Jobs with a First Nations Studies Degree
Although an education in First Nations studies does not provide professional training for specific careers, it does provide you with an education that prepares you for careers in which collaboration with First Nations communities plays an important role.
For an idea of what jobs are specifically relevant to this degree, take a look at our Job Board for First Nations Studies Students & Grads below. It’s a list of job openings in career fields related to First Nations Studies, and similar fields.
Job Board for First Nations Studies Students & Grads
More On What You Can Do with a First Nations Studies Degree
With this degree, you may choose to pursue careers directly related to your major, such as Aboriginal Housing Advocate, Lobbyist or Political Researcher. You may also choose to pursue careers that are indirectly related to the degree, such as Paralegal or Journalist.
You may even decide to pursue graduate studies in order to further your education and advanced your skills and knowledge in a specialized area. As you can see, there are no shortage of options, it's just a matter of discovering what path you want to take
So, if you’d like to know more about what you can do with a First Nations studies degree, read on below. This First Nations studies careers guide contains detailed occupational information on career paths relevant to this degree. Included are job descriptions, expected salaries, educational requirements and other pertinent information related to these careers.
What a First Nations Studies Degree Teaches You
First Nations studies is the examination of various social, political, cultural and historical aspects of First Nations peoples. It provides you with multiple points of reference to analyze the history, languages, politics, psychology, health, arts and sociology of various First Nations peoples in North America and around the world.
The purpose of a First Nations studies program is to gain an understanding of the factors that impact local and global First Nations peoples. Determining these factors helps you develop strategies towards contemporary issues facing indigenous peoples today.
Employable Skills of First Nations Studies Graduates
As a First Nations studies graduate, you’ll have a multitude of unique employable skills as a result of your coursework. These skills are most relevant when pursuing a career that involves collaboration with First Nations communities in some capacity. These skills include:
• A thorough understanding of the similarities and differences of First Nations societies within their own communities and the world
• An open-minded point of view
• Awareness of current social issues facing different First Nations groups
• Able to identify and understand complex issues and challenges facing First Nations peoples
• Ability to examine these issues from various perspectives
• Sensitivity to preconceptions and stereotypes
• Ability to examine issues surrounding, and form conclusions regarding First Nations peoples and their interaction with western cultures
• Ability to identify creative ways to overcome current challenges with respect to problems with cross cultural knowledge, experience and tolerance
• An understanding of federal First Nations policies, related laws and sovereignty issues
• An understanding of First Nations societies, languages, identities, cultures, world views and political issues
Career Guides: Relevant to a First Nations Studies Degree
Below is a list of careers you can pursue based on the skills you’ve gained as a result of your First Nations studies degree. Some of these careers are more relevant to your degree than others, although all of them can make use of the skills you’ve earned.
Gaining Practical Career Experience as a Student
Pursuing an internship, field experience, practicum or co-op opportunity in career fields related to your First Nations studies degree is the best way to gain work experience while you are still a student. Work experience opportunities give students a chance to work in collaboration with various First Nations organizations.
How to Find First Nations Studies Internships
Your school may or may not require you to participate in an internship or other form of work experience program. If it is an academic requirement, you will likely have the opportunity arranged for you. If it is not a requirement, speak with your professors, other First Nations studies department staff as well as your school’s guidance and career counselors to help you find a suitable opportunity.
If seeking an internship from an outside source, be cautious, as many internship opportunities operate in the grey area of employment law, and are designed to use students as free labour in order to perform mundane tasks.
First Nations Studies Jobs
Are you a First Nations studies student or graduate looking for a job to help you pay for school, or to launch you career? Give our job board a try; we are sure to have an opportunity suited to your needs.
How Much You Can Earn as a First Nations Studies Graduate
You may be curious as to what salary you can earn as a First Nations studies graduate first entering the work force. The truth is, your salary could vary drastically, and is heavily dependent on the following factors (not an inclusive list):
• Your level of education (such as if you went on to graduate studies)
• The industry in which you find work
• The size and type of your employer
• The region in which you work
• Other work experience you may have accrued
• Other skills you may have
First Nations Studies Graduate Salary Ontario: According to a study in 2011 conducted by the Ontario Council of Universities, $38,497 CAD is the average salary earned by Humanities graduates, 2 years after graduating from Ontario universities in 2008.
This figure is a composite of all graduates who earned a Bachelor’s degree in “Humanities”, not specifically for First Nations studies graduates. Unfortunately similar statistics for other Canadian provinces and the United States cannot be found from reputable sources.
First Nations Studies Scholarships
Are you a First Nations studies major looking for help paying for school? Search our scholarships database for Canadian and American First Nations studies-specific scholarships.
Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any and all scholarships for which you qualify, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships in Canada and the United States that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants.
First Nations Studies Careers: Professional Associations
Professional associations are collections of practitioners, organizations and agencies committed to the support, development and enhancement of the professions relevant to the field of First Nations studies.
If you are interested in a career directly related to your First Nations studies degree, you should consult these websites for more information: