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.

Career Development Center - Visit 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 - Social service jobs - Explore psychology jobs - National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates

Additional Resources Available at the CDC