Careers and Jobs
Not everyone wants to become a psychologist or go to graduate school. What career options are there for someone with an undergraduate degree in psychology, or a degree related to psychology? Check out the ideas and links below, helpful both to those entering the workforce right after graduation, or for those who plan to further their education to obtain a job-specific certificate or diploma.
The University of Toronto Career Centre offers a wealth of resources, workshops, events, and job listings to assist students and recent graduates with their career search. The Psychology Department is teaming up with the Career Centre to offer events and programs specifically geared toward Psychology Undergraduates. Check out these upcoming events on the Career Event page of this website.
Information about Careers in Psychology
- Canadian Psychological Association information on careers in psychology
- Canadian Psychological Association information on becoming a psychologist
- For career descriptions, profiles and job outlooks visit the Government of Canada Working in Canada website
Job Posting Links
- University of Toronto Career Centre provides a list of job postings for students and recent graduates
- U of T Careers posts jobs for research assistants, academic advisors and more
- Charity Village is an excellent site to search for non-profit jobs
- Career Jet for students with a bachelor's degree in psychology
- Indeed for psychology-related jobs in Canada
Government Job Sites
- Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for jobs in Ontario Ontario Public Service Careers
- Ontario Internship Program for recent graduates
- Jobs with the Government of Canada
- Service Canada for information on jobs across Canada and for career resources
Additional Education and Practical Training
Consider working toward a diploma or certificate from a community college or university, taking advantage of the career training they offer. This additional qualification may meet the needs of future employers who are looking for applicants with applied training and experience. The combination of the critical thinking skills and theory training you receive at university, coupled with applied, practical training received through a community college or certificate program, are very attractive to prospective employers and may well increase your employability. Such courses are often designed specifically for those who hold an undergraduate degree, making many of the programs one year or less in length. Courses are also sometimes offered part-time, in the evenings, or via distance education, allowing you to combine them with paid employment. Plus, having this extra certificate may make promotion at your workplace more likely. And colleges also offer more direct assistance with job placements after completion.
The Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada maintains a database of all university and college programs in Canada, at all levels. Check out the program or programs that fits your area of interest. You can also browse through the ‘fields of study’ for program ideas that you may never been aware of, or considered. Another source of related information is the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).
Graduates unanimously agree that working in your field as a volunteer, with a not-for-profit organization, with campus organizations, or elsewhere is invaluable. It is the best way to gain the relevant job experience that will catch the attention of future employers. And you can make a contribution at the same time. Below are some volunteering websites for you to check out, both on and off campus.
- Volunteer at the University of Toronto:
- Research and Lab Positions with the Psychology Department
- Volunteer Canada provides information on volunteering and links to volunteer centres across Canada
- Charity Village is another source to search for volunteer opportunities