So you’ve got a psychology degree, now what? Psychology is obviously powerful as it teaches you to analyze how people work, think and feel, but we often hear the question, “What do I do with my psychology degree after college?”. The answer to that is the same as with everyone else. Use the problem solving skills along with the specifics of your degree to make yourself stand out to an employer. Students of psychology can apply their knowledge to almost any business setting where they interact with others. They can also use the statistics they learned to go into an analysis or consulting field, or they can leverage their knowledge to make tons of sales. That covers a lot of jobs! Keep reading to get an idea of the breadth of jobs a psychology degree may qualify you for.
Psychology Undergraduate Degree:
Market Research Analyst - Your ability to draw key insight into human nature can help you research market patterns that can be helpful to businesses worldwide. An entry level market analyst position could also be a great entry point into industrial organizational psychology or marketing roles later down the road.
Marketing, Advertising and Sales – If you’re interested in learning how to develop persuasive advertisements and product messaging, psychology graduates are a great fit for any sort of advertising role. For similar reasons, sales is another natural extension of your skills and a good fit if you are an outgoing person who’s interested in interfacing with people on a regular basis.
Human Resources - Knowing what makes people tick is important for human resource professionals to ensure that they screen, hire and place the right people for their company. You might also handle training, payroll and onboarding for employees at your company.
Management Consultant - If you paid a lot of attention in your stats classes and want to get a view into a wide range of potential jobs and companies while traveling every week, you might like consulting. Companies like McKinsey & Co. and KPMG offer rotational programs at a wide variety of companies solving a mixture of their business challenges.
Industrial Organizational Psychology - Industrial organizational psychology could be an opportunity for you to leverage your deep understanding and curiosity about people to transform workplaces to make them more efficient, productive and happy places for employees.
School Psychology – If you loved taking Developmental Psychology classes and enjoy working with children, you should consider becoming a school psychologist, counselor or aide. You can work in public schools to help students who may be having problems on the emotional, social, or academic fronts.
Sports Psychology – Sports psychologists help athletes enhance and improve their performance on the field. If sports is a passion of yours and you’re interested in working with athletes, sports psychology could be a rewarding career path choice.
Engineering Psychology - If you’d like to work with machines and how people interact with them, then engineering psychology is a good specialty. Enjoy tinkering with products to make them more “user-friendly”? You’ve already done some engineering psychology.
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Amy Liu is a Digital Marketing Associate at FirstJob and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. In her free time, she loves exploring San Francisco and trying out tasty new restaurants.