Major Skills Developed By Psychology Majors

  • Ability to understand the physiological, emotional, cognitive and social determinants of human behaviour
  • Ability to read materials accurately and analytically
  • Knowledge of methodologies of data collection, statistical analysis and evaluation
  • Critical/Analytical thinking; abstract reasoning skills
  • Problem solving skills; approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; identifying problems and developing solutions; decision making skills
  • Communication skills – explaining ideas, writing and presenting information; public speaking; compiling carefully reasoned reports and essays; good listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Research skills; process and synthesize vast amounts of data; interpret research and data; recognizing only the salient facts; developing research strategies and utilizing research methods
  • Ability to carry out tasks with thoroughness and precision
  • Aptitude for conflict resolution; mediation; concern for and sensitivity to others
  • Understanding of group dynamics

Common Areas of Employment

  • Human Resource Departments
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Employment Agencies
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Research Institutions
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Government Departments
  • Media Organizations
  • Marketing Departments
  • Managing Consulting Firms
  • Rehabilitation Centres
  • Recreational Centres
  • Community Centres
  • Medical/Health Organizations
  • Correctional Centres
  • Insurance Companies
  • Religious Organizations
  • Abortion-alternatives Counselling
  • Abortion Counselling
  • Adoption Services
  • Athletic Services
  • Battered Spouses and Children’s Services
  • Organizations for the Blind
  • Charity Services
  • Child Counselling
  • Children’s Services
  • Chronic Disease Services
  • Communicable Diseases Counseling and Services
  • Community Services
  • Consumer Services
  • Crime Victim Services
  • Crisis Intervention Services
  • Day-care Assistance
  • Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
  • Developmentally Disabled Persons Services
  • Disabled Assistance Services
  • Divorce Counselling
  • Domestic Violence Counselling
  • Drug Abuse and Prevention Services
  • Economic Assistance Services
  • Educational Information Services
  • Elderly Persons Services
  • Ethnic Organizations and Services
  • Family and Individual Services
  • Foster Care Services
  • Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered Organizations and Services
  • Halfway Houses
  • Home Care Services
  • Homeless Persons Services
  • Housing Assistance
  • Human Services
  • Immigrant Services
  • Legal Counselling
  • Medical Relief Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Men’s Services
  • Philanthropic Services
  • Pregnancy and Maternity Services
  • Rape Crisis Services
  • Religious Organizations
  • Sex Information and Counselling
  • Single Parent’s Services
  • Suicide Prevention Services
  • Tenants’ Services
  • Traveler’s Assistance
  • Vocational Services
  • Volunteer Services
  • Women’s Services
  • Youth Services

Common Career Opportunities and Sample Job Titles

  • Academic Advisor
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Activity Therapist
  • Art Therapist
  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Criminologist
  • Customs/Immigration Agent
  • Sexual Harassment/Human Rights Advisor
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Advertising Media Planner
  • Job Analyst
  • Job Classification Analyst
  • Bank/Loan Officer
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Benefits Analyst
  • Human Resources – trainer; recruiter; benefits officer; labour relations; communications
  • Case Worker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Director of Volunteer Services
  • Educational Counsellor
  • Employment Counsellor
  • Excercise Therapist
  • Family or Marital Counsellor
  • Family Therapist
  • Interviewer
  • Psychologist
  • Readjustment Counsellor
  • Social or Health Policy Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Statistical Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Youth Counsellor
  • Media Planner/Buyer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Addictions Counsellor
  • Advertising Agent
  • Career/Employment Counsellor
  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Correctional Officer
  • Cultural Diversity Consultant
  • Crisis Worker
  • Customs or Immigration Agent
  • Daycare Worker, Supervisor
  • Domestic Violence Community Educator
  • Fundraiser or Development Officer
  • Gerontology
  • Government Researcher
  • Biomedical/Medical Research Assistant
  • Hospice Coordinator
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marriage Therapist
  • Mediator
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Motivational Researcher
  • Negotiator
  • Population Studies Researcher
  • Probation or Parole Officer
  • Professional Consultant
  • Program Coordinator
  • Psychiatric Assistant or Aide
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Public Health Statistician
  • Public Opinion Interviewer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Recruiter
  • Relief Worker
  • Research Assistant
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Sales Representative
  • Social Services
  • Training Specialist
  • … AND many more!!

*Some of the careers listed may require further education or specialized training

* Some areas of employment and sample job titles taken from: DeGalan, J., & Lambert, S. (2006). Great Jobs for Psychology Majors. New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies.