Studying a psychology degree fosters a valuable aptitude for work in both the science and arts fields, and forms a flexible basis for a wide number of careers...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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Due to the levels of competition in the field of psychology, it's increasingly vital to get work experience and voluntary work before you graduate to increase your chances of securing a career in this area.
Placements in all areas of psychology can be difficult to access, but any relevant paid or voluntary work can be beneficial, e.g. working with children or adults with learning difficulties, mentoring, befriending, and working in care homes or with those who are mentally distressed.
Depending on your career aims, it may also be helpful to join the British Psychological Society (BPS) , since membership with the society offers useful networking opportunities and information about continued professional development.
Psychology graduates are often eligible to apply for management training schemes, pursuing a diverse choice of career. Again, work or volunteering experience will be helpful, if not essential. Depending on your preferred path, it may be worthwhile undertaking some further vocational study in order to increase your chances of being appointed.
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Only a small percentage of psychology graduates become professional psychologists, although many work in related fields.
Major employers of psychology graduates include:
Recruitment agencies, such as Psychologist Appointments , can be a good source of jobs.
Transferable skills include:
The scientific aspects of your psychology course, including the application of a reasoned approach, problem-solving and manipulation of data, provide useful tools for careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research.
While the understanding about human behaviour and motivation, ability to critically analyse a problem, formulate a considered response, create an argument and generate new ideas, lend themselves well to careers in the creative industries, the legal sector, government administration and education.
Postgraduate training and study is a requirement to become a chartered psychologist. Many psychology graduates spend a year or more gaining work experience before embarking on postgraduate study due to course entry requirements.
Popular courses for psychology graduates include one-year MSc programmes in forensic, occupational, health or sport and exercise psychology.
Other graduates qualify as teachers as a route into educational psychology. Whilst a teaching qualification is no longer a requirement for this profession, it is still recommended as the most popular route.
For those entering clinical psychology, a three-year Doctorate is required, though few graduates are able to enter this immediately after their undergraduate degree.
More than 60% of psychology graduates are employed in the UK or overseas six months after graduating, with a large number of those working as welfare and housing associate professionals, human resources and industrial relations officers and youth and community workers.
Around 15% are undertaking further study, and a further 10% are combining work and study at the same time.
|Working and studying||9.6%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||18.9%|
|Caring and education work||17.6%|
|Legal, social and welfare||12.8%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||12.5%|
For a detailed breakdown of what psychology graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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