Jobs in Psychology
There are a plethora of jobs in psychology that are available to graduates and postgraduates throughout various industries. Many opt to become Chartered Psychologists, following a structured route until becoming fully-fledged psychology professionals as a career path for their professional lives. However, there are other options available for those that either do not wish to become Chartered Psychologists or who change career path during the course of their degree.
Psychology can be studied at all levels and this often starts with A-Levels whilst still at secondary school or sixth form colleges and can end as high as at PhD level, although some may wish to become industry academics and never end their studies in their specific area of choice within psychology. Common career paths taken by psychology graduates include:
- Educational Psychologists
- Occupational Psychologists and Therapists
- Clinical Psychologists
- Counselling Psychologists
- Health Psychologists
We help place psychologists of all levels in jobs suitable for their area of expertise and we help employers of psychology professionals including the National Health Service (NHS) and others find the perfect professionals for their chosen role.
Careers in Psychology – Getting on the Right Path
Whichever route is taken and until whichever level is studied, there are many jobs and careers available to choose from at the end. Moreover, studying psychology and acquiring the skills that are part and parcel of the degree, a graduate will be very appealing and of great use to employers across a range of otherwise unrelated sectors. Over three quarters of psychology graduates are either in work, undertaking further studies or doing both (Source: Prospects)
Those wishing to pursue a career in psychology are best placed when selecting relevant subjects at A-Levels. This means choosing subjects such as psychology (if it is offered) biology and others. Students at this level should also look at what informal internships or work experience placements in the industry they are suitable for as this will give them something at an early stage for their CV to display a level of interest in the field.
Once 18 and complete with A-Levels, the student will need to apply for a psychology degree. They should apply for a degree that is part of a course accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The aim should be to complete the degree which if accredited, will set the student on the path to receiving Grand Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. In addition, many students of psychology do find that there is a specific area within the field that they have a particular interest I n or passion for. If this is the case then relevant and related modules wherever possible should be chosen over others.
Getting Work Experience
Work experience is crucial in almost every industry and area of study if a success is to be made. In psychology, it is particularly important as most Undergraduates who are pursuing a career in psychology undertake Postgraduate study which is essential to becoming a chartered psychologist in the UK.
Before undertaking that additional level of study, a degree of experience is needed to demonstrate a passion and interest in the area. Therefore, many graduates, prior to their postgraduate degree, will undertake work experience for around a year.
It is often the case that work must first be done on an unpaid or voluntary basis before paid experience is offered. Places that offer such experience often include:
- Homeless shelters
- Community Centres
Other Jobs with a Psychology Degree
Whilst many graduates and post graduates of psychology have the desire to become chartered psychologists, some change their mind during their studies and for others it is never their desire from the outset. However, the course itself and many of the skills, both academic and non-academic skills gained through study of psychology are very useful and appealing to a whole range of employers. For this reason, graduates and postgraduates may look at the following roles in addition to any other more closely related psychology roles:
- Counselling Jobs
- Human Resources (HR) Officer Roles
- Police Officer and Detective Roles
- Crime Scene Examiners
- Careers Advisors
There is no shortage of employers looking for graduates of psychology and those with the enviable skillset one learns through the course’s study and this stands graduates in great stead to get a good job.
Get in Touch for Psychology Graduate Jobs
We have many years of experience in placing psychology graduates in the best roles for their skills and we work with a plethora of employers who are looking for graduates. Contact us today and send in your CV to find the ideal role for your skills and study area. For employers, we have a track record of securing some of the finest graduates and postgraduates in this specialised area of study to find the perfect fit for the roles of offer.