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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.   

Typical Career Paths

Note: Many of the careers listed might require a Master's or Doctoral Degree

Human Services/Non Profit
Social Worker   Child Care Worker      Juvenile Services Agent
Fund/Development Director       Probation/Parole Officer           Psychiatric Technician

Education/Research
Research Assistant    Professor   School Administrator
School Psychologist   School Counselor   College Recruiter
Admissions Counselor   Financial Aid Counselor            Academic Advisor          
Career Counselor   Student Affairs Educator      Teacher
Forensic Psychologist                Researcher                                
Government/Politics
Social Research Specialist          Political Speechwriter       Political Opinion Analyst  
Caseworker      Legal Policy Researcher           

Human Resources/Corporate
Corporate Recruiter   Public Relations Coordinator     Consumer Behavior Analyst
Market Research Analyst   Human Resources Manager   Employee Relations Specialist
Customer Service Rep                 

Health
Physician   Occupational Therapist   Public Health Director
Clinical Psychologist   Organizational Psychologist      Neuropsychologist
Mental Health Professional        Art Therapist   Recreational Therapist
Substance Abuse Counselor        
 
Communication
News Reporter                           Sports Psychologist                  Commentator
Film Director   Screenwriter    

Typical Employers/Work Settings

Agencies   Colleges/Universities
Financial Service Companies   Government Agencies
Hospitals   Mental Health Institutions
Personnel Agencies   Real Estate Agencies
Religious Organizations   Self Employment
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    

 

Match This Major To Careers 

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Skills Needed For This Career

Interpersonal Communication (Oral and Written)   Engage in Ethical Practice
Knowledge of Human Development and Behavior   Problem Solving
Able to observe, analyze and 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
Data Analysis   Analytical/Critical Thinking
Cultural Understanding   Social Perceptiveness
Research Skills   Counseling Skills

 











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 Psychological Association
Society of Counseling Psychology 
Association for Psychological Science 
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  

Job Search/Career Information  

http://www.idealist.org/
http://www.mentalhealthjobs.com/
http://philanthropy.com/jobs/
http://www.psychologyjobs.com/
http://www.socialpsychology.org/career.htm
http://www.socialservice.com/
http://www.assisted-living-directory.com
http://www.careerprofiles.info/psychology-careers.html

http://psychologydegreeguide.org/job-resources

http://www.allpsychologycareers.com

http://www.psychologycareerzone.com

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

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

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.psychologist-license.com - this site is designed to simplify and expedite the search for licensure requirements in each state 

http://www.psychology.org- A user friendly comprehensive resources for the psychology field's prospective students and job seekers.  
LearnPsychology- This will offer extra helpful resource for your students to explore various career profiles and learn about the various disciplines within Psychology. 

Graduate Schools

Graduate and Professional Schools   

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