What can you do with a psychology degree?
Your ego will appreciate these great jobs for psychology majors.
You’re a psychology major, so your family and friends probably assume your goal is to get a job that involves counseling someone who’s reclining on a leather couch. But that is only a small fraction of the jobs that need your skills.
Monster used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to track down 10 careers for psychology majors—couch not necessarily required.
Human resources manager
What you’d do: HR managers are responsible for recruiting, interviewing and hiring new workers at medium- and large-size companies. They deal with pay, benefits and discipline for current employees and serve as a link between management and staffers. Soft skills are at a premium in this role.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree and a few years of work experience are a realistic baseline for a manager position, although some positions may call for a advanced degrees.
What you’d make: $104,440 per year
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Marriage and family therapist
What you’d do: Marriage and family therapists meet with couples, families and children who are dealing with relationship issues. Therapists rely on listening and communication skills, patience and empathy to guide the people involved to solutions.
What you’d need: A master’s degree and professional licensing are required.
What you’d make: $43,190 per year
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Mediator and arbitrator
What you’d do: Arbitrators and mediators are called in, either by the legal system or corporations, as independent third parties to help settle an issue when the people directly involved can’t agree but the issue doesn’t rise to the level of going to court. This role requires a lot of listening, patience and negotiating skills.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is often sufficient, though post-grad certification programs could put you at an advantage.
What you’d make: $58,020 per year
What you’d do: Industrial/organizational psychologists (or I/O psychologists) consider aspects of a business—including group interactions, morale, work environments and organizational structures—as they seek to improve employee happiness, engagement and productivity, which in turn should improve business outcomes.
What you’d need: A master’s degree is usually the minimum, though some corporate employers may seek those with a doctorate.
What you’d make: $72,580 per year
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What you’d do: Social workers help clients—some of who have mental health issues—improve their daily lives. They often serve as part of government agencies or with nonprofits and healthcare organizations. This is another role where patience, listening and empathy are emphasized.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is the starting point, although a master’s degree is generally expected for clinical social workers.
What you’d make: $45,900 per year
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Market research analyst
What you’d do: Ever wonder why fast food companies use the color red in their branding? Market research analysts can explain the logic behind these types of marketing tactics. In this role, you would help companies understand how the human mind works to determine what products people want, who will buy them and at what price.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree will get your foot in the door, but to advance your career, you may need a master’s degree.
What you’d make: $62,150 per year
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What you’d do: In the creative side of advertising, you can work as either a copywriter or art designer to create ad campaigns for brands. This is where your deep understanding of people and persuasion capabilities will come into play.
What you’d need: Your bachelor’s degree should be sufficient for a job in advertising.
What you’d make: $100,810 per year
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Correctional treatment specialist
What you’d do: In this role, you would monitor and work with probationers and parolees to prevent them from committing new crimes.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is the baseline, but some employers may require you to pass oral, written and psychological exams.
What you’d make: $49,360 per year
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What you’d do: Rehab counselors help people with physical, mental, developmental or emotional disabilities not only live independently, but also overcome and manage the personal, social and psychological effects of their disability. Again, patience, listening and empathy will be needed to do this job.
What you’d need: A master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling is typically needed.
What you’d make: $34,390 per year
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What you’d do: Sales representatives know how to work a room to make a sale. As a sales rep, your daily tasks would involve contacting—and possibly meeting with—customers, explaining product features and negotiating prices.
What you’d need: Your bachelor’s degree should be sufficient for a job in sales.
What you’d make: $59,080 per year
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