A Degree in Psychology

The possibilities for careers in psychology are more varied than ever. The range of work available to psychology graduates goes beyond laboratory researcher or individual therapist. Although a bachelor's degree in psychology will not prepare you to become a professional psychologist (students interested in a career as a therapist must complete a graduate program), 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.

Psychology majors are prepared for a variety of career paths, including research assistant, marketing, human resources, customer service, and human services. The skills students obtain through their psychology coursework prepare them for a wide variety of career paths. However, an individual's employability in one of these areas depends greatly on the person's practical experience (internships, volunteer, research experience, etc.) as well as personal traits, abilities, and special skills.

Career options are limitless with a liberal arts and science foundation, with many psychology majors continuing on to graduate studies in social and behavioral sciences, law, medicine, healthcare services, business, education, and more.


Transferable Skills

A psychology degree offers:

  • Critical thinking
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Research design
  • Scientific writing
  • Statistical analysis


Some Careers in Psychology

CareerStarting Salary
Case Manager$27,312
Office Manager$25,532
Behavior Technician$26,000
Human Resource Generalist$34,228
Program Coordinator$38,000

Source: PayScale- BA Psy, PayScalre- BS Psy and Indeed


Graduate Study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in:

  • Ph.D. Psychology Programs
  • Mental Health Master Degree Programs
  • Business Graduate Programs 
  • Education Graduate Programs
  • Law School
  • Medical/Dental School
  • Health Sciences Programs


Notable People With a Psychology Major


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