Career Information for Psychology Majors
The possibilities for careers in psychology are more varied than ever. The range of work available to psychology graduates goes beyond the traditional stereotypes of laboratory researcher or individual therapist. Psychology is an extraordinarily diverse field with hundreds of career paths. Some specialties, like caring for mentally ill people, are familiar to most of us. Others, like helping with the design of advanced computer systems or studying how we remember things, are less well known.
If you are interested in a career as a psychologist, you have to complete graduate school with a major in psychology. Although a bachelor's degree in psychology will not prepare you to become a professional psychologist, an undergraduate major can mean that a student graduates with both a strong liberal arts/science education and adequate preparation for entry-level employment in one of many career paths. The undergraduate years are an excellent time for exploring careers through courses, conversations with people that have careers that interest you, internships, and part-time jobs.
The degree could be your route into entry-level employment in one of the many occupations for which psychological knowledge or skills is a job requirement or advantage: sales or personnel positions, management training or public relations, research writing or technical writing, psychological services or child care, teaching or vocational training, to name a few. However, an individual's employability in one of these areas depends greatly on the person's practical experience, as well as personal traits, abilities, and special skills. By the time you graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology, it is possible to have assembled a resume with work experience attractive to employers.