Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Careers in Psychology

Pondering a psychology career? You can blaze a path in just about any professional arena. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates a favorable job outlook for psychologists: through 2024 overall employment of psychologists is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations, especially for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists.

Taking Advanced Degree Avenues

Many of our students pursue graduate studies in psychology or related disciplines. The occupations of clinical and research psychology require a doctoral degree in most cases. A master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree is a prerequisite for psychologist roles in an educational setting, and a master’s degree is necessary for counseling and industrial-organizational psychologist positions.

Expanding Career Routes

The scope of opportunities for psychology graduates dovetails with businesses predicted to flourish in the future. Data crunching is the next big thing — and a psychology grad is equipped to go beyond the numbers to interpret meaning, track trends, and gather insights. Scientific research, another ever-increasing field, also abounds with specialized and cross-disciplinary situations for case study, content analysis, cross-sectional study, lab and field experiments, and surveys, among other methods. In a more traditional vein, the demand for counseling and therapy services is expected to continue rising along with awareness of mental health as a component of overall well-being.

Starting Down the Road Ahead

Your psychology degree paves the way for a myriad of careers in countless settings, including government, industry, law, sports science, engineering, communications, and computers/technology. New psychology graduates entering the job market may qualify for entry-level positions in business administration, mental health, and social/human services, including:

  • Behavior Analyst
  • Case Worker
  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • College Admissions Counselor or Recruiter
  • Community Recreation Worker
  • Corrections Officer
  • Drug/Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Employee or Employment Counselor
  • Residential Youth Counselor
  • Family Service Worker
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Hospital Patient Services Representative
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Occupational Analyst
  • Program Manager
  • Public Relations
  • Store Manager
  • Staff Trainer
  • Social Service Director