Careers in Labour Studies
A degree in Labour Studies explores how work is changing locally, across Canada, and around the globe. It teaches you how to answer questions like:
- How are new technologies (like robots) impacting jobs? How to achieve gender and racial equity at work?
- Can work be organized so it is physically safe and mentally healthy?
- Why are so many new jobs temporary or precarious?
- What role do trade unions and other forms of collective organization have in promoting our rights at work and democracy in society?
Employers value Labour Studies graduates focus on the workplace – how work intersects with our families and our communities seeking both to understand our work worlds and to find ways to make them better. As an interdisciplinary and innovative field of study, a Labour Studies degree integrates sociology, political science, law, history, economics, geography and health.
Employers seek out the skills acquired by Labour Studies graduates, such as
- The ability to articulate a clear verbal and written presentation of the research findings and evidence.
- Writing skills for a variety of audiences, including through descriptive reports and analytical papers.
- Social research skills by conducting surveys, interviews, and fieldwork.
- Strong problem-solving, research, analysis and decision-making skills.
- The ability to analyze the root causes of social problems, and to work towards solutions with people from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds.
- Learn to solve problems using critical, reasoned thought.
- Develop a well-rounded, holistic view of social and economic issues in all their complexity.
- Hone communication skills through verbal presentations, podcasts, discussions and debates and use of social media.
- Experience writing descriptive reports and analytical papers.
Examples of Labour Studies career paths*
- Human Resources Managers
- Lawyers (Human Rights and Labour Law)
- Union Representatives
- Teachers and Professors
- Occupational Health & Safety Coordinators
- Disability/Vocational Managers
- Arbitrator/Mediator (Government & private firms)
- Policy Analysts (Private & Public Sector)
- Labour Relations Managers
- International Development Officers
* This is not an exhaustive list, but it is a start in your career exploration.