The psychology major prepares students for careers in a variety of psychology-related settings including research laboratories, mental health agencies, hospitals, academic institutions, business, industry, and public organizations. Obtaining a bachelor degree in psychology from an accredited 4-year University should prepare you for graduate training in fields such as experimental, clinical, and counseling psychology, teaching, social work, medicine, law, business and management, and public administration. is a website with lots of good information about career options for people with degrees of any type (associate’s, bachelors, masters, and doctoral).

Here is another article with good information about what you can do with a degree in psychology.  Key statistic:  Only about 25% of people with an undergraduate psychology degree work in a career that is closely related to the field.  Yes, that may not seem that great, but that doesn’t mean you will necessarily be unemployed. Instead, people can adapt their understanding of psychology and apply it to a WIDE range of career choices, some closely related to psychology (like Public Relations or Human Resources Counselors) and some seemingly not but nonetheless make heavy use of your understanding of human behavior and emotion (like sales!).

Realistically, if you want to “do psychology” you really need to consider going to graduate school.  However, there are many careers where your knowledge of psychology will be helpful. The following is a list of 100 occupations from the Department of Occupational Titles (DOT) that are appropriate for people with degrees in psychology (note: several of these require additional degrees beyond the BA or BS).  Note that this list is not exhaustive, but hopefully gets your creative juices flowing and shows you what options are available for someone with a degree in psychology.

Academic Counselor

Advertising Sales Representative

Alumni Director

Animal Trainer

Applied Statistician

Art Therapist

Benefits Manager

Career Information Specialist


Chief Psychologist

Child Development Specialist

Child Psychologist

Child Welfare/Placement Caseworker

Claims Supervisor

Clinical Psychologist


College/University Professor

Community Organization Worker

Community Worker

Comparative Psychologist

Computer Programmer

Conservation Officer

Correctional Treatment Specialist

Corrections Officer

Counseling Psychologist

Criminal Investigator (FBI, etc)

Customer Service Representative Supervisor

Data Base Administrator

Data Base Design Analyst

Delinquency Prevention Social Worker

Department Manager

Developmental Psychologist


Educational Psychologist

Elementary School Teacher

Employee Relations Specialist

Employment Counselor

Employment Interviewer

Engineering Psychologist

Experimental Psychologist

Family Counselor/Caseworker

Financial Aid Counselor

Fund Raiser I

Fund Raiser II

Group Worker

Guidance Counselor

Health Care Facility Administrator

High School Teacher

Human Resource Advisor

Industrial/Organizational Psychologist

Information Specialist

Job Analyst


Loan Officer

Management Analyst

Market Research Analyst

Marriage and Family Counselor

Medical Social Worker

Mental Retardation Aide

Military Psychologist

Minister, Priest, Rabbi, Chaplain, etc.

Music Therapist




News Writer


Occupational Analyst

Occupational Therapist


Patient Resources and Reimbursement Agent



Personnel Psychologist

Personnel Recruiter



Physical Therapist


Police Officer

Polygraph Examiner

Preschool Teacher

Probation/Parole Officer

Psychiatric Aide/Attendant

Psychiatric Social Worker

Psychiatric Technician


Psychological Anthropologist

Psychological Stress Evaluator


Public Health Director

Public Relations Representative

Purchasing Agent

Real Estate Agent

Recreation Leader

Recreation Supervisor

Recreational Therapist

Research Assistant

Retail Salesperson

School Psychologist

School Social Worker                                          

Social Group Worker

Social Psychologist

Social Services Aide

Speech Pathologist

Substance Abuse Counselor

Systems Analyst

Teacher for the Emotionally Impaired

Teacher for the Hearing Impaired

Teacher for the Learning Disabled

Teacher for the Mentally Impaired

Teacher for the Visually Impaired

Technical Writer

Therapist for the Blind

Veterans Contact Representative


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Vocational Training Teacher

Volunteer Coordinator


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