Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers (NOC 4164)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers:

  • do research, develop policy and set up or manage 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.
  • work in government departments and agencies, industry, hospitals, educational institutions, consulting establishments, professional associations, research institutes, non-government organizations and international organizations
  • may be self-employed

Watch the video below to see what a day in the life of a social policy consultant is like.

Common job titles
  • Aboriginal affairs
  • adviser, family violence prevention
  • analyst, labour market
  • analyst, social policy / welfare
  • assistant, psychology (except university)
  • child-care programs


Social policy researchers:

  • develop social programs, social legislation, or proposals based on the makeup of the population, social and economic analysis and the evaluation of pilot projects.

Home economists:

  • do research, advise consumers on the selection and proper use of food products, textiles and other consumer goods
  • teach household management skills
  • may also provide advice in the development and promotion of new food products, retail buying, social program management and small businesses

Housing policy analysts:

  • identify and assess economic, demographic, and social developments
  • report on their implications for housing policy

International aid and development project officers:

  • plan, organize and manage foreign aid and international development policies and programs

Social survey researchers:

  • develop questionnaires, coordinate and conduct surveys, analyse data, and compile and interpret statistics on social issues and policy areas

Social services planners:

  • do research, develop social programs, assess, coordinate and develop awareness of existing social services, and make sure that services are duplicated
  • may also work with land use planners to determine the impact of major land use plans for transportation, housing and recreational facilities projects

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional indoor office setting.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.