Careers in Psychology
Students may choose to further pursue their interest in psychology by attending graduate school, or they may utilize their psychology background in a variety of career areas such as business, teaching, law or medicine. Graduates contend that a strong liberal arts education coupled with a psychology major offers them a variety of career options. Of the 70 annual graduating seniors, about 20 percent pursue graduate studies immediately following the completion of their bachelor's degree. A total of about 40 percent of graduates go directly into the workforce in a psychology-related field such as chemical dependency, forensics or mental health counseling. Others use their psychology degrees in areas like sales, marketing or insurance.
Psychology is a broad field with many specialties and areas of concentration. Currently, the APA (American Psychological Association) recognizes Clinical, Counseling, School, Industrial/Organizational, Behavioral and Cognitive, Forensic, and Family Psychology as "Specialties", adding Geropsychology in 2010. All other areas of psychology are considered "areas of concentration," but remain important in the field of Psychology.
There are many different careers choices for psychology majors. Whether you earn a bachelor's degree or work all the way up to a doctorate, there are many opportunities for careers in psychology.