Psychology Career Guide

Explore Options: A Menu of Major-Specific Experiences and Sampling of Related Career Paths

Academic Resources

Explore Psychology academic resources designed to support your academic goals.

Curriculum Guide

Psychology Department

CLAS Advising Department

What Can I Do With This Major?

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Feeling like you don't know what to do with all of this great information? We highly encourage to make an appointment with your academic advisor and career advisor. Another great starting point is the Self-Guided Career Exploration Tool.

Career Resources

Unlock career potential in Psychology! Discover resources to maximize your professional trajectory.

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Employment Options for Psychology Majors

Career Communities

Menu of Experiences

Study Psychology Abroad

Through study abroad you’ll also set yourself apart from other job-seekers and graduate-school applicants in an increasingly competitive market.

Imagine yourself studying psychology in Vienna, Austria, the hometown of famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, arguably one of the most influential contributors to the field itself.  Explore the history and development of the field from a truly unique vantage point that will distinguish you from your classmates.

Psychology Student Abroad

Join A Student Organization

Get involved with a student organization related to your major. Student orgs are a great way to get connected and explore career options!

Student Organizations

Develop Skills by taking courses and earning certificates:

Developing relevant skills that employers seek is an essential component of a student's education. GVSU students should consider elective courses and certificates that pair with their major to gain additional skills.

  • Research
  • Understanding human behavior
  • Academic writing
  • Problem-solving
  • Analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information
  • Interpersonal awareness
  • Basic statistical analysis
  • Understanding of psychological theories and the history of psychology

Electives to Consider

Community Service Opportunities

Seek volunteer opportunities related to the field you're exploring as a way of testing out future careers.

The Civic Engagement Center keeps a list of current volunteer opportunities updated on their website. There are ongoing opportunities on a continuous basis, as well as on-campus and off-campus opportunities posted as they become available.

Civic Engagement Center

Undergraduate Scholar Engagement

Pursuing academic, creative, and research experiences and projects outside the classroom is an excellent way to learn new skills and build a body of work in your field.

The Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement (CUSE) provides opportunities for undergraduate research and scholarship.

Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement (CUSE)

Psychology Career Spotlights

Elizabeth Buchanan '18 Spotlight

Elizabeth Buchanan '18

Talking walks every night in the spring of freshman year...once it started to warm up. A group of us (4-8 of us) would always go for long walks on campus. It was always so peaceful and quiet until we made it loud.

Pamela Besteman '96 Spotlight

Pamela Besteman '96

During a winter practice for the Rowing Team, our coach had us play soccer on the Ski Hill. We had so much fun running up and down the hill, chasing the ball, tackling each other, and laughing our heads off while trying to beat our teammates.

Rachel Salinas '10 Spotlight

Rachel Salinas '10

My most foundational experience at GVSU was participating in multiple research projects with faculty and peers.

Eric Drewry '07 Spotlight

Eric Drewry '07

My favorite memory is probably a collection of memories that I have while working as a dispatcher at the Grand Valley Police Department. I have life-long friends that I met there, I've even officiated two weddings for friends I met at the dispatch desk.

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Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Family Service Worker – Head Start for Kent County
  • CLS Mentor – Indian Trails Camp
  • Project Coordinator – nexVortex
  • Youth Supports Coordinator – Muskegon Community Mental Health
  • Mental Health Worker – Forest View Hospital
  • Human Resources Assistant – Deer Valley Ski Resort
  • Medical Sales Assistant – Paragon 28
  • Direct Line Therapist – Building Bridges
  • Service Specialist – State Farm Insurance
  • Senior Associate of Community Investment – United Way
  • Clinical Program Manager – Hope Network
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Americorps
  • Financial Counselor – United Way
  • People Services Generalist – National Heritage Academies
  • Consumer Relations – Wolverine Worldwide
  • Crisis Aide – Every Woman’s Place
  • Employment Specialist – Goodwill Industries
  • Foster Home Developer – Orchards Children’s Services
  • Child Welfare Worker – State of Michigan
  • MedNow Specialist – Spectrum Health

Attend Events

Career Community- Human & Public Service

Employer Showcase: Muskegon Conservation District

March 13, 2024 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Stop by the Mackinac Hall First Floor POD anytime between 9:30am and 2pm to meet representatives from the Muskegon Conservation District! Students can stop by for a casual conversation...

Employer Showcase: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

March 20, 2024 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Stop by the Mackinac Hall First Floor POD anytime between 9:30am and 2pm to meet representatives from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy! Students can stop...

2024 Health Professional and Graduate School Fair

March 21, 2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Explore your future at the annual Health Professional and Graduate School Fair hosted by the GVSU Career Center! Ask questions. Get information. Make professional connections directly...

JCPenney Suit Up - Winter 2024

March 24, 2024 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

All Grand Valley students and alumni are invited to attend a GVSU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event! This event will include options to participate virtually or in-person. In-person: Come to JCPenney at RiverTown...

2024 HTM Networking Extravaganza!

March 25, 2024 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Stop by before, after, or even during classes from 10:30am-3:30pm on Monday, March 25, 2024 in the Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall (105E DeVos Center) to chat to local managers from a variety of hospitality...

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Consider joining the Human and Public Services Career Community or any other Career Community you are interested in!

Beyond Undergraduate: Graduate or Professional Programs

Undergraduate Psychology majors are able to pursue a variety of graduate degrees. Below are a few examples:

  • Master of Social Work
  • Master in Counseling
  • Master/Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Psy.D. in Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Law School

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Career Center Resources

Looking for other career resources? The Career Center Resources page contains resources related to careers, resumes, internships, job search, interviewing, networking, and more.  

Page last modified February 7, 2024