What Can I Do with My Psychology Major?

Overview

Put simply, psychology is the study of behavior through the use of scientific techniques. Graduates develop skills in research, statistical analysis, theory, critical thinking, human relations, and communication. Opportunities for employment are found in academic, hospital, private, research, and community settings. In addition to pursuing jobs in the helping professions, psychology majors find opportunities in management, consulting, advertising, business, and marketing. Generally, students majoring in psychology will be competitive for any job requiring a liberal arts undergraduate degree.

A background in psychology is a valuable preparation for a variety of graduate programs such as clinical psychology, counseling psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, educational psychology, school psychology, and health psychology. Graduates can also apply their skills and knowledge to attend graduate and professional school programs in areas such as law, medicine, business, and social work.

Skills

The study of psychology facilitates the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sample of these skills and qualities follows.

Research

  • Applying theoretical approaches to research problems
  • Reviewing research literature
  • Developing hypotheses
  • Collecting data
  • Conducting statistical analysis
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Working with research participants

Critical Thinking

  • Approaching problems from multiple perspectives
  • Perceiving patterns and trends
  • Understanding components of complex problems
  • Integrating empirical and observational data
  • Seeking novel explanations to problems

Communication

  • Writing effectively
  • Reading critically
  • Conveying complex information
  • Listening emphatically
  • Presenting research findings
  • Understanding human relationships
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Identifying cultural/social determinants of behavior
Sample Internship Opportunities
  • Advocacy groups (e.g., Children’s Defense Fund)
  • Child/Youth/Family Services Providers (e.g., Catholic Charities, Metro Teen Aids, The Covenant House, Big Brothers/Big Sisters)
  • Communications/Marketing/Public Relations (e.g., Graduate Media & Marketing, Olgivy and Mather, The Harbour Group
  • Government Agencies (e.g., National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health)
  • Non-Profit Organizations (e.g., The Whitman Walker Clinic, National Institute for People with Disabilities)
  • Psychological Associations (e.g., American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association)
  • Publications (e.g., National Geographic, Conde Nast Publishers)
  • Research (e.g., Strategy and Consulting/Corporate EQ, Editorial Assistant/U.S. Association for Body Psychotherapy Journal)
  • Social Service Agencies (e.g., Friendship Ventures, Northwest Center, Homeless Shelters, Substance Abuse Treatment organizations)

Where are Georgetown Psychology Majors Now?

  • Counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Psychologist
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Program Manager
  • Community Planner
  • Research Project Coordinator
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Training coordinator
  • Consultant
  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • School Counselor
  • Art
  • Therapist
  • Research Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Mediator
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Grant Coordinator
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Market Researcher
  • Investment Banker
  • High School Teacher
  • College Professor
  • Public Health Educator
Relevant Web Sites and Publications
Professional Organizations

For information about career options, internship and full-time opportunities, contact the Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493 or visit our website. For more information about the major and degree requirements, contact the Department of Psychology at 306A White-Gravenor, (202) 687-4042.