It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Psychology.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • The ability to identify, interpret, understand and communicate to others key social, ethical and personal issues relevant to individuals, groups and society
  • The ability to accurately assess, evaluate, understand and interpret individual and group behaviour
  • Skills in organizing and leading groups and the ability to facilitate change and understanding
  • The ability to gather relevant information, anticipate needs and make appropriate recommendations
  • Knowledge of methodologies of data collection, statistical analysis and evaluation
  • The ability to use scientific methods and tests to analyze, interpret and assess possible behaviours
  • Skills to critically evaluate and interpret theories and research and apply the results to solve problems
  • Skills to assess events and beliefs and develop responses/strategies to manage situations

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

ABA Therapist
Academic Advisor
Advertising/Media Relations
Bereavement Counsellor
Career/Employment Counsellor
Child Life Specialist
Child/Youth Worker
Community Agency Director
Community Relations
Community Worker/Advocate
Consumer Advocate
Corporate Trainer
Development Co-ordinator
Disability Services Worker
Educational Consultant
Event Planner
Forensics/Law Enforcement
Group Facilitator
Human Resources
Immigration Officer
Insurance Agent
Job Analyst
Labour Relations/Mediator
Management Consultant
Management Trainee
Market Research Analyst
Marriage and Family Therapist
Media Buyer
Mental Health Worker
Occupational Therapist
Office Administrator
Patient Care Co-ordinator
Probation Officer
Program Co-ordinator/Manager
Project Co-ordinator
Public Administration
Public Affairs Consultant
Public Opinion Researcher
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations
Public/Health Educator
Recreation Therapist
Rehabilitation Counsellor
Residence Counsellor
School/Guidance Counsellor
Seniors Program Co-ordinator
Social Policy Researcher
Social Worker/Case Manager
Sport Psychology Consultant
Student Life Co-ordinator
Teacher/Adult Educator
Underwriter/Claims Adjuster
Urban Planner
Victims Advocate
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Potential Employers

Counselling Agencies
Educational Institutions
Hospitality Industry
Human Resources Departments
Management Consulting Firms
Marketing/PR Firms
Media Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Research Organizations
Social Service Agencies
Training/Development Firms


Canadian Psychological Association
Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo
American Psychological Association
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Canadian Policy Research Networks
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Council on Social Development
Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy
Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care
Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, and Psychotherapists

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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