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Psychology majors may find employment in a variety of areas based on their skills and experience. Some psychology graduates choose to work in human services in the areas of counseling, advocacy, and behavioral health services; in program development in local, state, and federal government; and in business in the areas of human resources, public relations, advertising, market research, retail, and sales.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising and Career Services' database where the employer specifically requested psychology majors. Career-related internships or part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment after graduation in these and other fields. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for psychology majors. This list does not reflect current openings. 

This is a list of jobs psychology majors reported having at (or shortly after) graduation. This list was built from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Advising and Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for further exploration.

 

  • Academic Advisor for a university
  • Account Coordinator for a high technology public relations & communications agency
  • Accountant for a manufacturer
  • Accounting Coordinator for a foodservice provider
  • Administrative Assistant for a college
  • Administrative Assistant for a telecommunication service provider
  • Admissions Advisor for a propriety school
  • Admissions Counselor for a college/university
  • Analyst for a bank
  • Analyst for a financial, economic, & litigation consulting firm
  • Analyst for the CIA
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis Counselor for a nonprofit serving people with disabilities
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis Counselor/Tutor for a public school
  • Assistant Basketball Coach for a college
  • Assistant Director for group home
  • Assistant Language Teacher for a cultural exchange program
  • Assistant Manager for a video game retailer
  • Assistant Manager for an apparel retailer
  • Assistant Track & Cross Country Coach for a college
  • Associate Clinical Data Coordinator for a clinical research company
  • Associate Consultant for a global management consulting firm
  • Associate Systems Analyst for an investment firm
  • Audit Associate for an accounting firm
  • Autism Specialist Paraeducator for a school district
  • Behavioral Manager for a drug-treatment center for adolescents
  • Behavioral Therapist for an applied behavioral analysis consulting firm
  • Benefits Coordinator for a business
  • Bilingual Family Caseworker for a community action agency
  • Business Development Associate for an online price comparison service
  • Call Center Technician for a pharmacy
  • Cancer Resource Specialist for a health nonprofit
  • Career Services Coordinator for a university
  • Career Specialist for a nonprofit serving unemployed/underemployed people
  • Case Assistant for a law firm
  • Case Manager for a city
  • Case Manager for a nonprofit serving seniors
  • Case Manager for a state agency serving children and families
  • Child Care Worker for a social services nonprofit
  • Child Support Enforcement Specialist for a state agency
  • Claims Case Manager for an Insurance company
  • Claims Representative for an insurance company
  • Client Services Specialist for a newsletter covering fashion, beauty, & entertainment
  • Clinical Operations Specialist for a company providing imaging for clinical trials
  • Clinical Research Assistant for a health care company serving patients living with cancer
  • Clinical Research Coordinator for a hospital
  • Closing Agent for a mortgage company
  • Compensation analyst for a high-tech company
  • Compliance Coordinator for a university
  • Computer Analyst for a college
  • Computer Technician for an office supply store
  • Consultant for an information technology/management consulting firm
  • Coordinator of Quality Initiatives for a hospital
  • Corporate Events Planner (self-employed)
  • Counselor for a community counseling agency
  • Counselor for a domestic violence shelter
  • Counselor for a youth center
  • Crisis Counselor for a nonprofit serving children and families
  • Customer Representative for an insurance company
  • Customer Service Representative for an assistive technology company
  • Data Manager for a public health department
  • Department Supervisor for a retail store
  • Deputy Copy Chief for news magazine
  • Desk Clerk for an athletic club
  • Development Associate for a health nonprofit
  • Developmental Service Worker for a group home
  • Director of Admissions for a nursing home
  • Director of Alumni Relations for a university
  • District Manager for a convenience store chain
  • Domestic Violence Advocate for a community-based social justice organization
  • Early Intervention Associate for an organization serving people with physical disabilities
  • Editorial Assistant for a publisher
  • Editorial Assistant for media conglomerate
  • Editorial Manuscript Coordinator for a professional association
  • Educational Specialist for a nonprofit serving people with autism
  • Employment Manager for a hotel
  • Enrollment Counselor for a faith-based liberal arts college
  • Enrollment Counselor for a proprietary school
  • Environmental Health Specialist for a public health agency
  • Environmental Specialist for a federal agency
  • Family Care Coordinator for a private behavioral health care organization
  • Family Supports Manager for an nonprofit serving people with disabilities
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Financial Analyst for medical device manufacturer
  • Financial Consultant for a financial consulting firm
  • Financial Systems Analyst for a publishing firm
  • Fitness Specialist for a wellness center
  • Fundraiser for a university
  • Graphic Designer for an information technology company
  • Group Leader for a nonprofit serving young girls
  • Head Preschool Teacher for a federally funded program serving under-resourced youth
  • Head Teacher at a preschool
  • Head Water Polo Coach for a water polo club
  • Health Educator for a women’s health organization
  • High School Paraprofessional for a public school
  • Home Equity Loan Processor for a bank
  • Home Health Assistant for a hospice
  • Human Capital Analyst for a professional services consulting firm
  • Human Resource Manager for a global high technology company
  • Human Resources Assistant for a medical center
  • Human Resources Coordinator for an equity management firm
  • Human Resources Technician for a discount retail company
  • Immigration Counselor for a faith-based nonprofit
  • Infant Program Coordinator for a corporate childcare provider
  • Infant Toddler Teacher for a medically-therapeutic childcare facility and day program
  • Information Technology Specialist for a computer software company
  • In-Home Support Counselor for a children's mental health and social services provider
  • In-Home Support Counselor for a nonprofit organization serving children in foster care
  • Instructional Aide for a public school
  • Intake Coordinator for a hospital psychiatric ward
  • Intake Coordinator for a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with autism
  • Intake Mental Health Worker for a social services agency
  • Intervention Specialist for a school district
  • Investment Banking Analyst for an investment banking & financial services firm
  • Lab Assistant for a biotechnology firm
  • Lead Research Assistant for a research institute focusing on human development
  • Lead Service Specialist for a consumer electronics company
  • Life Skills Trainer for an independent living skills training company
  • Logistics Analyst for an electronics firm
  • Management Trainee for rental car company
  • Manager for a bank
  • Manager for a clothing retailer
  • Marketing Assistant for a hospital
  • Marketing Recruiter for a security alarm company
  • Medical Assistant for a physician
  • Medical Technician for a medical practice
  • Medical Transportation Coordinator for a managed care provider
  • Mental Health Assistant for a social services nonprofit serving children and families
  • Mental Health Counselor for a community mental health provider
  • Mental Health Counselor for a state hospital
  • Mental Health Specialist for a hospital
  • Mental Health Specialist for a medical/dental school
  • Merchandising Production Coordinator for a flash-sale based online retailer
  • Milieu Counselor for nonprofit service children and families
  • Milieu Crisis Aide for educational cooperative serving people with disabilities
  • National Account Planner for a cable advertising company
  • Network Information Specialist for a university
  • Overseas Sales Representative for a manufacturer
  • Paralegal for a district attorney’s office
  • Patient Care Coordinator for a hospital
  • Pharmacy Marketing Coordinator for a supermarket
  • Pharmacy Technician for a health care provider
  • Pharmacy Technician for a pharmacy
  • Placement Coordinator for a family preservation program
  • Police Officer for a city police department
  • Preschool Teacher for a Montessori school
  • Prevention Case Manager for a health institute serving Latino families
  • Program Assistant at a community college
  • Program Assistant for a housing authority
  • Program Assistant for a nonprofit dedicated to improving community health
  • Program Assistant for a nonprofit volunteer action organization
  • Program Coordinator for a community foundation
  • Program coordinator for a food bank
  • Program Coordinator for a government program supporting literacy
  • Program Coordinator for a nonprofit serving homeless adults
  • Program Director for a philanthropy
  • Program Manager for a health nonprofit
  • Program Specialist for a nonprofit organization serving people with autism
  • Programmer Analyst for a computer firm
  • Project Aide for a US Senator
  • Project Coordinator for a managed health company
  • Project Manager for a human resources consulting firm
  • Promotions Specialist for a telecommunications company
  • Public Information Officer for a state agency
  • Public Safety Dispatcher for a city government agency
  • Public Safety Dispatcher II for a city
  • Publicity Coordinator for a film society
  • Publisher’s Assistant for a publisher of computing books
  • Purchasing Manager for an internet retailer
  • Receptionist for a law firm
  • Recovery Advocate for a behavioral health nonprofit
  • Regional Field Director for a political campaign
  • Regional Sales Associate for an investment advisory firm
  • Reimbursement Coordinator for a tissue engineering company
  • Relief Worker for a residential rehabilitation center for women
  • Reporter for a newspaper
  • Research  Associate for an economic consulting firm
  • Research Analyst for a cable broadcasting conglomerate
  • Research Assistant for a federal agency
  • Research Assistant for a national health agency
  • Research Associate for a hedge fund
  • Research Associate for a national laboratory
  • Research Project Coordinator for a drug treatment facility
  • Research Specialist for a hospital
  • Research Study Coordinator for a health research company
  • Resettlement Counselor for for a humanitarian aid organization
  • Resident Counselor for a performing arts academy
  • Residential Caseworker for a nonprofit serving youth and their families
  • Residential Counselor for a community mental health provider
  • Residential Counselor for a nonprofit provider of child & family behavioral services
  • Residential Counselor for a nonprofit serving people who are low income, have disabilities, or are elderly
  • Residential Educator for a nonprofit organization serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders
  • Residential Instructor for a residential school serving children with autism
  • Residential Rehabilitation Educator for a behavioral healthcare organization
  • Sailing Director for a summer camp
  • Sales Representative for a medical technology company
  • Sales Representative for a pharmaceutical company
  • Salesperson for a residential real estate company
  • School-Based Case Manager for a nonprofit providing mental health services to children
  • Season Pass Representative for a ski resort
  • Senior Group Leader for a social services agency
  • Senior Mental Health Worker for a community services agency
  • Senior Quality Control Analyst for a biotechnology firm
  • Service & Training Manager for a clothing retailer
  • Site Coordinator for an after-school program
  • Skills Trainer for an organization serving people with disabilities
  • Soccer Coach for a youth soccer league
  • Social Worker for a government social services agency
  • Social Worker for a nonprofit providing after-school programs
  • Special Education Instructional Assistant for a public school
  • Special Education Life Skills Teacher for a school district
  • Staffing Specialist for a staffing agency
  • Survey Statistician for a federal agency
  • Taikwondo Instructor for a martial arts academy
  • Teacher for a nonprofit alternative teaching certification program
  • Teacher for an educational nonprofit
  • Teacher’s Aide in a behavioral classroom for a school district
  • Technical Recruiter for a recruiting firm
  • Teller/Teller Manager for a bank
  • Therapeutic Mentor for a community services agency
  • Toddler Teacher at a preschool
  • Toddler/Preschool Teacher for a community organization
  • Training Coordinator at a university
  • Trust Administrator for a financial management and advisory company
  • Tutor for a standardized test preparation company
  • Unit Coordinator for a hospital
  • Veterinary Technician for veterinary clinic
  • Volunteer Coordinator for a hospice
  • Volunteer Recruiter for a social services nonprofit
  • Writer/Editor for a writing/editing/desktop publishing company
  • Youth Advocate for a private industry council
  • Youth Counselor for a social services agency serving displaced youth
  • Youth Counselor for residential treatment center for adolescents with severe mental illness
  • Youth Intervention Worker for a community services agency
  • Youth Support Worker for a nonprofit serving people with autism

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Advising and Career Services' Resources
Advising and Career Services has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers. 

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portland su and pass code: 3w9n

  • Psychological Examiner
  • Job Placement Specialist
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Elementary School Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

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Professional Associations

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Career-Related Information for Psychology Majors

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Miscellaneous

  • Careers in Psychology: What do psychologists do when they get to work, and how do they prepare for and find those jobs? — From the American Psychological Association
  • A Guide to Getting into Graduate School — From the American Psychological Association.
  • Social Psychology Network — Page maintained by Professor Scott Plous, Associate Professor of Psychology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. This is "the largest social psychology database on the Internet. In these pages, you'll find more than 3,500 links to psychology-related resources."

Department of Psychology — Portland State University

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