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Career Opportunities in Psychology

Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors on American college campuses. And for good reason. Psychology majors at CSUB receive a strong grounding in both the liberal arts and natural sciences. Students develop knowledge and skills in a number of broad areas that are sought after by employers including: written and oral communication skills; interpersonal understanding and confidence; analytical, statistical, and research skills; information acquisition and technical literacy skills; and adaptability and tolerance for ambiguity.

Most students earning a B.A. in Psychology will obtain jobs in business that capitalize on their unique strengths. Many graduates will work in rewarding human services jobs, where they can employ their experience and knowledge about human behavior to help other people in need. Other graduates will use their Psychology degree as the foundation for additional graduate and professional study within Psychology and related fields.

Examples of jobs students have obtained with a B.A. in Psychology include:

  • Human resources director
  • Personnel coordinator
  • Public information officer
  • Benefits manager
  • Public relations director
  • Retail manager
  • Advertising account manager
  • Mental health counselor (unlicensed)
  • Case manager
  • Program coordinator/director
  • Child care director
  • Employment counselor
  • Parole officer
  • Life skills counselor
  • Community outreach worker
  • Social services data analyst
  • Corporate trainer
  • Behavior analyst

Examples of jobs that may start with a B.A. in Psychology, but require additional schooling or training:

  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Licensed professional clinical counselor
  • School counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Social worker
  • Minister
  • Community college professor
  • Police officer
  • FBI agent

Examples of jobs requiring a doctoral degree in Psychology:

  • University professor
  • Clinical/counseling psychologist
  • Industrial/organizational psychologist
  • Research scientist
  • Sport psychologist

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