What Can You Do With A Major In Psychology?  


Psychology is the study of human as well as animal behavior. It is the study and understanding

 of normal and abnormal behavior, mental ability, perception, developmental, and individual 

differences. Psychology allows one to acquire skills in research, information gathering, and 

analytical thinking. Psychology involves many areas of specialization, which may include 

behavioral neuroscience, cognitive, clinical, educational, social, developmental, and 

organizational psychology

Psychology (B.A. Degree)
Psychology (B.S. Degree)



Typical Career Paths

Human Services
Human Resources



Some Related Career Titles

 To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook)  and see 

the related print resources in the Career Services Library.


 With a Master's Degree

Clinical Psychologists


Social Workers

School Psychologists

Educational Psychologists

Industrial-organizational Psychologists

Forensic Psychologists

Human Factors Psychologists


With a Bachelor's Degree 

Case Management 

Career Counselor 

Rehabilitation Specialist 

Psychiatric Technician 


General Career Directions
Child Psychologist
Clinical Child Psychologist
Cognitive Psychologist
Community Worker
Forensic Psychologist
Occupational Therapist
Research Psychologist
Social Services Administrator
Social Worker



Typical Employers/Work Settings

Financial Service Companies
Government Agencies
Mental Health Institutions 
Personnel Agencies
Real Estate Agencies
Religious Organizations
Social Service Agencies
Substance Abuse Clinic
Senior Citizen Center
Nursing Homes
Employee Assistance Programs 
College/University Counseling Center
Rehabilitation Facilities
Private Practice
Market Research Firms
Non Profit Organizations
Retail Stores
Insurance Companies
Real Estate Companies
Property Management Firms
Public Relations Firms


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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Summer 2011 Salary Survey, starting salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology start at about $40,069 a year.

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Skills Needed For This Career

 Interpersonal Communication (oral and written)

 Engage in Ethical Practice

 Knowledge of Human Development & Behavior

 Problem Solving

 Able to Observe, Analyze, & Interpret Information

 Decision Making

 Concern for and Sensitivity to Others

 Interviewing Techniques

 Critical and Inferential Thinking

 Good Listener

 Insight to Deal Effectively with People

 Able to Promote Healthy Relationships

 Ability to Resolve or Mediate Conflicts

 Understanding of Group Dynamics




Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Counseling Association  
American Mental Health Counselor Association
American Psychological Association 
American Public Human Services Associate
Association of Psychological Science  

American Psychological Association
Society of Counseling Psychology
Association for Psychological Science
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
National Board for Certified Counselors
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Society for Human Resource Management
Association for Applied Sports Psychology
National Association of School Psychologists

American Board of Forensic Psychologists



Job Search/Career Information 

National Organizations or Databases 





http://www.careersinpsychology.org - career and licensure info, jobs, experts, and internships.

http://nursingdegreeguide.com/psych- for psychology majors exploring nursing as a career option

http://www.counselor-license.com  - resource to explore requirements for pursuing licensure as a counselor in Florida and other states.

http://www.onlinepsychologydegrees.com/psychology-careers - A free resource that strives to provide honest and in-depth information for people looking to reach career goals including job descriptions and requirements and helpful Q&As with experts in the field.

http://www.psychologydegree411.com - free resource for students looking to enter or advance in the psychology field with in-depth school and career advice articles, profiles of psychology degree programs, and state-by-state guides to licensure
http://www.mastersinpsychologyguide.com/articles/psychology-career-options -   Psychology career guide
http://www.psychologist-license.com - this site is designed to simplify and expedite the search for licensure requirements in each state

http://www.learnpsychology.org/pre-professional-experience - This guidebook was created to help students find the best internships, work-study programs, and other pre-professional psychology experiences available.   Guide includes:  exhaustive list of available pre-professional options; pros and cons of each opportunity; tips for moving into a professional or academic career

http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/volunteers-and-nonprofit-careers - guidebook for students and young professionals seeking careers in the non profit sector.   
http://www.psychology.org- A user friendly comprehensive resources for the psychology field's prospective students and job seekers.  
http://createacareer.org/psychology-degree-jobs - Includes 90 applicable job profiles for psychology majors.
LearnPsychologyThis will offer extra helpful resource for your students to explore various career profiles and learn about the various disciplines within Psychology.





Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Arts in Psychology and other related programs
University of North Florida- General Psychology 
Barry University
Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Miami 
Other resources for graduate program research





http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/psychology-programs - comprehensive list of national and regional internships, scholarships for psychology majors, career insights, online classes



Link To UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in  Psychology.  



Holland Codes 

Psychology- Investigative; Social; Artistic (ISA)

Child Psychology- Social; Artistic; Investigative (SAI)


Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice