The study of ethics usually forms either a background or an enhancement for further study or professional training in law, business, political studies, religious studies, sciences or medicine. In the rapidly changing global economy, with technology advancing by leaps and bounds and ethnic and political tensions at an all-time high, the questions that ethicists attempt to answer are becoming increasingly important. Students with a background in ethics might also consider careers in journalism, social work, criminology or education. For those interested in post-graduate study, professional ethicists work in a wide variety of fields, shaping policies in higher education, health, social welfare, law, and business.
EthicsWeb.ca is a good starting place to get an idea of the breadth of practical applications of ethics today: http://www.ethicsweb.ca/
The National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR) is an example of a nonprofit organization that would employ ethicists: