Career Development

Psychology

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.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • 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

CAREER TITLES

  • 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

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • 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

www.apa.org  - The American Psychological Association
www.apa.org/careers/resources/guides/ - APA Career Guides
www.counseling.org - The American Counseling Association
www.socialpsychology.org - Social Psychology Network
www.naswdc.org - National Association of Social Workers
www.arttherapy.org - American Art Therapy Association
www.nadt.org - The National Association for Drama Therapy
www.musictherapy.org - American Music Therapy Association
http://ncda.org - National Career Development Association
www.schoolcounselor.org - American School Counselor Association
psychologydegreeguide.org - Psychology degree and career guide
www.shrm.org - Society for Human Resource Management
www.nyas.org  - The New York Academy of Sciences
www.nyas.org/sciencealliance - Committed to advancing the careers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
www.apa.org/careers/resources/profiles/index.aspx - Non-academic careers in Psychology
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information.

JOB SEARCH LINKS
www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.socialservice.com  - Social Service jobs
www.chronicle.com - The Chronicle of Higher Education, jobs and articles
www.k12jobs.com – Public, private and technical school jobs
www3.opwdd.ny.gov/rr/index.jsp - Jobs working with people with developmental disabilities
www.idealist.org  - Great entry level and internship listings, career fairs
www.nonprofitjobs.org - Jobs and internship
www.socialworker.com – Job bank and news for social work
www.higheredjobs.com – Jobs in higher education
www.hscareers.com  - Human Services Career Network
www.researchgate.net – Professional network for scientists/researchers and job search

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated 6/14