Your Future with a Psychology Major

Exploring the Field of Psychology

The field of psychology is incredibly broad and encompasses both research of human behavior and practice in promoting healthy human development. The main branches offered at the University at Albany include: behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology, social/personality psychology, cognitive psychology and industrial/organizational psychology.

The documents below can help you begin searching for information about other areas of specialization within the field of psychology, as well as how to maximize student involvement and experiences within a bachelor's of psychology.

Careers in Psychology

The career options for students majoring in Psychology are varied. At the bachelor’s level, Psychology provides a valuable liberal arts education. A properly constructed curriculum in psychology provides individuals with strong interpersonal or people skills, analytical reasoning ability, and problem-solving ability. These are skills that corporations and government agencies seek when hiring new employees!

Below you can find information on the possible careers you can pursue within the field of psychology. These handouts will help to provide some insight on career options available at the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral levels.  

Please stop by the Psychology Advisement Office (SS399B) if you have any questions or would like more information on potential careers.

Graduate School and Careers Requiring Graduate-level Degrees

Deciding Whether to Attend Graduate School
The information below has an explanation of the different careers you can pursue with both a master's and a doctorate degree in Psychology. The Student’s Guide to the Psychology Major may help to guide you on whether or not graduate school is the right choice for your future.

Many careers in the field of psychology require that you go to graduate school for your master’s degree or your doctorate degree. The information below can help to guide you on what it takes to prepare for graduate school, what some of the different graduate degrees offer you for career options, and how to apply to graduate school. We also encourage you to explore the internet to get ideas about what graduate programs and careers involve.

The Psychology Advisement Office has some very helpful resources including guide books to graduate programs, which you are welcome to come in and look through. You may also come into the Psychology Advisement Office (SS399B) to speak with an advisor about your options.