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Are there jobs for students with a degree in psychology? It appears so.

It has been predicted that from 2009 to 2018 there will be a need for 67,000 more psychologists and related professionals (Social Workers, Family and Marriage Counselors, Ministers of Religion, and Probation and Parole Officers) in Canada (Source: It was estimated that only about 55,000 Canadians would qualify for these jobs. Thus, 12,000 job openings may actually go unfilled. People in these jobs would do some or all of: diagnose psychological problems, counsel and provide therapy; administer psychological tests; conduct intervention programs; do research; deliver conference presentations; and provide consulting services to various organizations.

Similarly, for 2009 to 2018 there are estimated to be 18,000 social services positions that go unfilled in Canada. These are jobs that might appeal to psychology graduates. These jobs would include: “aboriginal outreach worker, addictions worker, behavioral aide, child and youth worker, community development worker, community service worker, crisis intervention worker, developmental service worker, drop-in centre worker, family service worker, financial assistance worker, group home worker, income maintenance officer – social services, life skills instructor, mental health worker, rehabilitation worker – social services, social services worker, veteran services officer, welfare and compensation officer, women's shelter supervisor, youth worker” (Source: In 2010, there were 1152 job postings in NL in social services.

The majority of Canadian Psychology graduates (BA or BSc) work in the following areas:

  • Government
  • Children, and Youth
  • Families Services
  • Women’s Centres and Groups
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Employment Organizations
  • Causes (specific)
  • Education
  • Health
  • Recreation
  • Community Development


Some specific positions that Grenfell Psychology graduates were employed in after completing their undergraduate degree include:

  • Employment counsellor
  • Wellness facilitator
  • Counselling centre intake worker
  • Interagency coordinator
  • English-as-an-additional language teacher
  • Retail management
  • Director of research
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis therapist
  • Violence outreach worker
  • Library assistant
  • International student coordinator
  • Positions in the civil service (customs to social services)


Many Grenfell Psychology graduates continued their post-secondary education and obtained a professional degrees or graduate degree (MA or PhD) in either:

  • Social work
  • Education
  • Law
  • Policing (including the RCMP)
  • Medicine
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing
  • Criminology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Counseling psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Experimental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology


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