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We have followed the career paths of more than 11,700 alumni of Bachelors programs offered in the Faculty of Public Affairs. Explore the infographic below to find out more about their rewarding careers!

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The information represented in these displays is drawn from databases maintained by Carleton’s Alumni Services. It was voluntarily provided by some of our graduates and does not represent a scientific sample of all graduates. Some students in this sample will have also completed other degrees, including at more advanced levels. Individual experiences and outcomes can differ from those represented here.

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These data are organized by sector of employment, not by job or position titles. So, for example, an accountant working for an automobile manufacturer will be included in the Resources, Manufacturing and Trades sector.


Sector 1: Education
This sector includes all positions within the education sector such as teachers, teaching assistants, librarians and personal support workers.  Carleton University graduates in this sector would include the many professors that went on to study and work at world-renowned universities such as Yale University and New York University. 


Sector 2: Finance, Insurance and Property Industries
This sector includes establishments involved in the rental and leasing of various goods, as well as selling and leasing of real estate.  It also includes banking and investment industries as well as insurance industries.  Some examples of employment in this sector are communications advisor to the World Bank as well as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada.


Sector 3: Government
This sector is comprised of all public service positions in all tiers of government:  federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, Indigenous and international.  Some examples of positions in this sector held by our graduates include Ambassadors to a number of countries and directors of United Nations agencies.  


Sector 4: Health Care and Social Support
This sector includes all positions in health care, such as nurses, doctors and support staff, as well as in social work (including social programs working with children and youth).  It also includes cultural and political advocacy groups.  There are several Carleton University graduates working within the health care system as doctors, and even with the United Nations on projects such as the World Food Program.


Sector 5: Media, Communication and IT Industries
This sector includes broadcasting, print, television, online media and movies, as well as the information technology sector such as data processing.  It also includes information industries like archives and libraries.  Many Carleton University graduates have gone on to be anchors and reporters in well-known companies like CBC, and include an editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest.


Sector 6: Other Service Industries
This includes positions in the retail industry, the performing arts, airlines, spectator sports and most consulting agencies.  It also includes positions within: recreational facilities; food, beverage and accommodations establishments such as restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and cruise providers.  Jobs such as President of Farm Boy and Senior President of Mary Kay Cosmetics Canada, both formerly held by Carleton University graduates, would fit into this category.


Sector 7: Resources, Manufacturing and Trades
This sector is comprised of establishments in the resource industry, such as oil extraction, agriculture and mining; manufacturing industries; trades, such as automotive and construction; as well as administration industries.  This sector includes many Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of private-sector companies.

 
Sector 8: The Professions
This sector includes the professions of engineering, architecture, law, politics, accounting and management consultants as well as advertising and public relations industries.  It also includes scientific and technical services such as computer systems design.  A large number of Carleton University graduates in this sector are lawyers, many of which are partners, or own their own firm.

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