Work and Labour Studies

Ubiquitous societal concepts, work and the dynamic rapport developed between labourers and those that employ them have been accompaniments to every human civilization. If you have always been fascinated by the relationships that exist between employers and workers in Canada and around the world, studying Work and Labour Studies at York is the first step to finding a career in this field. You will follow an interdisciplinary program and will gain exposure to core ideas as the impact of globalization, the role of the state and private enterprise, the politics of labour relations as well as the social consequences of labour-related decisions.

Career Options in Work and Labour Studies

Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Work and Labour Studies. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Work and Labour Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Work and Labour Studies than others.

  • Activist
  • Career Counselor
  • Community Developer
  • Corporate Recruiter/Trainer
  • Diplomat
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Planner
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Health Policy Advisor
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Immigration Officer
  • Industrial Relations Manager
  • Journalist
  • Labour Market Researcher
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Correspondent
  • Mediator
  • Museum Curator
  • Non-Profit Organization Director
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Political Consultant
  • Politician
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Social Service Worker
  • Sociologist
  • Speech Writer
  • Teacher
  • Union Representative

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.