Career Preparation: Psychology and Related Careers

Psychology degrees aren’t just for Psychologists! While it’s true that many students go on to earn graduate degrees in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, some enter the fields of Forensic Psychology, Sports Psychology, Experimental Psychology, or Public Health.  Others become neuroscientists, brain surgeons, psychiatrists, and other medical doctors. Still others enter careers in law, public policy, or politics. Many become entrepreneurs. In short, most students who study Psychology enter the workforce in fields which require the use of “people skills,” critical thinking, and decision-making - a valuable set of skills indeed!

All students are encouraged to contact the Career Center for further career advising.

Psychology Related Careers for Recent Bachelor of Arts/Science Graduates in Psychology:

  • Advertising Coordinator
  • Animal Trainer
  • College Advisor
  • Community Relations Rep
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Merchandiser
  • Corrections Officer
  • Correctional Caseworker
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Event Manager
  • Hospice Coordinator
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Market Analyst
  • Marketing/Sales Assistant
  • Media Buyer
  • Program Developer
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Social Service Worker
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Statistician
  • Technical Writer
  • Television/Media Researcher

Careers for Psychology Students Requiring Advanced Degrees:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Cognitive Psychologist
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Developmental Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Evolutionary Psychologist
  • Experimental Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist/Neuroscientist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychometrician
  • Quantitative and Measurement Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Psychologist/Occupational Therapist
  • School Psychologist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Therapist

Additional Careers Requiring Advanced Degrees for Which Psychology Students may be Well-Suited:

  • Medicine                               
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Public Health
  • Teaching/School Administration

For more jobs for recent graduates, a concise list of careers as a Psychologist, and graduate school preparation advice, read The Insider's Guide to the Psychology Major: Everything You Need to Know About the Degree and Profession, by UC San Diego graduate and tenured Saddleback College professor Amira Wegenek.  Copies of this book are available for review in the Psychology Advising Office and in the Geisel Library.