What Can I Do With a Major In Psychology?

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Studying psychology can take you almost anywhere in the world of work and prepare you for more in-depth study at the graduate level. The career path you take is up to you. Your degree can be used in a variety of fields, such as human services; business, including management, human resources, advertising, sales, or marketing; technology, including web page design or user interface design; and research in a variety of areas.

The Psychology Department offers both BA and BS degrees.

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

  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages
  • Independent, self-motivated work ethic
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups
  • Analytical thinking, problem solving and quantitative skills

Interest code: SIE

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Student Groups

Professional Organizations

Career Options

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 psychology majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • 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

  • Autism Day Treatment Program Intern, St. David's Center for Child & Family Development
  • Research Intern, Veteran’s Health Administration
  • Care Management Intern, Natalis Outcomes
  • Community Events Intern, Red Cross
  • Medical Research Intern, Fairview Health Services

Entry-Level

  • Medical Scribe, Emergency Physicians
  • Pharmacy Clerk, Boynton Health Services
  • Program Manager, Creative Care Resources
  • Care Senior Associate, CIGNA Behavioral Health
  • Clinic Administrative Support and Supervisor, UMN Physicians
  • Behavioral Aid, Fraser
  • Volunteer Services Specialist, Red Cross
  • Research Assistant, Center for Homicide Research
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Fairview Health Services
  • Personal Care Assistant, Student Experience

Experienced

  • Mental Health Practitioner, HFS Autism Therapy Center
  • Living Skills Instructor, Alternatives for People with Autism
  • Medical Device Associate, Vascular Solutions
  • Health Unit Coordinator, Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Care Manager, Sunrise Senior Living
  • Pharmaceutical Care Clinician, Phillips Neighborhood Clinic
  • Health Science Specialist, Minneapolis VA Health Care System
  • SHADE Coordinator, Boynton Health Services

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Public Health, Emory University
  • Cognitive Science PhD, University of Minnesota
  • Pharm D, University of Minnesota
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Health Innovation and Leadership, University of Minnesota
Education - SAE

Internships

  • Early Childhood Development Intern, People Serving People
  • Teaching Assistant, Culture in Motion
  • Marketing Intern, Prodeo Academy
  • Camp Counselor, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
  • International Resources Intern, UMN Housing and Residential Life
  • Intern, UMN GLBTA Programs Office
  • Summer Teaching Intern, Breakthrough Twin Cities

Entry-Level

  • Foreign Teacher, Avalon English (Korea)
  • Education Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Research Assistant, Omaha Public Schools
  • College Access & Success Coach (AmeriCorps), College Possible
  • Research Assistant, The University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development
  • Teacher, Eye Level Learning (Malaysia)
  • Programming Director, University of Minnesota Disability Resource Center
  • Teacher, Woodland Learning Center
  • Global Assistance for Universities Team Assistant, Korea Foundation for the Promotion of Private School
  • APAS & Transfer Specialist, University of Minnesota

Experienced

  • School-Based Mental Health Therapist, Thad Wilderson & Associates*
  • Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota*
  • Special Education Assistant, Minneapolis Public Schools - Anne Sullivan School*
  • Long-term Substitute Teacher, Pulaski Community School District
  • Education in the Schools Program Manager, Hmong American Partnership*
  • Administrative Director, Page Education Foundation*
  • Lead Infant Teacher, KinderCare*
  • Student Experience Coordinator, Normandale Community College*

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts in Education, Hamline University
  • Family Social Science Masters, University of Minnesota
  • Masters of Leadership in Student Affairs, University of St. Thomas
  • Master of Arts in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales - CES

Internships

  • Marketing Coordinator, MN Daily
  • Talent Partner Intern, Mortenson
  • International Business Intern, Exhibits Development Group
  • Business Development Intern: IT & Marketing Division, CEB
  • Event Management Intern, Pulse Integrated Marketing (Malaysia)
  • Human Resources Administrative Assistant Intern, Planned Parenthood
  • Special Events Intern, Phillips Eye Institute Foundation

Entry-Level

  • Creative Problem-Solver, Carmichael Lynch
  • General Manager/Owner/Manager, The Traveling Photo Booth
  • Client Relationship Manager-Asia/Pacific Region, Exhibits Development Group
  • Assistant Event Coordinator, Target Field Events - Minnesota Twins
  • Recruiter, Spherion
  • Talent Qualification Specialist, Kforce
  • Account Executive, Metro Sales

Experienced

  • Senior Event Coordinator, Target Field Events and Tours - Minnesota Twins
  • Consultant & Recruiting Manager, Room & Board
  • Founder & Co-President, CareerPrep
  • Coach & Owner, ME BOLDLY Coaching Services*
  • Realtor, Coldwell Banker Burnet*

Graduate Programs

  • Masters in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism & Communications - AES

Internships

  • Intern and Contributing Writer, Lavender MN LGBT Magazine
  • Communications/Field Organizing Intern, Ilhan Omar for State Representative - 60B
  • Communications Intern, Office of the Governor - State of Minnesota
  • Campus Editor-at-Large, The Huffington Post
  • Digital Marketing Intern, Art Force
  • Social Media Marketing Intern, Meet Minneapolis

Entry-Level

  • Associate Media Strategist, LifeTime - The Healthy Way of Life Company
  • Human Resources Manager, The Minnesota Daily
  • Communications Assistant, University of Minnesota Center for Community-Engaged learning
  • Political Advertising Fellow, Google
  • Copywriter, Russell Herder
  • Social Media Associate, Team Rubicon
  • In Game Promotions Team Member, Minnesota Wild

Experienced

  • Communications Director, Alondra Cano for Minneapolis City Council Ward 9
  • Television Director, Canterbury Park
  • Publication Director, MPLSzine
  • Emerging Media Workshop Facilitator, Twin Cities Media Alliance
  • Creative Director, OLSON
  • Group Creative Director, Colle+McVoy
  • Creative Lead, Public Works

Graduate Programs

  • Masters in Advertising and Mass Communication, Syracuse University
Arts & Culture - ASE

Internships

  • Leading Guide, Japan America Society of Minnesota
  • Archaeology Lab Volunteer, Science Museum of MN

Entry-Level

  • Program Officer, Metropolitan Arts Council
  • Writer/Author, Self-Employed
  • Social Media and Community Manager, Walker Art Center
  • Painter, Painting by Jerry Wind
  • Dancer, Photographer, and Entertainer, Level11
  • Freelance Voice Over Talent
  • Membership Drive Host, TPT - Twin Cities Public Television
  • Creative Project Manager & Graphic Artist, Creative Apparel Concepts
  • Photographer, My Soul’s Anchor Photography

Experienced

  • CEO, Juxtaposition Arts
  • Library Associate, St. Paul Public Library*
  • Adjunct Professor, Minneapolis College of Art and Design*
  • Digital Engagement Strategist, Hennepin Theatre Trust
  • Project Manager/Writer/Event Planner, Independent Consultant (Self-Employed)
  • Producer, Zeus Jones Ltd.
  • Creative Director, Mirum Agency
  • Senior Creative, Wingnut Advertising
  • Digital Project Manager & Freelance Artist/Illustrator

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Library and Information Science, St. Catherine University
Government, Law, Public Policy & International Affairs - ESI

Internships

  • Senate Intern, State of MN
  • International Relations Intern @ Centro Latino Americano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario (Argentina)
  • Adult Probation Aide, Hennepin County
  • Intern, The People's Court of Heping (China)
  • Intern, Ramsey county Attorney's office Child Protection Unity

Entry-Level

  • Administrative Assistant, Zimmerman Reed Law Practice
  • Institutional Development Volunteer, Peace Corps
  • Government Programs and Membership Services, HealthPartners
  • Center Manager, Embassy CES Language Training Worldwide
  • Court Advocate, Domestic Abuse Service Center
  • Project Coordinator, League of Women Voters St. Paul

Experienced

  • Assistant City Manager, City of Brooklyn Park
  • Trainer, Ramsey County Workforce
  • Somali Court Advocate, Pillsbury United Communities
  • Guardian ad Litem, Hennepin County
  • Legal Advocate, St. Paul Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project
  • Senior Administrator, Council on Black Minnesotans
  • Director of International Alumni and Travel, University of Minnesota Alumni Association
  • National Academy of Social Insurance Washington Intern, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Intergovernmental Relations Counsel, League of Minnesota Cities
  • Career Pathways Coordinator, City of Minneapolis

Graduate Programs

  • Juris Doctor (JD), University of Minnesota Law School
  • Master of Public Administration, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Master of Public Policy (MPP) - Social Policy, University of Minnesota
Technology, Data & Analytics - CIR

Internships

  • IT Intern, Martin Williams
  • Research Assistant, Minneapolis VA Medical Center
  • Business Development Intern, WomenVenture
  • Undergraduate Data Collection Research Assistant, University of Minnesota

Entry-Level

  • Data Analyst, Prime Therapeutics
  • Provider Measurement Analyst, Medica
  • Survey Support, University of Minnesota
  • Data Analyst, Institute on Community Integration
  • Application Specialist, MEDITECH
  • Consultant I & II (Integrated fulfillment, SPS Commerce
  • Test Scorer, Data Recognition Corporation

Experienced

  • Operations Data Analyst, AmeriPride Services
  • Customer-Facing Data Deployment Specialist, 3M
  • Business Systems Analyst, Ecolab
  • Senior IT Recruiter, Kforce
  • Employer Network Manager, The Software Guild
  • Systems Analyst, Allina Health
Nonprofits, Human Services & Social Justice - SEA

Internships

  • Emergency Shelter Program Intern, The Bridge for Youth
  • Program Coordinator, YMCA Twin Cities
  • Camp Counselor, True Friends Camp Courage North
  • Crisis Counselor Volunteer, Crisis Connection
  • Healthy Youth Healthy Communities Intern, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis
  • Intern, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Violence Prevention Educator, University of Minnesota Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education

Entry-Level

  • Director of Special Projects, Young Muslim Collective
  • Behavioral Aide, Fraser
  • Children’s Activities Coordinator, Women’s Association of Hmong and Lao, Inc.
  • School-based Service Advocate, Cornerstone
  • Parent Coach, Perspectives, Inc.
  • Summer Youth Coordinator, San Pabli/St. Paul Lutheran Church
  • Children's Activities Coordinator at Women's Association of Hmong and Lao, Inc
  • Child Care Worker, University of Minnesota Child Development Center
  • Primary Behavior Therapist, Partners in Excellence
  • Program Manager, Page Education Foundation
  • Events Specialist, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

Experienced

  • Mental Health Practitioner, Mental Health Systems*
  • Employment Specialist & Business Liaison, Employment Action Center
  • Manager of Administration & Engagement, College Possible

Graduate Programs

  • Masters of Social Work, Augsburg College
  • Masters in Counseling Psychology, Bethel University