Career Planning

Studies in psychology can lead to a great variety of careers. These careers vary in scope from human resources, sales, marketing and management to social services, education and counseling. For more assistance, contact UW Psychology Undergraduate Advising at 206-543-2698.


You can do almost anything with a psychology major. When you think about it you will realize that our program teaches you a lot of transferrable skills that are important to a number of different careers. You will learn about people and animals. You will have a strong foundation in understanding how individuals are motivated and think. In addition, you will know about the biological basis for behavior. Students in our major are required to learn about research methods and statistics. When you graduate, you should expect to have experiences with technical writing, be able to critically analyze information and have strong computer skills including statistical databases. These skills and experiences can be used in a variety of careers.

Employers don't hire you for your major; they hire you for your skills and experiences. As a psychology major, you will be able to:

  • Understand major concepts in human behavior
  • Apply perspectives to various situations
  • Explain behavior on several levels of analysis
  • Utilize the scientific research methods
  • Design and conduct studies
  • Draw on and evaluate research evidence
  • Utilize technology for data collection/analysis
  • Evaluate information as a critical thinker
  • Reflect on information and apply it to your life
  • Be aware of multiculturalism and diversity
  • Use scientific writing to convey a concept
  • Communicate in a variety of settings including writing and oral presentation

Because the Psychology major offers a broad, social sciences and liberal arts education, there are many different types of careers available for a Psychology graduate. Here are just some of them:

  • Adoption Specialist
  • Immigration Officer
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Project Manager
  • Financial Adviser
  • Lobbyist
  • Psychological Researcher
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Immigration Officer
  • Facilities Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Human Resources/Employment
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Public Relations
  • Child Protective Services
  • Industrial or Organizational Psychologist
  • Case Management
  • Market Researcher
  • Public Affairs Coordinator
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Urban Planner/Researcher
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Copy Editor
  • Education Psychologist
  • Law Enforcement
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Marriage Family Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Probation Officer
  • Academic Adviser
  • Press Liaison
  • Journalist
  • Real Estate
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Community Relations
  • Event Planning
  • Retail Management
  • Medical Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Advertising
  • School Counselor
  • Social Services Administrator
  • Museum Director
  • Health Educator
  • Human Factors/Ergonomics
  • Service Animal Trainer
  • Employment Agency Counselor
  • Art/Music/Movement Therapist
  • Account Executive
  • Corrections Officer
  • Victim Support Services
  • Police Detective
  • Speech Therapist
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Media Planner
  • Fund Raising/Development
  • Pastor/Religious Counselor
  • Loan Officer/Bank Management
  • Lawyer

In addition, here are some links to websites that offer lists of possible careers:

Eye on PSI Spring 2010

Eye on PSI Winter 2012

The UW Career Center ( ) is available to assist currently enrolled UW Seattle students of the University of Washington in developing a job or internship search plan, managing progress toward career goals, and learning the skills to successfully find a job and/or make a career transition. They offer one-on-one career counseling, an array of workshops, various career fairs, and an active database of open positions. The Career Center is located in 131 Mary Gates Hall.

Students are also encouraged to check out the Career Information System, otherwise known as WOIS, by visiting (available at any UW campus computer). Here students can research information about Washington State careers, schools, and training programs as well as other career planning resources.

UW Counseling Center ( )
offers holistic career counseling utilizing personal goal counseling and career assessments. The counselors are available for both individual therapy sessions and career exploration workshops. The counselors may give you Career/Interest Inventories to help you identify a career path.