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
- 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||
|Career Assessment Tools||
|Make the Most of Your Psychology Program||
|CPA – Planning a Career in Psychology: A Canadian Perspective for University Bound and Beginning University Students (2009)||
|CPA – A Career in Psychology||
|CPA – Careers in and Related to Psychology
|American Psychological Association – Careers in Psychology
|Careers In The Field of Psychology||