(NOC 4169)


This outlook is for the career grouping of Policy and Program Officers, Researchers and Consultants which includes archaeologists.

Your work prospects are rated LIMITED because:

Over the 90s, numbers in other professional occupations in social science have not changed much. Job losses in the public and parapublic sectors following the government budget cuts were offset by slight growth in the other sectors. The end of the government budget cuts led to a slight upswing in employment in the public and parapublic sectors that combined with continued growth in other sectors to result in a slight increase in the number of other professional occupations in social science.

The employment increase forecast for this occupation will nevertheless result in only a small number of job opportunities because of the relatively low number of jobs available.

The training and experience of professionals in the social sciences often gives them access to other occupations in a wide range of industrial sectors, especially as consultants and officers in public administration, college instructors and university professors.

Because more than half the workers in other professional occupations in social science work in the public and parapublic sectors, they were hard hit by the government budget cuts in the 1990s. The end of the cuts led to a slight upswing in hiring in these sectors. For example, government funding for research and development in social sciences and humanities more than doubled in real terms (taking inflation into account) between 1997-1998 and 2008-2009. If this increase primarily benefited university professors and their research activities (NOC 4121), it also improved the employment picture for members of this occupation.

Over the next few years, developments in management practices in the quantitative assessment of government policy should stimulate the demand for work on social impact measurement. In the private sector, these professionals will benefit from legislation and greater public awareness of the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of major industrial and government projects. In this kind of work, they must join multi-disciplinary teams that include engineers, urban planners, architects, economists, cartographers and financial analysts, among others.

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Last Updated: May 10, 2012