Psychological Foundations

Introduction to Careers in Psychology

What you’ll learn to do: describe the value of psychology and possible careers paths for those who study psychology

A female captain in the army reads a medical textbook at her desk while conversing with another soldier.
Figure 1. An Army psychologist reviewing medical information.

Generally, academic careers in psychology require doctoral degrees. However, there are a number of nonacademic career options for people who have master’s degrees in psychology. While people with bachelor’s degrees in psychology have more limited psychology-related career options, the skills acquired as a function of an undergraduate education in psychology are useful in a variety of work contexts and are applicable to a wide variety of careers. Basically, studying psychology is never a bad choice!

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why an education in psychology is valuable
  • Describe educational requirements and career options for the study of psychology


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