A bachelor degree in psychology is the second most popular major after business, according to a 2008 report by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program. The popularity of the major is for good reason. There is a broad range of careers you could enter with a bachelor in psychology, including business, law, academics and government. Graduate school, including a masters or doctorate degree are other options if furthering education and becoming a psychologist are goals.
When contemplating a good career fit, it’s useful to know the types of job skills those with bachelor of psychology degrees tend to have. Certain careers are often better matches for people with specific aptitudes. Psychology bachelor degree graduates tend to be good at research and writing. They are analytical, good at figuring out and putting together information. They also tend to be good problem solvers. These skills can translate into careers in many fields including work as counselors, interviewers, personnel analysts, writers and human resources personnel.
Working in Business
Working in the business sector is one option for graduates with a psychology degree. Some areas to consider include banking, sales and marketing, public relations, event planning, restaurant and hotel management and office management. The effective communications skills of a psychology degree graduate, both one-on-one and in group situations, makes entering the business sector a valid choice. Also, an understanding of organizational behavior and being able to think critically, with a solution in mind, makes psychology degree graduates ideal for jobs in business.
Working in Academia
Academia is one field that those with good interpersonal skills and an interest in helping others might want to consider. School related careers for psychology degree graduates include jobs in admissions, career services and residential life. According to the American Psychological Association, 80 percent of psychology bachelor degree graduates who were working in their field were in educational settings. It’s also possible to teach high school psychology by meeting the state certification requirements. Psychology graduates who work in academia tend to have advanced degrees like masters and doctoral degrees.
Working in Law Enforcement
Though perhaps not the most obvious choice, law enforcement is one career path in which psychology graduates are prepared. The problem solving skills, the need to understand human nature, and ability to assess situations are important when dealing with stressful situations you might encounter in law enforcement. Parole officers, corrections counselors and officers, and juvenile workers are all options for psychology grads.
Working in Government
Government holds opportunities for those graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology. For example, people who work for child protective services need to have a good understanding of human behavior. Having solid writing skills, and the ability to assess, synthesize and evaluate information could lead to work as a policy or data analyst working for the government.
C.E. Chan has been a writer since 2003, contributing to magazines, online publications and education organizations. Her work has appeared in "Popular Dogs," "Dog World" and "The Architect's Newspaper," among other outlets. With a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California, Chan worked in the architectural field for several years before becoming a writer.