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Program ResourcesWhat Can You Do With A Psychology Degree?

Psychology is the study of people’s minds and behavior; it seeks to answer questions about brain function, learning and mental illness. Many people find the study of psychology incredibly interesting, and it is a very popular undergraduate degree choice for students.

Deciding what to do after earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology requires some thought. One option is to continue with graduate studies in psychology, so that students can pursue careers as counselors and therapists.

And the good news is that graduates of an undergraduate psychology program are extremely employable. Among many other skills, they know how to:

  • Communicate
  • Relate to people
  • Collect, analyze and organize data
  • Observe and understand human behavior

It’s common for psychology grads to find careers in fields like human resources, communication, media and advertising. Many continue their education while working post-graduation to open doors to clinical practice or research positions within the field of psychology. Here are a few career possibilities for psychology grads.

Advertising Sales Agent

Advertising sales agents sell traditional and online ad space to businesses and individuals. They drum up business by contacting new clients, presenting to existing clients and maintaining client relationships. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that advertising sales agents earn a median annual wage of $48,490.

Human Resources Specialist

Psychology majors make good human resources specialists because they can manage topics such as employee satisfaction, training, recruitment, workplace morale and internal communication. The median annual wage for HR specialists is $58,350, and the number of available positions is expected to grow 9 percent by 2024.

Market Research Analyst

Market research analysts study market environments to make recommendations on sales of a product or service. Their primary goal is to help businesses understand what products or services people want and what types of people will buy them. They also help set pricing. The median annual wage for a market research analyst is $62,150. Jobs are expected to increase 19 percent by 2024.

It is possible to be qualified for select jobs within the field of psychology with a bachelor’s degree. A couple of examples are:

Forensic Interviewer

A forensic interviewer is a trained professional whose primary job is to gather details from victims and witnesses of violent crimes. They do this by using specific interviewing techniques they tailor to each interviewee. This job typically pays approximately $39,000 annually, according to PayScale.

Social Worker

Social workers help people through difficult times. Clients can be people of all ages, but common clients include children, the elderly and people with disabilities. Social workers serve as advocates for their clients and help them find means to improve their circumstances. The median annual wage for social workers is $45,900. Jobs are expected to increase 12 percent by 2024.