Undergraduate Psychology - Seattle Pacific University


Career Options for Psychology Majors


This is a brief sampling of skills, occupational titles, and employment settings which relate to a major in psychology.


Knowledge and Skills Psychology Majors Develop:

  • Problem solving
  • Knowledge of brain/behavior relationships
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking: analysis, synthesis, evaluation
  • Social perception and sensitivityLiterature review
  • Knowledge of social behavior
  • Research skills: statistical analysis, research design measurement, and evaluation
  • Knowledge of human development

Career Options PDF

Sample Job Titles for Psychology Majors:


Entry Level Positions Salesperson
Advisor in education Social worker (Level 1)
Caseworker Youth program supervisor
Child care worker Positions Requiring Further Training
Clergy member Attorney
Employee trainer Counselor (e.g., rehab, guidance)
Employment recruiter/interviewer Elementary/secondary/special ed.
Group home "house parent" Hospital administrator
Journalist/columnist/commentator Marriage and family therapist
Parent educator Occupational/physical therapist
Personnel officer Physician
Probation officer Psychiatrist
Program evaluator Psychologist (e.g., clinical, developmental)
Psychiatric aide Psychometrist
Public relations representative Therapist (e.g., art, music, drama)
Recreation supervisor University professor
Research technician/statistician  


Possible Employment Settings for Psychology Majors:


Adoption and child care agencies Court system
Advertising depts and agencies Educational agencies
Air, bus, rail lines Government agencies
Business corporations Hospitals
Churches and religious organizations Mgmt consulting firms
Colleges and schools Mental health agencies and associations
Community organizations Personnel departments
Correctional institutions Social services agencies


The SPU Center for Career and Calling can provide you with more specific information on career opportunities with a major in psychology. Also, every Spring Quarter, the Department of Psychology and the Center for Career and Calling co-host a seminar on professions for baccalaureates in psychology. Finally, the Department of Psychology has a bulletin board on which relevant job and service postings are displayed.