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What can I do with a degree in Psychology?

A psychology major is great preparation for a number of life callings. People utilize their psychology training in many different settings and vocations as psychologists, social workers, professors, physicians, occupational and physical therapists, human resources managers, and so on. Many careers do not require a psychology degree but employers in those fields highly value psychology training and the degree will make you a competitive applicant. These careers include retail sales and management, the service industry, and education to name a few.

To brainstorm where psychology can take you, try looking through our career services website in the Careers by Major page. There are a number of good links under psychology.

For further vocational ideas, the Federal Bureau of Labor and Statistics has a large website with current average salaries, qualification requirements ond processes, and projected need for workers in various fields. Try searching "Psychology" or "Social Service" in their Occupational Outlook Handbook. Also, here is a list of more specific terms you might wish to search:

Social Worker

Post-secondary teacher

Psychologist

Mental Health Counselor

School and Career Counselor

Substance Abuse Counselor

Human Resources

The American Psychological Association or APA website has a large section devoted to careers in Psychological Science.  Follow this link to access this information: 

If you are a current student, you can also access Wheaton in Network (WIN) and search for alumni with psychology training or in psychology careers who will advise or mentor you in their field.

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