What can I do with a degree in Psychology?

This is the most common career-related question asked of the Department.

Psychology is the study of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Therefore, it’s not surprising that knowledge of psychology and the ability to apply psychological principles can be an asset across a wide-range of occupations.

A psychology degree provides evidence that one has acquired a variety of skills that are valued by employers. For example, psychology graduates have developed an ability to:

  • think critically
  • process and synthesize large amounts of data
  • carry out tasks with precision
  • interpret and evaluate research, and more.

However, most students want to learn more about specific career options and resources.

To assist, Carleton’s Co-op and Career Services have compiled a list of common areas of employment and job titles. In addition, in 2013 and 2014, students in PSYC 4001: The Transition from University to Career developed 40 job profiles aimed at psychology graduates.

Each profile includes:

  • a job title
  • a general overview
  • details on required qualifications and related skills
  • job duties
  • responsibilities
  • salary potential
  • job prospects, and more.

The lists that have been provided are not exhaustive, but should be regarded as a starting point for career planning and exploration. To learn more about options and where to find help, consider the information that appears below.

Note: In order to become a psychologist, one must complete a Master’s degree and typically a PhD in psychology. This is the case for both practicing psychologists (e.g., a clinical psychologist) and research psychologists (e.g., a university professor).

Carleton Psychology Career Resources

Co-op and Career Services
  • This Carleton service offers a variety of resources in-person and online including job postings, career workshops, and career exploration tools. They are also available for one-on-one consultations that can involve job search coaching, resume review, interview preparation and a wide-range of other services.
MyCareer Portal
  • Available through Student Support Services in Carleton Central
  • Search for jobs, volunteer positions and internships
  • Book career advising appointments
  • Register for workshops, employer recruitment and information sessions
  • Create an online resume and portfolio
Career Assessment Tools
  • Career Cruising
  • TypeFocus
Make the Most of Your Psychology Program
  • If you want to enhance your desirability in the workforce, it is important to make the most of your degree program.

External Psychology Career Resources

CPA – Planning a Career in Psychology: A Canadian Perspective for University Bound and Beginning University Students (2009)
  • Subfields of Psychology
  • How to become a professional Psychologist
  • Is Psychology the Right Choice for Me?
  • Occupational Outlook
  • How to Succeed in University
CPA – A Career in Psychology
  • What is a Psychologist?
  • What Do Psychologists Do?
CPA – Careers in and Related to Psychology
  • Employment Prospects for Individuals with a B.A. or B.Sc. in Psychology
American Psychological Association – Careers in Psychology
  • An introduction to psychology, the kinds of work psychologists do, and the training required to become a psychologist.
Careers In The Field of Psychology