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Career prospects

Careers with a Psychology degree

A Psychology degree can lead to many meaningful careers in sectors ranging from healthcare to HR. We list some of the possible job options for Psychology graduates.

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  1. What can you do with a Psychology degree?

  2. Career options

  3. Who employs Psychology graduates?

What can you do with a Psychology degree?

A degree in Psychology will equip you with skills relevant to various professional roles. You’ll have transferable qualities that many employers look for; scientific skills like research and data analysis, and humanities skills like critical thinking and relationship building.

As well as working directly in a Psychology-related setting, graduates work within health and social care, education, charity, commerce, human resources, marketing or data analytics, for example. There are usually graduate schemes available, and several graduates go onto further training to become chartered psychological practitioners.

Career options

Psychology graduates go into careers like:

  • Child development specialist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Criminal investigator
  • Counsellor
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Mental health worker
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Research analyst
  • Social worker
  • Speech and language specialist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Teacher or lecturer

Other potential opportunities include:

  • Careers counsellor
  • Charity worker
  • Coach
  • HR officer
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Market researcher
  • Play therapist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Research officer

Who employs Psychology graduates?

Examples of employers looking for graduates with Psychology skills:

  • NHS
  • HM Prison & Probation Service
  • Bupa UK
  • Nuffield Health

If you go into research, typical employers include:

  • Universities
  • Research institutes
  • Charities

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