A major in psychology provides an appropriate background for a variety of professions in which an understanding of the principles of human behavior is important.
Graduate study in medicine, law, human factors, neuroscience, or social work, as well as in psychology, might all follow an undergraduate major in psychology.
Typically, graduates pursue careers as:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be over 36,000 new job openings in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)
Double Major: Psychology and Sociology; Honors Program
Cross country team captain, swim team
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
“My summer internship became a job offer for after I graduate. I will join Industry Specialty Services Group of BDO and get into consulting.
People ask me why a psychology major would want to work for an accounting firm. In my internship, I learned that the work requires both technical skills and people skills. The technical skills I didn’t possess, but can be learned. The people skills are something I did possess. My supervisors liked that I was eager to learn, was coachable, and had a positive attitude. I’m interested in how people do what they do and why. Understanding people allows me to help them better.”
Former Mayor of Saratoga Spring, New York
“I use my psychology degree from Hartwick every single day. You cannot survive in the political world without understanding the psychology of politics. My senior thesis was on consumer behavior. I did informational interviews with whomever would take me and I decided that public relations was the way I wanted to apply my degree with my portfolio in photography and my study abroad in Italy.”