International Development Studies

Are you concerned with the discrepancies that exist between developed and developing nations? Do you want to make a difference in the developing world once you graduate? A degree in International Development Studies will allow you to foster this passion by pursuing studies of the complex social issues and developmental challenges facing many contemporary nation states. You will delve into the heart of the theory of development studies as well as the practical and pragmatic approaches of development taken by various world organizations, groups and governments.

Career Options in International Development Studies

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a International Development Studies degree than others.

  • Activist
  • Author
  • Community Worker
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Editor
  • Event Coordinator
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Administrator
  • Health Policy Planner
  • Historical Researcher
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Immigration Officer
  • Institutional Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Labour Relations Specialist
  • Labour Union Representative
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legislative Aid
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Correspondent
  • Mediator
  • NGO Director
  • Non-profit Administrator
  • Policy Researcher
  • Politician
  • Population Studies Analyst
  • Public Affairs Consultant
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Speech Writer
  • Translator

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.
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