probation officer
  • program coordinator/manager
  • psychiatrist
  • psychometrist
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations
  • public health educator
  • recreational therapist
  • school/guidance counsellor
  • seniors program coordinator
  • social policy researcher
  • social worker/case manager
  • speech-language pathologist
  • sport psychology consultant
  • student life coordinator
  • teacher/adult educator
  • underwriter/claims adjuster
  • victims advocate
  • volunteer coordinator

Online Resources

  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • College of Psychologists of Ontario  
  • Canadian Association of Neuroscience
  • Ontario Psychological Association

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • account director
  • community wellness worker
  • human resources administrator
  • instructor therapist
  • inclusion facilitator

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Geriatric Psychology, Social Worker, Medical Science, Business Administration.
  • College program: Addictions and Mental Health, Autism and Behavioural Science, Forensic Psychology, Human Resources, Youth Justice and Interventions.
  • JD: Law.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education, Nursing, Social Work.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • brand manager
  • inclusion resource coordinator
  • education director
  • regulatory affairs associate
  • business analytics and strategy senior consultant
  • 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

  • Demonstrate a developed knowledge and critical understanding of the key concepts, methodologies, current advances, historical contexts, theoretical approaches and overarching themes in psychology.
  • Describe the diversity of research practices, methods of inference and the practical/professional implications of psychology for treatment and prevention.
  • Compare the merits of alternative theories and hypotheses relevant to one or more of the major fields of psychology.
  • Design and execute empirical research.
  • Relate psychological knowledge to personal, professional and societal concerns.
  • Learn and model the ethical standards and social responsibilities assumed by psychologists in their professional and scientific roles through research and learning.
  • Apply ethical standards and methodological practices in psychology to human and animal research.
  • Recognize how research practices are impacted by the changing nature of social, cultural and interdisciplinary influences, and by the ambiguity, complexities and limits associated with evidence-based psychological research.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • 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 Skills

  • Effectively communicate ideas, critiques and research findings, both verbally and in writing, to academic, professional and public audiences.
  • Formulate compelling and well-reasoned arguments for academic and non-academic settings.
  • Integrate information and communication technologies into scientific and professional practice.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Apply scientific reasoning and analysis to interpret and evaluate psychological phenomena based on major theories, concepts and methods.
  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Apply methodological skills and statistical techniques to solve problems.
  • 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.

Contact Us:

Kim Susanna, Undergraduate Program Assistant

E: ksusanna@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3665

Rita Sharkey, Graduate Program Assistant

E: rsharkey@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3371

Lucy Carreiro, Senior Administrative Assistant

E: lcarreiro@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3272