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Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers conduct research, develop policy and implement or administer programs in areas such as consumer affairs, employment, home economics, immigration, law enforcement, corrections, human rights, housing, labour, family services, foreign aid and international development. They are employed by government departments and agencies, industry, hospitals, educational institutions, consulting establishments, professional associations, research institutes, non-government organizations and international organizations or they may be self-employed.
Aboriginal issues lobbyist, child welfare policy analyst, community social development officer, consumer advisor, home economist, housing policy analyst, human rights officer, international aid and development project officer, labour policy analyst, policy analyst, immigration, policy consultant, employment equity, program consultant, community policing, social policy researcher, social services planner, social survey researcher (except statistician).
- Social policy researchers develop social programs, social legislation, or proposals based on demographic, social and economic analysis and the evaluation of pilot projects.
- Home economists conduct research, advise consumers on the selection and proper use of food products, textiles and other consumer goods and teach household management skills. They may also provide consultative services in the areas of development and promotion of new food products, retail buying, social program administration and small business endeavours.
- Housing policy analysts identify and assess economic, demographic, and social developments and report on their implications for housing policy.
- International aid and development project officers plan, organize and administer foreign aid and international development policies and programs.
- Social survey researchers develop questionnaires, co-ordinate and conduct surveys, analyse data, and compile and interpret statistics on social issues and policy areas.
- Social services planners conduct research, develop social programs, assess, coordinate and develop awareness of existing social services, and ensure that duplication of services is avoided. They may also work with land use planners to determine the impact of major land use plans for transportation, housing and recreational facilities projects.
Outlook & Prospects for Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers in North Shore Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|North Shore Region||2011-06-09|
Currently the chances of qualified Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. Work in this region is usually attached to the public sector. Full time employment opportunities are being advertised and usually occur as existing program officers in government retire. Preference for permanent positions is usually given to those already working with the government. Term and contract work account for occasional opportunities. Most ads indicate a minimum of a Bachelor's degree plus several years of experience.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- More than 100 people will be employed in the new prison facility in Pictou County when it opens in the fall of 2014
Week of Mar 04 – Mar 08, 2013
- Federal Youth Skills Link program provided $190,000 in funding to Antigonish CEED for two of their programs
Week of Jan 28 – Feb 01, 2013
- Cumberland County and Amherst municipal councils will stop funding the Cumberland Regional Development Agency due to changes in how regional development agencies will be structured
- The Town of Amherst and the Municipality of Cumberland have agreed to explore areas where they can share services. No staff are expected to lose employment as a result of a shared service partnership.
- The Nova Scotia government is looking to improve employment services across the province to help people interested in working to find good jobs
Week of Jan 21 – Jan 25, 2013
- Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA) is providing financial support to the Merigomish Community Centre in Pictou County for much needed renovations
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