Careers in Psychology
Students who earn a B.A. in psychology go on to careers in hundreds of different areas. This is because "knowing about people" and "being good with people" is important in many jobs. Students of psychology learn a lot about people – all kinds of people: children; adolescents; older adults; people with special characteristics. Students of psychology also learn a lot about doing research and applying what they have learned to help people.
Many students who earn a B.A. in psychology seek an initial job in a career area. Many other students go directly to some form of post-graduate education for advanced training. Career areas for students with a B.A. in psychology include many, many career categories, including:
- -Human/Community Services
- -Public Relations
- -Customer Services/Sales
Want to know more, much more, about this topic? Read What can you do with a B.A. in Psychology? (.pdf).
All of us are very interested in psychology as a profession. We want to help you consider your characteristics and to reach your professional goals.
Earning a B.A. in psychology is a valuable foundation for advanced study in many areas. If you continue your study in areas within psychology you can earn an advanced degree, an M.A., Psy.D., or Ph.D., for example. In most cases the job title "psychologist" is reserved for people who have earned an advanced degree.
Career areas for students who earn an advanced degree include:
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- Developmental/Child Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Experimental Psychology
- School Psychology
- Counseling Psychology
- Social Psychology
After graduation from college, if you continue your education in an area outside of psychology, you will find that your background in psychology can be very helpful in career areas such as business, education, social work, art therapy, law, and medicine.
The American Psychological Association provides in depth information on Psychology Careers for the Twenth-first Century.