So I'm a Psychology Major, Now What?
A degree in Psychology prepares students for a broad range of occupations in industries like human services, research, human resources, public relations, advertising, market research, teaching, and sales.
For more information regarding the Psychology major, please visit the Psychology Department website.
Where Do My People Work?
Common Career Tracks
- According to LinkedIn, SJSU psychology majors commonly work in community and social services, education, and healthcare services. Common employers include Kaiser Permanente, County of Santa Clara, and Google.
- Learn about the different career tracks on What Can I Do With My Major?
- Read APA's Careers in Psychology.
- Read LearnPsychology's Guidebook to Non-Psych Jobs.
- Explore Careers in Psychology based on interests or salary.
- Explore Careers in Psychology based on job titles.
- Research job titles at O*Net - Career Information Database.
- Research job statistics at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- View Payscale's Lifetime Earnings to see how years of experience vs. degree level influence average lifetime earnings.
- Thinking about graduate school? Read APA's Guide to Graduate School. Check the Graduation School Application Timeline and Search for Accredited Programs.
- View the U.S. Census Bureau's Pathway After a Bachelor's Degree, which include common occupations and work-life earnings by degree level.
Where Do I Look for Opportunities?
Job, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities
Check SJSU Handshake, SJSU's job and internship database exclusively for students.
General Job/Internship Boards
- USAJobs / Pathways Internships for Students/Recent Grads
- County of Santa Clara / Internships / Volunteer
- City of San Jose / Volunteer
- CA.gov (View List of Jobs by Major)
How Can I Get Involved?
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy
- American Psychiatric Association
- World Psychiatric Association
How Can I Increase My Chances of Succeeding?
Job Search Tips
- Research company reviews, salaries, interviews, & benefits on Glassdoor.
- Check the Psychology Job Resources Mega-List for additional resources.
- Use the Psychology Resume Sample as a guide to tailoring your resume.
- For more resources check out Education, Communication Studies, Sociology, Human Resource Management, Social Work, Health Science, and Business.