Western University PsychologyFaculty of Social Science

What Can I Do with a Degree in Psychology?


With an Undergraduate Degree (BA, HBA,  HBSc)...

• Students graduating with a Undergraduate Degree in Psychology have the skills many employers are looking for. To find out more, check out this article: "What employers seek in job applicants: You’ve got the skills they want"  
• Some with Bachelors degrees in psychology find jobs related to their major, including social services such as  child protection work, director of volunteer services, community support work, vocational rehabilitation work, addictions counselling, career or employment
counselling, day care supervisor, mediator, probation or parole officer, residential youth counselling.
• Some find jobs in business, public affairs, human resources, administration, mid-level management, community relations, public relations, advertising and marketing, education, personnel and training specialists, and more.
• An undergraduate degree in psychology is an excellent stepping stone for graduate work in psychology, or advanced training for other fields, such as business, communicative disorders, criminology, education, industrial relations, law, management science, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, and social work.

With a Masters (MSc, MA)...

• Some masters degrees holders handle research and data collection and analysis in universities, government, and private companies.
• Others find jobs in health, industry or education.
• And some find jobs as psychological assistants or counsellors, working under the direct supervision of a  registered psychologist.

With a Doctorate (Ph.D)...

• As would be expected, the highest paid and greatest range of jobs is available to graduates with doctoral degrees.
• A doctoral degree requires a dissertation based on original research, and typically involves 5-7 years of graduate study.
• Psychologists with Ph.Ds work in university, health care, government and industry settings.