What kind of job can I get with a psychology degree? That’s a question we hear a lot when students are considering a psychology major – and even as they near the end of their degree program.
Students who earn a psychology degree acquire a number of marketable skills and are well qualified for many entry-level positions in a variety of career fields with and without a graduate degree. Contrary to popular belief, psychology majors do not have to attend graduate school to become employed, utilize their major, or have a meaningful career. In fact, as of 2017 only 14% of psychology bachelor’s degree holders in the U.S. had a graduate degree in psychology and a mere 4% obtained their doctorate in the field.
So, is a graduate degree even worth it? This answer depends on your skills and the type of job you are interested in pursuing. This is why it’s so important to explore careers and engage in experiential learning opportunities like field placements/internships and directed research before you graduate. Doing so can help you make the decision that is right for you!
If you’re unsure of what career path you’d like to pursue or if a graduate degree is even necessary, the American Psychological Association is a good place to begin your research. Also, read what alumni Mark Hoelzel, director of Financial Planning and Analysis has to say about the value of a liberal arts education.
The truth is that many graduates find careers and employment in a variety of fields with only their bachelor’s degree in psychology. If you are interested in learning about the endless career opportunities available to psychology majors, Dr. Kit's career videos explore a day in the life of professionals who utilize their psychology degrees—bachelors and graduate level—in a variety of occupations. In addition to your independent career research, we encourage you to visit the Career Center to discuss these options in more detail.
Finally, be sure to explore all of your options by talking to your academic advisor, professors, Career Center consultants, and Student Employment Placement Specialists—just to name a few. In other words, graduate study might be a viable path for you, but be sure that the career you are interested in pursuing will require a graduate degree before assuming this is your next step.
Considering a career in Clinical Psychology? The Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) offers some suggestions about how to prepare during your undergraduate years.
Career Planning Resources
Psychology majors enter a wide variety of job fields. Your first step can be exploring some areas of interest through the opportunities available to psychology majors. You may also find it helpful to view career fields, a career timeline and information about career resources to get started on your personal career plan.
Graduate School Resources
If you’re visiting this page, chances are you are either giving serious thought to attending graduate school or have already made a decision to do just that. This information can help you along that path.
Post Baccalaureate Opportunities
Learn more about the post baccalaureate opportunities available for graduates.