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What Can I Do with a Psychology Degree?

Studying the Human Mind Can Lead to Interesting & Engaging Career Options


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Are you interested in or on the way to earning a psychology degree? Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do with a psychology degree that have the potential to turn into interesting, engaging, long-term careers.

10 Things to Do with a Psychology Degree

1. Work at a community clinic. You don't necessarily need a master's or doctorate to work at a community clinic. You can put your academic training to work in a place that will rarely -- if ever -- be boring or routine.

2. Work at a hospital. Your undergraduate degree might open more doors than you think, and a hospital is a great place to get some hands-on training to complement what you learned in class.

3. Teach! It's a common option because it has a lot to offer. You can help inspire a love of psychology in others while also working in a rewarding and challenging career.

4. Take an administrative job in a medical office. Stay with me here: An administrative job may not be your top pick for a career in psychology. But working in an administrative job will allow you to see the ins and outs of what it's like to work in an office focusing on psychology, mental health, etc. And that can be a priceless lesson if you're thinking of going to graduate school in the field or someday opening a similar office of your own.

5. Do research at a hospital or other medical organization. Larger hospitals often do really interesting research studies and other projects. See how you can put your degree to use in an intellectually curious environment.

6. Work at a psychology magazine or journal. There are some really cool jobs at field journals. Check out the websites of some of the magazines and journals you used while writing your college papers and see if they're hiring.

7. Work at a college or university psychology department. College psychology departments need more than just tenured professors to run. See where and how you can help!

8. Work at a nonprofit. Lots of nonprofits have missions that fall into the psychology and mental health fields. Find one with an ethos and mission you like and go help make the world a better place.

9. Work in the government. The Department of Health and Human Services, for example, has some interesting positions open for folks with psychology backgrounds. And who wouldn't like working in an interesting job while also helping the country?

10. Work in law enforcement. Your study of the human mind -- both the beautiful and the ugly -- has probably prepared you well to work in law enforcement. Use your understanding of how people work and what resources they need in a job that helps build your community.

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