Your degree in Cognitive Systems

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Cognitive Systems programs, you’re learning the principles and approaches used by both natural and artificial intelligence systems. You’ll develop important skills and investigate issues related to the study of the mind and the interfaces between different forms of intelligent agents.

These skills may include:

  • Application of principles and techniques used by natural and artificial intelligent systems
  • Research, collection, synthesis, and presentation of information across diverse subjects
  • Evaluation of the connections between computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology, and relating them to real-world applications
  • Observation of issues through diverse perspectives grounded in theories
  • Critical thinking and ability to debate different sides of an argument while considering philosophical and ethical implications
  • Collaboration and teamwork with individuals from different backgrounds
  • Design of new intelligent systems or interfaces, through digital or machine touchpoints

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including research and development, technology, finance, public health, education, consulting, manufacturing, transportation, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Animal health technologist
  • Artificial intelligence designer
  • Biological technologist
  • Business manager
  • Business systems analyst
  • Child life specialist
  • Cognitive neuroscientist
  • Consultant
  • Crime scene examiner
  • Data analyst
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Gerontologist
  • Guidance counsellor
  • Human-computer interface designer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Information systems manager
  • Linguistics advisor
  • Mediator
  • Member of Parliament
  • Mental health worker
  • Occupational therapist
  • Pharmaceutical researcher
  • Psychologist
  • Public affairs officer
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Robotics specialist
  • Scientific programmer
  • Social policy researcher
  • Social worker
  • Software developer
  • Speech pathologist
  • Systems quality assurance analyst
  • Technical support analyst
  • Technical writer
  • UX/UI designer
  • Web developer

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Cognitive Systems graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Science degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Science degree.