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Career Options for a B.A. in Psychology

The study of psychology entails an examination of the human condition that is relevant to many occupations. UMKC psychology undergraduates receive a broad-based training that exposes them to a wide variety of areas. This training provides adequate preparation for entry-level positions in diverse fields.

The following table shows a sampling of 20 diverse employment opportunities available for graduates with bachelor's degrees in psychology.  Click each occupation to find out information about job characteristics, employment projections, and career preparation.

Community Services:

· Health Educators

· Program Directors/Directors of
Volunteer Services

· Religious Activities & Education

· Social Workers


· Advertising Sales Agents

· Claims Adjusters, Appraisers &

· Human Resources Assistants

· Insurance Underwriters

· Public Relations Specialists


· Market and Survey Research

· Psychological Research

Mental Health:

· Mental Health Aides/Case Managers

· Psychiatric Technicians

Criminal Justice:

· Correctional Treatment Specialist

· Probations and Parole Officers

Other Interesting Positions:

· University Positions

· Teacher Aides

· Flight Attendants

· Meeting and Convention Planners

· Recreation Workers


For students interested in pursuing a career in the field of psychology, a psychology major is a logical starting point. It is important to note that many professional opportunities in psychology (e.g. psychologist, school counselor, rehabilitations counselor, neuropsychologist, etc.) require advanced education in the form of a master or doctorate degree. Students who wish to pursue a career in psychology are advised to prepare for graduate study. The psychology major at UMKC offers a solid educational foundation for students who plan to work toward advanced degrees in this field.

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology, there are many steps involved in the process. The American Psychological Association (APA) has developed a video series that steps students through each stage of the graduate application process.

Websites referenced on this page:

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Career Services

The University of Georgia Career Center

Marky Lloyd's Careers in Psychology

Nursing for Psychology Majors

The Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Dictionary of Occupational Titles

The Occupational Information Network

Psi Chi

Psych Web




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