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Finding a Job with a B.A. in Psychology

Psychology majors are very marketable.  The most valuable, rare, and sophisticated skills are the least tangible:  many people can type, few people know how to run a major organization.  Psychology majors are not trained to do one particular thing, instead they obtain a wide variety of more subtle skills--the kind that are valuable in many different work settings.  These skills include the following:

  • critical thinking
  • understanding numerical information
  • research skills
  • writing
  • communicating information
  • working well with other people

Develop these skills in your classes and other activities and market these skills when looking for jobs!  The best way to find a job is to actively search.  Here are some ways to get started:

  • Go to Career Services.  They are helpful for general issues related to job searches, and sponsor on-campus career fairs.
  • Go to the Career Development & Resource Clinic in the Department of Psychology.  They can assist you in defining your interests and skills.
  • Meet with the Undergraduate Psychology Advisors to discuss options and planning.
  • Read books such as What Color is Your Parachute and Finding a Job with a Psychology Bachelor's Degree.
  • Think about what you want to do, and call agencies and businesses where you'd like to work to see what they have available.
  • Search on the Internet.