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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Development Studies

Development Studies is a multidisciplinary field that examines social, economic, and political change. You will gain cultural understanding, practical experiences, analytic skills, and research capabilities. 

Key Skills & Knowledge

Communication - Intercultural communication and cross cultural relationships; Communicate clearly and persuasively in oral and written media; Explaining ideas, writing and presenting information succinctly and clearly; Public speaking; Compiling carefully reasoned reports and essays; Grant writing

Community development - Anticipate and plan for the effect of change on the development of a community; Incorporate understanding of past issues and events as well as contemporary issues to plan and anticipate future needs; Cultural awareness and sensitivity

Analytical/Critical thinking- Able to assess and evaluate issues and trends in international development; Knowledge in history, social justice and regional development; Understand economic development, power, and international relations

Interdisciplinary lens- Familiar with the deep roots of Western culture, with one or more non-Western cultures, and with the intersections of thought that knit together politics, science, religion, art and philosophy

Project management- Organization and planning; Identify the root causes of social problems and work towards solutions with people from diverse backgrounds; Adaptable, able to work in chaotic and unpredictable environments

Qualitative and quantitative Research - Monitoring and evaluation of processes and data; Subject analysis and synthesis

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Business or Government Consultant
  • Community Development Worker
  • Development Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Economic Development Advisor/Officer
  • Economic Policy Analyst
  • Ecotourism Guide/Agent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Relations Advisor
  • Immigration Officer
  • Intelligence Officer
  • International Aid Worker
  • International Communications Expert
  • International Policy Analyst
  • International Youth Worker
  • Market Researcher
  • Peace/Human Rights Activist
  • Policy/Political Risk Analyst
  • Program Analyst
  • Project Coordinator
  • Research Assistant/Researcher
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator/Recruiter

Potential Industries

  • Business Development
  • Community Centres
  • Disaster Management & Relief
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Government  
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • International Literacy Organizations
  • International relief
  • Non-profits & NGO's
  • Policy Activist
  • Post-Secondary
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Research and Development
  • Tourism
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Arts Students' Centre
Social Sciences Building, SS102
T: 403.220-6318

Clubs on Campus: 

Development Studies Club 

Career Services

MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020