What SDS grads are doing

SDS Careers

The diversity and flexibility of your Social Development Degree (SDS) means that your career opportunities are endless.  The combination of experiential and classroom learning in the SDS program will help prepare you for post-graduate programs and/or careers in fields like social work, counselling, education, communications, public service, legal and international service organizations, non-profits and other helping professions.

SDS Graduates in the Workplace

Did you know that jobs in law, social, community, and government services represent some the fastest growing occupations in Canada over the last ten years? This means that Social Development Studies graduates enter a workforce that is hungry for their skills! The high-demand of the job market, combined with the world-class reputation of our program and hands-on learning opportunities, make SDS graduates competitive candidates for local and global employers. 

employment statistics for sds grads

Our alumni have excelled in such roles as:

Campus Counsellor – Power to Change

Case Manager – Canadian Mental Health Association

Child Protection Worker – Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Community Mental Health Consultant - Government of Nunavut

Community Resource Coordinator – Community Living

Community Support Specialist - Centre for International Governance Innovation

Crisis Support Worker – Canadian Mental Health Association

Teacher, Special Education – Waterloo Region District School Board

Education Specialist – Med E-Care Healthcare Solutions Inc.

Employment Counsellor – Metro Toronto Community Services

Manager, Direct Service (Employment & Income Support) - Region of Waterloo

Program Consultant - Addiction Research Foundation

Program Coordinator – Ministry of Attorney General

Public Education Coordinator – Alzheimers Society of Huron County

Social Planning Associate – Guelph Wellington United Way

Supervisor of Specialized Services – Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

Administrative Coordinator, Ministry of Community & Social Services, Ontario

Recruitment Consultant, Manulife Financial

Marketing Analyst, Microsoft Canada

Community Service Order Coordinator/Assistant, John Howard Society

Program & Development
 – City of Kitchener

Lawyer- Rochon & Genova LLP, Toronto


Interested in a Career in Social Work?

Upon completing the Social Development Studies program, you can apply directly to the 10-month Bachelor of Social Work program (BSW). For more information please visit their website.

During the program you will split your time between the classroom and the field. As a BSW student at Renison, you will gain 720 hours of field placement experience, applying knowledge learned in the classroom to the real-world.

Upon completing the program, you can apply to become a registered social work and enter the workforce as an experienced and educated professional.

SDS Spotlight

Check out our SDS Spotlight, where we share the stories of our current and graduated SDS students.

SDS Spotlight