Careers with an undergraduate degree in psychology
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology you may decide to continue your education and earn a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Psychology or a related field.
With a B.A. in Psychology you are also prepared to apply for jobs in a number of different areas.
The following resources will help you explore some career opportunities available with a B.A. or advanced degrees.
We recommend students visit the career center throughout their time at the University of Mississippi and attend events sponsored by them. The Career Center is a free resource that can assist you determine the best type of career to pursue as well as help you search for, apply to jobs, successfully interview for jobs, and negotiate salaries once you have an offer. We also recommend students register with Handshake, which is the University’s job and internship search database. Here is the student’s guide for getting an account and here is a handout with helpful tips for students.
Assess your Employable Skills Self-Efficacy
The authors of this questionnaire, Ciarocco and Strohmetz (2016) suggest that once you have taken the questionnaire and scored it, you can use the results “as the start of a personal professional development plan. Students could self-assess their strong and weak skills and then develop a long-term plan through curricular and experiential opportunities to develop weak skills. They could re-assess their skills set after they implement their professional development plan.” (p. 6).
This article by Landrum, Hettich, and Wilner (2010) provides useful information regarding what psychology alumni believe are the most important behaviors and skills employees are expected to possess by employers. You can use this information to make sure you are developing those skills during your time here.
Potential careers in psychology
There are many potential careers you can pursue with an undergraduate degree in psychology. There are also multiple websites that can help you explore potential careers.
An Online Career-Exploration Resource for Psychology Majors (2016) by Drew C. Appleby (Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis). This resource includes an “80-page student section consists of more than 2,400 hotlinks psychology majors can use to explore 300 careers they can prepare to enter that have been organized into 15 broad occupational categories to facilitate searching.”
Careers in Psych is another excellent resource. This website can help you find your career path and how to work towards that path. Below are some of the types of careers you can enter with an undergraduate degree in psychology found on www.careersinPsych.com. They also cover careers you can enter with a Masters or Doctorate degree.
Other excellent resources are available from:
The U.S. Department of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Psychologists
Dr. Margaret A. Lloyd, of Georgia Southern University, has established a website for the undergraduate psychology major. This site helps the student plan their time as an
undergraduate and provides Career Options.
Career Decision Tree for Psychology majors (Dr. Retta E. Poe of Western Kentucky University, as modified by Hanover College)
Fifteen Careers in Psychology and Related Fields are described by Dr. Melissa J. Himelein of University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Potential Careers in Psychology and Law has multiple subspecialties. See this webpage of the American Psychology-Law Society for more information about those specialties.
Potential Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology (Table compiled from CareersInPsych)
|Administration in Education (K – 12 or in Higher Ed in careers such as Alumni Affairs or in Student Support Services)||Government Worker (multiple potential careers in Local, State, and Federal government)||Psychological Assistant|
|Advertising||Health Care Educator/Worker||Psychological Technician|
|Aide to Elderly||Human Resource Management||Research Laboratory Assistant|
|Alumni Relations Officer||Investigative Researcher||Residence Life Officer|
|Animal Trainer||Joining the AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or Teach for America||Sales (e.g., Real Estate Agent)|
|Arbitrators/Mediators||Library Assistant||Social Work Assistant|
|Campus Recreation/Intramurals Coordinator||Medical Lab Technician||Student Admissions Counselor|
|Child Care Worker||Medical Scribe||Study Abroad Advisor|
|Child Protection Worker||Mental Health Technician||Teacher in K – 12 (would require additional training/certification)|
|Corrections Officer||Nutritionist/Dietician||Truancy Officer|
|Court Liaison||Paralegal/Legal Assistant||Veterinary Technician|
|Crime Analyst||Pharmaceutical Sales||Victim Advocate|
|Elder Advocate/Fundraising||Police Officer||Wildlife Care and Conservation|
|Financial Aid Advisor||Probation Officers||Working at a non-profit|
|Forensics Case Manager||Psychiatric Technician|