What Can I Do With a Major In Child Psychology?

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Major Information

Child psychology focuses on behavioral development from the prenatal period to maturity in the areas of cognition, ethology, genetics, language, learning, perception, and social behavior. Our degree options not only prepare students for advanced degrees in fields such as psychology, social work, occupational therapy, medical school, and law school, but also for careers that make lasting impacts on the lives of children. From health careers to non-profit organizations to business fields, our alumni have made substantial impacts on the community around them.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and Child Psychology majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups
The Institute of Child Development offers a B.A., B.S. and a minor, through the College of Liberal Arts, in the #1 ranked developmental psychology program in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, 2013).
 
 

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Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although, keep in mind that there are psychology alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Child Psychology majors, utilize these additional resources:

Common Career Paths with a major in Child Psychology

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Healthcare & Science - IRC

Internships

  • Student Volunteer - University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
  • Human Resources Intern - Planned Parenthood
  • Personal Care Assistant - Ability Care
  • Developmental Trainee - Fraser
  • Research Assistant - University of Minnesota
  • Personal Care Assistant - Student Experience
  • Case Study Intern - Children, Youth, and Family Consortium
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Intern - Colorado State University
  • Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern - Youth Opportunity Center
  • Child Life Practicum Student,Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University

Entry-Level

  • Behavioral Therapist Aide - Partners in Excellence
  • Program Coordinator - Meridian Services
  • Child Development Specialist - Recovery Resource Center
  • Mental health consultant - Ramsey Action Programs Head Start
  • Mental health consultant - The Holland Center
  • Patient Services Representative - Twin Cities Orthopedics
  • Mental Health Behavioral Aide - Fraser
  • Human Resources Assistant (Contractor) - Fairview Health Services
  • Mental Health Associate - Allina Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Mental Health Practitioner - Metro Social Services, Inc
  • Mental Health Practitioner - Fraser

Experienced

  • Mental Health Counselor - Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions*
  • Licensed Psychologist - Washburn Center for Children*
  • Licensed Psychologist and Neutral Child Specialist - Private Practice*
  • Therapist - Psychotherapy & Healing Associates, Ltd*
  • Therapist - Allina Health*
  • Mental Health Practitioner 1 - Fraser
  • Human Resources Coordinator (Contractor) - Pentair
  • Health Unit Coordinator - Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Case Specialist/Therapist - Rogers Behavioral Health*
  • Psychometrist (Neuropsychology) - Fraser*
  • Occupational Therapist - University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics*
  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist - Metro Social Services, Inc*
  • Psychotherapist - Psychology Consultation Specialists, PLLC*
  • DBT Group Facilitator and Outpatient Therapist - Therapy Connections*

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Counseling Psychology - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Marriage and Family Therapy - Argosy University
  • MeD, Occupational Therapy - University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • PhD, Applied Developmental Science - Colorado State University
  • MPH, School of Public Health-University of Minnesota
Education - SAE

Internships

  • Teaching Assistant - Royal Brompton Hospital School (London, Study Abroad)
  • Literacy Mentor - America Reads
  • Assistant Teacher - Como Early Learning Center
  • Education Intern - Zoological Society of Milwaukee
  • Child and Teen Advocate Summer Intern - Green Haven Family Advocates
  • Research Assistant - Child Development Lab
  • Mentor/Tutor - University of Minnesota
  • College Counseling Intern - Mounds Park Academy
  • Intern - Washburn Center For Children

Entry-Level

  • Special Education Paraprofessional - Independent School District 197
  • Sunday School Teacher - St. Anne/St. Joseph Hien
  • Child Care Teacher - Encompass Early Education and Care
  • Assistant Teacher - Como Early Learning Center
  • English Tutor-Japan

Experienced

  • Center for Academic Planning and Exploration Coach - University of Minnesota*
  • Psychology Instructor - Hyundai High School*
  • Elementary School Counselor - Saint Paul Public Schools*
  • Lead Early Preschool Teacher - Tutor Time Childcare*
  • Teacher - Step by Step Montessori*Associate Professor - University of Minnesota*
  • Career Counselor - Concordia University, St. Paul*
  • Academic Advisor - University of Minnesota*
  • Leadership Minor Instructor - University of Minnesota
  • CFAN/ICP Career and Internship Preparation Instructor - University of Minnesota*
  • Senior Academic Advisor and Internship Coordinator - University of Minnesota*
  • Career Specialist - Bethel University*
  • Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies - University of Minnesota
  • Academic Adviser - University of Minnesota*
  • Adjunct Instructor, Undergraduate Leadership Minor - University of Minnesota
  • Director, Multicultural Student Engagement - University of Minnesota*
  • Director of Special Education - Independent Contractor*
  • Instructor of Record - University of Illinois at Chicago*
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology - Century College*

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Educational Psychology - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Counseling Psychology - University of St. Thomas
  • MA, Counseling and Psychological Services - Saint Mary’s University
  • MA, Counseling Psychology - Bethel University
  • MS, Higher Education - Oklahoma State University
Business, Consulting, Marketing, & Sales - CES

Internships

  • Marketing and Communications Intern - Family Tree Clinic
  • Intern - Agency HATCH, Hunt Adkins

Entry-Level

  • Employment Consultant - Kaposia, Inc
  • Independent Consultant - Independent Contractor/Consultant
  • Inside Sales Manager - Thomson Reuters
  • Marketing Assistant - University of Minnesota
  • Associate Account Executive - SPS Commerce
  • Sales Associate and Sales Coach - Gap Inc.
  • Corporate Account Manager - The Brewer Group
  • Client Services Specialist - CEB Iconoculture Consumer Insights
  • Administrative Assistant - Colliers International Pittsburgh
  • Social Media Coordinator - Boottique Inc. The Boot Hanger Company

Experienced

  • President & Owner - Affiance Coaching*
  • Health & Benefits Consulting Analyst - Mercer
  • Global Benefits Analyst - Digital River
  • Human Resource Specialist, Benefits and Onboarding - Digital River
  • Contract Trainer - Teachstone, Inc.
  • Statistical Consultant - University of Delaware*
  • Founder - Kusri LLC
  • Senior Development Officer - University of Minnesota
  • Director of Sales - Bluewater Inc.
  • Business Sales Manager - Apple
  • Senior Account Executive - SPS Commerce
  • Senior Talent Development Consultant - Medtronic, Inc.
  • Career Management Consultant - Right Management*
  • Senior Account Manager - The Brewer Group
  • Client Services Advisor - Colliers International Pittsburgh
  • Transaction Manager - Colliers International
  • Founder/Owner/Artist - Out of the Blue Art

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Public Policy - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Nonprofit Management - University of Minnesota
  • MBA, Consulting - University of Minnesota
  • MBA, Business Administration and Management - University of Minnesota
  • Certificate, Human Resource Development - University of Minnesota
Nonprofit, Human Services, & Social Justice - SEA

Internships

  • Administrative Volunteer - CornerHouse Interagency Child Abuse & Evaluation Training Center
  • Au Pair - Personal Family
  • Early Education Development Intern, People Serving People
  • Human Resources Assistant, Project Footsteps
  • Research Assistant, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Early Childhood Development Program Intern, People Serving People
  • Family Focused Intern, Washburn Center for Children
  • Donor Relations Intern, Hennepin Theatre Trust

Entry-Level

  • Domestic And Sexual Violence Advocate - Cornerstone Advocacy Services
  • Youth Response Center Leader - The Bridge for Youth
  • Parks and Recreation Leader - City of Hopkins and Minnetonka
  • Child Protection Social Worker - Hennepin County Child Protection

Experienced

  • Social Worker - Palm Valley Rehabilitation and Care*
  • Social Worker - PrairieCare*
  • Legal Liaison, Human Services & Public Health - Hennepin County

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Social Work - University of Minnesota
  • MSW, Clinical Social Work - St. Catherine University
  • MPA, Humphrey School of Public Affairs