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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

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                                
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                 

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

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

Match This Major To Careers

Magnifying Glass And Exploration

Internship Or Volunteer Experience

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Beginning Salary Range: 

PayScale: What Are Typical Salaries?

Salary Resources 


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  

Date 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 - career and licensure info, jobs, experts, and internships. for psychology majors exploring nursing as a career option  - resource to explore requirements for pursuing licensure as a counselor in Florida and other states. - 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 - this site is designed to simplify and expedite the search for licensure requirements in each state 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