What can I do with a degree in psychology?

January 01, 2017 by Brandman Career Services

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program introduces students to the essentials of psychological science and thought.

The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, methods of inquiry, research methodology, processes and the application of psychological principles to diverse areas of human behavior.

*These lists are possible fields and occupations representative, but not exclusive or limited to, employment options for an undergraduate Psychology major. Some positions listed require additional training, education (master’s degree),credentials,, licensure, and/or experience prior to job eligibility.

Possible Fields

  • Business
  • Education
  • Community
  • Non-profit  
  • Mental Health
  • Health Care  
  • Social Services
  • Human Resources
  • Government Agencies  (local, city, county, and state) 
  • Legal
  • Research 
  • Retail

Possible Occupations*

Social Services

  • Adoption Service
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Corrections Officer
  • Director of Volunteer Services
  • Health Educator
  • Juvenile Case Worker
  • Nursing Home Manager
  • Planned Parenthood Worker
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Rehabilitation Advisor
  • Social Service Director
  • Social Worker
  • Veteran’s Advisor 
  • Welfare Officer

Mental Health

  • Behavior Analyst 
  • Caretaker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Counselor
  • Divorce Mediator
  • Family Service Worker
  • Foster Care Worker
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Hospice Worker
  • Parent Educator
  • Psychiatric Assistant
  • Psychological Assistant/Tester
  • Psychological Technician
  • Rape Crisis Counselor
  • Resident Caretaker/Counselor
  • Victims Rights


  • Administrative Assistant
  • Advertising Agent
  • Analyst
  • Claims Specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Customer Relations
  • Customer Service
  • Data Analyst
  • Employment Counselor
  • Evaluator
  • Executive Director
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Agent
  • Interviewer
  • Job Analyst
  • Management
  • Media Buyer
  • Personnel Analyst/Generalist
  • Planner Assistant
  • Program Analyst/Developer
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Relations
  • Recruiting
  • Sales Representative

Other Positions

  • Child Care Worker
  • Church Counselor
  • Community Relations
  • Government Worker
  • Human Rights Activist

Skills Needed for Psychology Majors

  • Research
  • Flexibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer
  • Problem Solving
  • Strong Verbal & Written Communication
  • Collecting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Data

Professional Associations for Psychology Majors

Professional associations provide a connection with other professionals in your field to learn, share, and discuss professional interests.  Associations also provide great opportunities to network and learn about career opportunities beyond a bachelor’s degree!

American Psychological Association

Western Psychological Association

Society for Organizational and Industrial Psychology, Inc.

American Counseling Association

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Join LinkedIn Professional Association groups in your industry!

Additional Psychology Resources

American Psychological Association: Careers

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Brandman University Programs

Brandman University Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Brandman University Programs: Master of Arts in Psychology, Counseling

Brandman University Programs: Master of Arts in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy

Visit the Career Exploration and Planning section of the Career Services website for additional career information, resources, and tools.

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