Psychology is a liberal arts major in the truest sense of the word. As a discipline, psychology straddles the boundary between the social sciences and the natural sciences, providing students with a perspective that combines the best of both. As a psychology major, you can position yourself well for a variety of careers including business, law, the helping professions, teaching, and research. On this page, you will find resources that can help you as you plan your future career.

Check out the following links for useful career information:

APA Psychology Careers Home Page

Bachelor's Degree Career Options

Careers in Psychology

Careers in Psychology: What comes after my Bachelor's Degree?

Guide to Getting Graduate Degrees in Psychology

How to Apply to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology

Marky Lloyd's Careers In Psychology Page

Online Psychology Career Center

What Can You do with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?
Many of the students who graduate from Knox with a degree in psychology do not go on to graduate school, at least not right away. Virtually all of these students find a position very soon after graduation, and the variety of things they end up doing makes it difficult to put them into easy categories. Many find the same types of jobs in the business world (i.e., sales, management, etc) as graduates in other majors, but most psychology majors who go into business seem to gravitate toward positions in human resource management, training, and advertizing and marketing. Often, the first job in these areas is at a fairly low level, but with just a little bit of experience most of our graduates have been quickly promoted and find themselves in challenging jobs that also pay well. Students often tell us that the skills that are most important to them on the job are the same writing and data analysis skills that they worked so hard on in their courses at Knox.

Probably the most common jobs for psychology students right out of Knox are in social services. A great many new graduates find positions with private and public social service agencies or community mental health centers. In these positions, they work with developmentally disabled people, people with substance abuse problems, families, troubled youth, school districts, prisons, group homes, and just about any needy population one might imagine. These entry level jobs are often low paying and stressful, but they offer valuable experiences that rapidly lead to promotions and new career opportunities. Many of the students in these fields return to school to obtain a graduate degree in social work or counseling; some eventually become teachers.

What Types of Graduate Degrees do Psychology Majors tend to Pursue?
There are always some psychology majors who go on for professional degrees in fields like business, law, and medicine. However, most psych majors who go on to graduate school tend to pursue degrees in one of three main areas. Some seek degrees that lead to careers in the helping professions (nursing, occupational therapy, social work, counseling and clinical psychology), some are interested in careers in human resources and industrial/organizational psychology, others pursue degrees in some area of experimental psychology which lead to careers in scientific research and/or teaching at the college and university level. If you plan on pursuing a Ph.D degree in some area of psychology, it is important for you to get as much research experience as possible while you are still an undergraduate. Also, if you are interested in a career in the helping professions you may find a that a graduate degree in social work is just as useful and even more flexible and employable than a degree in clinical or counseling psychology. Students who are interested in working in the business world will find that a degree in industrial relations or human resources provides very good opportunities for them. Programs at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and Loyola University in Chicago have been especially popular with Knox students who are interested in human resources.

Knox has an enviable record in placing students in graduate programs. Our graduates are actively recruited by the social work program at Washington University in St. Louis and the Labor and Industrial Relations programs at the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota. Almost all of our students who are accepted into Ph.D. programs receive full financial support through fellowships or graduate assistantships.  A partial list of doctoral programs in psychology which have accepted our students in the past 20 years includes the University of Washington, Cornell, Indiana, Ohio State, Yale, MIT, Duke, UCLA, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Texas, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Washington University (St. Louis), DePaul, Utah, TCU, Auburn, Illinois State, Maine, Oklahoma, UC-Irvine, Loyola of Chicago, University of Southern California, Missouri-Columbia, Missouri-St. Louis, SUNY-Binghamton, CUNY, IUPUI, University of Chicago, Florida, Colorado State, Queen's University (Belfast), UNLV, Kent State, Kansas, Nebraska, and York University (Toronto).

What do Knox Psychology Majors do after they Leave Knox?
The answer to this question is a little bit of everything! For an EXTENSIVE listing of the career paths of graduates from the Knox Psychology Department, click on the picture of the brain.