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1. Human Resources Coordinator

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??Chicago, IL;??Atlanta, GA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Dallas, TX;??Charlotte, NC;??San Diego, CA;??Phoenix, AZ;??San Antonio, TX;??
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

2. Recruiter

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Houston, TX;??Atlanta, GA;??Dallas, TX;??Tampa, FL;??Indianapolis, IN;??Austin, TX;??Charlotte, NC;??Phoenix, AZ;??
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

3. Social Worker

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Los Angeles, CA;??Washington, DC;??Philadelphia, PA;??Chicago, IL;??Cleveland, OH;??Baltimore, MD;??Seattle, WA;??Columbus, OH;??Phoenix, AZ;??
Job Description:
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

4. Human Resources Generalist

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??Atlanta, GA;??Chicago, IL;??Washington, DC;??Dallas, TX;??Philadelphia, PA;??Charlotte, NC;??Los Angeles, CA;??Phoenix, AZ;??
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

5. Research Assistant

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Boston, MA;??Chicago, IL;??Washington, DC;??Los Angeles, CA;??Philadelphia, PA;??Ann Arbor, MI;??Atlanta, GA;??Baltimore, MD;??San Diego, CA;??
Job Description:
A Research Assistant helps carry out a particular research agenda. They are generally found in the social science or laboratory setting.
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6. Program Coordinator

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Washington, DC;??Chicago, IL;??Los Angeles, CA;??Boston, MA;??Philadelphia, PA;??Houston, TX;??Seattle, WA;??Atlanta, GA;??Baltimore, MD;??
Job Description:
Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

7. Human Resource Specialist

Top Locations:
Washington, DC;??New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??Fort Hood, TX;??Atlanta, GA;??Charlotte, NC;??Jackson, SC;??San Antonio, TX;??Phoenix, AZ;??Chicago, IL;??
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

8. Counselor

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Philadelphia, PA;??Chicago, IL;??Miami, FL;??Los Angeles, CA;??Charlotte, NC;??Richmond, VA;??Atlanta, GA;??Houston, TX;??Washington, DC;??
Job Description:
A Counselor helps people to explore feelings and emotions that are often related to past and present experiences. They work with individuals, groups, and communities to improve their mental health.

9. Human Resources Assistant

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??Washington, DC;??Chicago, IL;??Los Angeles, CA;??San Diego, CA;??Atlanta, GA;??Philadelphia, PA;??Dallas, TX;??Phoenix, AZ;??
Job Description:
Information clerks perform routine clerical duties such as maintaining records, collecting data, and providing information to customers.

10. Therapist

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Philadelphia, PA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Atlanta, GA;??Chicago, IL;??Houston, TX;??Miami, FL;??Phoenix, AZ;??Oklahoma City, OK;??Tulsa, OK;??
Job Description:
Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.

11. Human Resources Internship

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Washington, DC;??Houston, TX;??Philadelphia, PA;??Boston, MA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Atlanta, GA;??Minneapolis, MN;??San Diego, CA;??
Job Description:
Information clerks perform routine clerical duties such as maintaining records, collecting data, and providing information to customers.

12. Psychologist

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??San Juan, PR;??Los Angeles, CA;??Philadelphia, PA;??Detroit, MI;??Phoenix, AZ;??Ponce, PR;??San Diego, CA;??San Francisco, CA;??Arecibo, PR;??
Job Description:
Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments.

13. School Psychologist

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Washington, DC;??Chicago, IL;??Philadelphia, PA;??Detroit, MI;??Chula Vista, CA;??Atlanta, GA;??Easton, CT;??Los Angeles, CA;??Phoenix, AZ;??
Job Description:
Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments.

14. Research Internship

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Washington, DC;??Boston, MA;??Chicago, IL;??Philadelphia, PA;??San Diego, CA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Houston, TX;??Baltimore, MD;??Atlanta, GA;??
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.

15. Office Assistant

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??Chicago, IL;??Los Angeles, CA;??Washington, DC;??Miami, FL;??Philadelphia, PA;??Boston, MA;??Atlanta, GA;??Baltimore, MD;??
Job Description:
General office clerks perform a variety of clerical tasks, including answering telephones, typing documents, and filing records.

16. Psychiatrist

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Alpharetta, GA;??Andrews Air Force Base, MD;??Boise, ID;??Darby, PA;??Dayton, OH;??Denver, CO;??Fayetteville, NC;??Georgetown, TX;??Houston, TX;??
Job Description:
Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

17. Mental Health Technician

Top Locations:
Tulsa, OK;??Dothan, AL;??Las Vegas, NV;??Petersburg, VA;??Baton Rouge, LA;??San Antonio, TX;??Houston, TX;??Kankakee, IL;??Philadelphia, PA;??Birmingham, AL;??
Job Description:
Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. Aides help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment.

18. Behavior Technician

Top Locations:
Novi, MI;??Sacramento, CA;??Worthington, OH;??Miami, FL;??Fresno, CA;??Pensacola, FL;??San Diego, CA;??Las Vegas, NV;??Coventry, RI;??San Jose, CA;??
Job Description:
Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. Aides help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment.

19. Account Executive

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Atlanta, GA;??Los Angeles, CA;??San Francisco, CA;??Houston, TX;??Dallas, TX;??Austin, TX;??Denver, CO;??Miami, FL;??
Job Description:
Account Executives are responsible for looking after the company's client as well as keeping the company-client relationships at a high standard. Their goal is to increase the amount of business a company does with those clients.

20. Medical Assistant

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??San Antonio, TX;??Phoenix, AZ;??Las Vegas, NV;??Chicago, IL;??Philadelphia, PA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Jacksonville, FL;??Dallas, TX;??
Job Description:
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

21. Business Analyst

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Houston, TX;??Atlanta, GA;??Boston, MA;??Charlotte, NC;??Dallas, TX;??Minneapolis, MN;??San Francisco, CA;??Philadelphia, PA;??
Job Description:
A business analyst is someone who analyzes an organization or business domain (real or hypothetical) and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology.

22. Certified Nursing Assistant

Top Locations:
Chicago, IL;??New York, NY;??Saint Louis, MO;??Philadelphia, PA;??Milwaukee, WI;??Houston, TX;??Indianapolis, IN;??Baltimore, MD;??Cincinnati, OH;??Louisville, KY;??
Job Description:
Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

23. Data Analyst

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??Chicago, IL;??Atlanta, GA;??Washington, DC;??Boston, MA;??Austin, TX;??Charlotte, NC;??Dallas, TX;??San Francisco, CA;??
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

24. Management Trainee

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Atlanta, GA;??Chicago, IL;??Houston, TX;??Saint Louis, MO;??Miami, FL;??Los Angeles, CA;??Dallas, TX;??Orlando, FL;??Columbus, OH;??
Job Description:
Management trainees work closely with more senior managers in a department and perform delegated managerial tasks with an goal of earning a promotion to become a manager in the future.

25. Behavior Therapist

Top Locations:
Los Angeles, CA;??Miami, FL;??San Jose, CA;??San Diego, CA;??Milford, MA;??Natick, MA;??San Francisco, CA;??Chicago, IL;??Jacksonville, FL;??New York, NY;??
Job Description:
Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with family and other relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

26. Service Coordinator

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??Chicago, IL;??Philadelphia, PA;??Pittsburgh, PA;??Las Vegas, NV;??Atlanta, GA;??Dallas, TX;??San Antonio, TX;??La Crosse, WI;??
Job Description:
Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

27. Mental Health Associate

Top Locations:
Atlanta, GA;??Lexington, KY;??San Marcos, TX;??Birmingham, AL;??Louisville, KY;??Bowling Green, KY;??Travelers Rest, SC;??New York, NY;??Philadelphia, PA;??Plainville, MA;??
Job Description:
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

28. Consultant

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Washington, DC;??Houston, TX;??Atlanta, GA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Boston, MA;??San Francisco, CA;??Dallas, TX;??Charlotte, NC;??
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

29. Clinical Psychologist

Top Locations:
San Juan, PR;??New York, NY;??Caguas, PR;??San Diego, CA;??Guaynabo, PR;??San Francisco, CA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Miami, FL;??Bayamn, PR;??Ponce, PR;??
Job Description:
Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments.

30. Analyst

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Houston, TX;??Indianapolis, IN;??Detroit, MI;??Washington, DC;??Austin, TX;??Atlanta, GA;??Tampa, FL;??Dallas, TX;??
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

31. Research Associate

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Washington, DC;??San Diego, CA;??Las Vegas, NV;??Boston, MA;??Chicago, IL;??San Francisco, CA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Philadelphia, PA;??Cambridge, MA;??
Job Description:
A Research Associate plans, organizes, and conducts research in scientific, cultural, historical, or artistic. They conduct literature, collect and analyze data, and recruit and/or interview new people.

32. Operations Associate

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??San Francisco, CA;??Chicago, IL;??Boston, MA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Buffalo, NY;??Madison, WI;??Washington, DC;??Houston, TX;??Austin, TX;??

33. Psychological Assistant

Top Locations:
Los Angeles, CA;??San Diego, CA;??San Francisco, CA;??Berkeley, CA;??Mexia, TX;??New York, NY;??Long Beach, CA;??Pasadena, CA;??Richmond, TX;??Santa Monica, CA;??
Job Description:
Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

34. Clinical Psychology Internship

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Los Angeles, CA;??Washington, DC;??Baltimore, MD;??Philadelphia, PA;??Newark, NJ;??Houston, TX;??Miami, FL;??San Diego, CA;??
Job Description:
Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments.

35. Mental Health Worker

Top Locations:
Tuscaloosa, AL;??Katonah, NY;??Towson, MD;??Philadelphia, PA;??Jacksonville, NC;??Brattleboro, VT;??Chicago, IL;??Baltimore, MD;??Billings, MT;??Ellicott City, MD;??
Job Description:
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

36. Outside Sales Representative

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;??Phoenix, AZ;??Chicago, IL;??New York, NY;??San Antonio, TX;??Dallas, TX;??Atlanta, GA;??Denver, CO;??San Diego, CA;??Charlotte, NC;??
Job Description:
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. They contact customers, explain product features, answer any questions that their customers may have, and negotiate prices.

37. Recruiting Coordinator

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Houston, TX;??San Francisco, CA;??Seattle, WA;??Atlanta, GA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Austin, TX;??Boston, MA;??Charlotte, NC;??
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

38. Human Resources Associate

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Atlanta, GA;??Boston, MA;??Charlotte, NC;??Washington, DC;??Greensboro, NC;??Houston, TX;??Los Angeles, CA;??San Francisco, CA;??
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

39. Mental Health Specialist

Top Locations:
Ruston, LA;??Chicago, IL;??Baton Rouge, LA;??Lake Villa, IL;??Cincinnati, OH;??New Orleans, LA;??Lincoln, NE;??Anchorage, AK;??Shreveport, LA;??Columbia, SC;??
Job Description:
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

40. Behavioral Health Technician

Top Locations:
Phoenix, AZ;??Delray Beach, FL;??Tucson, AZ;??West Palm Beach, FL;??Fort Lauderdale, FL;??Boynton Beach, FL;??Lake Worth, FL;??Springfield, MO;??Mesa, AZ;??Tampa, FL;??
Job Description:
Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. Aides help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment.

41. Psychometrist

Top Locations:
Atlanta, GA;??Charlotte, NC;??Alpharetta, GA;??Austin, TX;??Decatur, GA;??Grand Rapids, MI;??Metairie, LA;??Savannah, GA;??Fredericksburg, VA;??Marietta, GA;??
Job Description:
Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments.

42. ABA Therapist

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??Indianapolis, IN;??San Jose, CA;??Worcester, MA;??Austin, TX;??Boston, MA;??Meriden, CT;??New Bedford, MA;??Fayetteville, NC;??
Job Description:
Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with family and other relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

43. Mental Health Counselor

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Richmond, VA;??Newport News, VA;??Saint Paul, MN;??Orlando, FL;??Waltham, MA;??Virginia Beach, VA;??Danville, VA;??Philadelphia, PA;??
Job Description:
Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with family and other relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

44. Project Coordinator

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??Chicago, IL;??Atlanta, GA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Charlotte, NC;??Washington, DC;??Dallas, TX;??San Francisco, CA;??Boston, MA;??
Job Description:
A Project Coordinator runs, administers, and organizes all project activities in an organization. They also provide work direction to staff.

45. Research Analyst

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Washington, DC;??Chicago, IL;??Boston, MA;??Atlanta, GA;??San Francisco, CA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Houston, TX;??Philadelphia, PA;??Baltimore, MD;??
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.

46. Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;??New York, NY;??Atlanta, GA;??Chicago, IL;??Dallas, TX;??Los Angeles, CA;??Washington, DC;??Miami, FL;??Phoenix, AZ;??San Antonio, TX;??
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

47. Counselor Internship

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Chicago, IL;??Philadelphia, PA;??Los Angeles, CA;??Washington, DC;??Atlanta, GA;??Denver, CO;??Baltimore, MD;??Charlotte, NC;??Houston, TX;??
Job Description:
Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with family and other relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

48. Human Resources Analyst

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Houston, TX;??Atlanta, GA;??Charlotte, NC;??Alameda, CA;??Washington, DC;??San Francisco, CA;??Dallas, TX;??Chicago, IL;??Richmond, VA;??
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

49. Clinical Social Worker

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Los Angeles, CA;??Baltimore, MD;??San Diego, CA;??Washington, DC;??Chicago, IL;??Detroit, MI;??Miami, FL;??Boston, MA;??San Francisco, CA;??
Job Description:
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

50. Substance Abuse Counselor

Top Locations:
New York, NY;??Los Angeles, CA;??Chicago, IL;??Baltimore, MD;??Tallahassee, FL;??Fresno, CA;??Mobile, AL;??Detroit, MI;??Jacksonville, FL;??Houston, TX;??
Job Description:
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

Psychology Major Jobs

Average Salary For a Psychology Major

As a psychology major, you might be surprised with how much your salary might vary depending on the industry you choose to work in. For example, if you were to work in the media industry, you might only make $26,866 annually, but you could make $40,862 in the education industry. If salary is the most important thing to you, then you should choose the industry you want to work in carefully.

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$40,862
$41k
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$36,345
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$35,280
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$35,243
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$33,851
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Entry Level Jobs For Psychology Majors

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How To Get A Job With A Psychology Degree

So you've graduated from college with your bachelor's degree in Psychology, and become a dedicated student of the mind and human behavior.

You've done labs, suffered through research paper after research paper, and if you're lucky you've even gotten some practical experience under your belt through undergraduate internships and the like.

And after all of that hard work, logging in hours and hours of studying, test-taking, essay writing, and let's face it, wondering why you ever decided to go to college in the first place, and was it really worth it? You're left with one big question:

Now What?

Well, that's where we come in. We literally created a map, just for Psychology Majors such as yourself, to navigate your way through the choppy waters of recent graduation.

Feel free to focus on the map alone -- it's pretty cool, if we do say so ourselves. But for those of you who prefer step by step navigation on your path, keep reading. We'll give you the rundown on:

  • What skills you'll need
  • How to begin
  • What jobs you can expect to find as a Psychology Major
  • Some quick interview tips
  • Consider graduate school
  • External resources

First thing's first: what skills you'll need to get started.

1. Skills for Psychology Majors

While the education gained in the classroom is without a doubt beneficial, you've learned more from your Psychology degree than just learning how to pick apart a person's behavior.

A psychology major is broad, yet personal, and whether your bachelor degree was of arts or of science, there's no doubt that your study of the brain's inner workings can be applied to outside environments -- beyond personal development and simply learning how to learn, employers will want to see how you can reflect, realize, and grow.

Applying these skills to real world learning opportunities yields a more robust and balanced career. Here are some of the common skills that you should have when trying to get a job with a Psychology degree.

Understanding how to use and interpret data.

All those case studies and research papers you read had to be good for something. Even if you don't use your psych. degree for a job related to research or therapy, your ability to quickly read and comprehend data will be a lifesaver in almost any work environment.

Evaluating and understanding behavior.

This is a no-brainer (unintentional, I swear) if you end up becoming a counselor, therapist, or psychologist. But even if you go into a less behavior-focused field, the ability to understand the motivations of the people around you gives you a pretty great edge when it comes to sales, customer service, or just generally getting along with the folks you work with.

Critical thinking and analysis.

Again, you've already read through tons of theory and data from all the psychologists and researchers and philosophers who have come before you, and your ability to apply these analytical tools to the study of the mind has been critical to your success so far.

But the ability to apply theories and abstract concepts to real-world solutions is an extremely adaptable (not to mention marketable) skill for you to translate into any career you can imagine.

2. Where to Begin Your Career After Getting a Psychology Degree

Perhaps the most important thing you can do right now is put yourself out there for internships (though, hopefully you have one or two under your belt from your time in school. If not, don't fret! It's not too late.)

Internships are an excellent way to get your foot in the door at a company you might want to continue a career with, or just in the field that you're interested in entering.

However, bear in mind that some of the more intensive internships may only be available to graduate students.

Here are some common types of internships for Psychology Majors:

Before you settle on an internship, though, you'll want to make sure it's the right fit for you. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Where (in the state/the country/the world) do you want to work?
  • What size and type of organization do you want to work for?
  • Do you need compensation in an internship, or might you be able to consider alternative compensation (experience, work samples, references, networking, etc.)
  • Is relocation an option?

3. Available Jobs For Psychology Majors

And now, the step you've probably been waiting for - getting a job. But we assure you, mastering your skills and getting an internship first are invaluable.

Psychology is applicable to more research or hard-science based fields like therapy, counseling, and research, but the understanding of motivations and behavior also lends itself naturally to social fields like

With our map, you can click the Job Titles and learn more specific information for each position (what their responsibilities are, how much they get paid, etc.) But here, we wanted to call out some of the most common jobs for recent Psychology major grads.

Here are the three of the most interesting entry-level jobs for recent grads such as yourself:

Sales Associate

Sales associates interact directly with customers and provide them with information about the products themselves. While the product information itself is obviously job-specific, having a background in psychology makes it much easier to understand a customer's motivations and ultimately make sales happen.

Manager

Managers direct and plan business operations, and are typically in charge of other employees. Although Managers often are promoted to managerial positions from within their own firm, this is not the rule, and many businesses prefer to hire managers from outside their organization. A Psychology degree is good for empathizing with the employees you'll be managing and ensuring that their needs are addressed, or being able to communicate the company's needs to them effectively in cases where the company is unable address complaints on their part.

Counselor

Counselors are responsible for providing one-on-one support for individuals within a variety of different occupational contexts. This role is often more focused on providing specific information to an individual in order to help them overcome problems that are more concrete rather than emotional, although depending on the position, emotional/psychiatric support may also be included. Counselor positions typically require some form of Psychology degree, and often require a Master's as well as a Bachelor's.

4. Some Quick Job Search Tips for Psychology Majors

Get Someone With Experience to Read Your Resume

Even if you don't have any direct work experience, you need to be able to communicate your ability to get tasks done through your resume.

Because many entry level job applicants only have internships, retail jobs, or summer gigs, they haven't had any "big achievements" to mention. You will stand out tremendously if you take initiative at these jobs in small ways and add it to your resume.

Were you able to reduce time to fulfill orders? Did you take what you learned at your internship and start a side project?

Someone with experience will help think of ways to make it look like you got a lot out of the experiences. At the very least, they can make sure you format your resume appropriately.

Find a Way to Demonstrate Experience

Even if you don't have any work experience, you need to be able to communicate your ability to get the task done.

Think about the specific skills we talked about earlier. As a Psychology Major, your skills involve your clinical, analytical knowledge of human behavior.

Going into professional psychology, these skills will be pretty self-evident, but if you're looking for positions fresh off of a bachelor's degree, you're going to want to think about how to highlight the ways you can apply this knowledge to the job at hand.

We put together some ways of thinking about how to show your experience on your resume, even if it is limited. Just look for an example of a project you had to complete, the steps you needed to complete it, and how you knew if it ended up successful.

Everyone should have had that experience by the time they graduate, even if it is just a senior thesis.

5. Continuing Education and Certifications in Psychology

You'll want to ensure that you stand out, particularly if you're just entering the job market. Some letters after your name go a long way, and if you're wanting to get into professional psychology itself, the first of those letters had better be a "P."

Pursuing an advanced degree

Obtaining a graduate degree in your course of study can serve as an excellent way to separate you from the herd - but you must first decide whether it's worth your time.

Try to figure out how much you'll earn your first year to see what people with your experience make with the job title you would expect to get upon graduation.

Just try to avoid the bottom tier Psychology schools as they can be a waste of time better spent with experience in a job. Remember, there's always an opportunity cost to not working.

Here are common advanced degrees that people with a Psychology degree normally consider:

Master's Degree

  • While you may not exactly be qualified yet for a job in professional psychology, a Master's in Psychology still affords you plenty of options
  • Jobs in case management, social work, and human resources are all common, along with college-related jobs including counseling

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology)

  • A PhD in Psychology is more research-focused than a PsyD, and typically includes completing a doctoral dissertation in order to complete your study. These are often longer and more difficult programs than PsyD programs, but may afford better internship opportunities
  • PhD jobs are more focus on research or administrative positions, such as university faculty or marketing analysts

PsyD (Doctor of Psychology)

  • In contrast to the research-focused PhD, PsyD programs are all about clinical practice. You'll learn the practical side of psychology, particularly when it comes to assessing and providing help to patients, and while research will still be important, it is no longer the focus.
  • These programs tend to be much shorter than PhDs and are sometimes easier to enter into, but are often much more intensive
  • PsyD's themselves are more clinical in nature, and these programs typically lead to positions in professional psychology.

6. External Resources

If you're still not sure what to do with your degree here are some external sites, to help you with your decision:

The American Psychological Association (APA)

The American Psychological Association is the nation's largest professional organization representing psychologists. They are also the originators of APA style, which as a Psychology major you are almost certainly familiar with by this point.

The Online Dictionary of Mental Health

Just what it sounds like, this website is a massive resource regarding mental health issues supported by the Human Nature Review, a well-known psychological research journal.

Social Psychology Network

A website dedicated to the advancement of psychology and the promotion of "peace, social justice, and sustainable living." The website itself is maintained by Scott Plous from Wesleyan University.

USAJobs

Enter "Psychology" into the search bar and you can get a sense of what kind of government jobs are available to Psychology majors. Find a job title you like and come back here to learn more about it.

Bureau Of Labor Statistics

The BLS offers detailed data on pay, location, and availability of different kinds of jobs across the country.

In fact, we draw a lot of our research on the best places for jobs from the information provided on the site.

And if this all seems like a lot - don't worry - the hard part (getting your degree!) is already over.

Updated July 15, 2020
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