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What can I do with a psychology degree?

Curious about what you can do with your degree? Psychology is a wide-ranging field. You’ve got plenty of options, no matter your level of education. We've offered some potential jobs below based on your degree, but this is just the start of your career path. Empower yourself by honing and cultivating your skills throughout your career.

What can I do with a bachelor's in psychology?

If you're at Thanksgiving and a family member doesn't believe you're going to get a job after graduation with a degree in psychology, they're completely wrong (as most relatives are during Thanksgiving spats). With a bachelor's degree, you can get jobs like:

  • Victim's Advocate
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Disability Policy Worker
  • Corrections Officer
  • Child Welfare Caseworker
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Career/Employment Counselor
Mara Sylveste

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I enrolled in human development and thought, “this is really interesting.” I really liked it. I got to know my professors really well, I made connections, networked, had a lot of fun, and two years later I graduated. My final research paper of my entire undergraduate career was about nontraditional students because I was one of them. I completely understood it. There isn’t one specific path that everyone needs to take. There [are] so many other ways of getting your degree… you can definitely have a bachelor’s [degree] and succeed.

Mara Sylvester '20
Human Development Major
Student Service Specialist, UW-Green Bay

What can I do with a master's degree in psychology?

Some jobs you may want to pursue require further study for licensing or professional requirements. For example, many of our students want to become school counselors, which requires a master's degree. Some jobs may not require an advanced degree, but you can earn more money than people with a bachelor's. With a master's degree, you'll be qualified for jobs like:

  • Group Home Coordinator
  • School Psychologist
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Market Researcher
  • Data Analyst

What can I do with a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)?

Congratulations, doctor! Or future doctor, more likely. Though a PhD requires a lot of work and time, it does give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the field and provides you with more tools to help people. Jobs include:

  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Political Strategist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Professor
  • Industrial Organizational Psychologist
  • Experimental Psychologist
  • Private Practice Psychologist
  • Researcher
Katie VonHolzen, PhD

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"Working in the Language Learning Lab led me to discover my passion. The environment at UWGB really helped me figure out what I wanted to do in life that would make me happy. I can think of no greater preparation than that."

Katie VonHolzen, PhD '19
B.S. Psychology / Researcher in Developmental Psycholinguistics / Technical University of Dortmund, Germany