Career Development


When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Psychology, and find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Psychology major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Strong reading comprehension, writing and speaking skills
  • Ability to observe and analyze introspectively
  • Sensitivity to & understanding the needs and emotions of others
  • Evaluates and solves problems
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Ability to interact with people of varying ages & backgrounds
  • Handles stressful situations
  • Critical thinking
  • Listening
  • Insight to deal effectively with people
  • Research


  • Admissions Advisor
  • Advertising Assistant
  • Art Therapist
  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Caseworker
  • Clergy
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • College Student Affairs Professional
  • Customer Service Rep.
  • Dance Therapist
  • Dean of Student Affairs
  • Director of Volunteer Services
  • Drama Therapist
  • Drug Rehab Counselor
  • Education Specialist
  • Family Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Job Coach
  • Journalist
  • Juvenile Case Worker
  • Lawyer
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marriage Therapist
  • Media Buyer
  • Music Therapist
  • Professor
  • Program Assistant
  • Psychiatrist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Recruiter
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Research Associate
  • Social Worker
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Trainer
  • Training/Development Manager
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Women's Advocate
  • Youth Ministry Coordinator


  • Educational Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Government Agencies
  • Volunteer Organizations
  • Social Services Agencies
  • Nonprofit Agencies
  • Religious Institutions
  • Retirement Communities
  • Youth Programs
  • Counseling Centers
  • Private Corporations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS  - The American Psychological Association - APA Career Guides - The American Counseling Association - Social Psychology Network - Careers in Psychology - National Association of Social Workers - American Art Therapy Association - The National Association for Drama Therapy - American Music Therapy Association - National Career Development Association - American School Counselor Association - Psychology degree and career guide - Society for Human Resource Management  - The New York Academy of Sciences - Committed to advancing the careers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. - Non-academic careers in Psychology - Explore degree programs, careers and resources. - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information.

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni  - Social Service jobs - The Chronicle of Higher Education, jobs and articles – Public, private and technical school jobs - Jobs working with people with developmental disabilities  - Great entry level and internship listings, career fairs - Jobs and internship – Job bank and news for social work – Jobs in higher education  - Human Services Career Network – Professional network for scientists/researchers and job search

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated 10/15

Career Information & Job Links

Acquired Skills, Career Titles & Organizations

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