Career Exploration and Planning

What can I do with a Psychology Major? The short answer to this question is that you can do just about anything with a Psychology major. As a student in the Liberal Arts your coursework prepares you to engage in critical inquiry across a wide array of disciplines and circumstances. Psychology further hones your critical thinking, research, and analysis skills, while providing you with a more scientific understanding of animal and human behavior. These skills can be applied to diverse range of career settings.

Careers in psychology can be found at a variety of levels. An undergraduate degree in Psychology generally prepares you for entry-level positions that utilize people skills, analytical skills, writing skills, and research skills in fields such as human services, business, criminal justice, health, and education. Careers requiring graduate school work in Psychology can be found in fields such as research, clinical, counseling/therapy, forensic, health, sports, education, and industrial/organizational. The links below provide information about potential careers in:

Helping Professions
Child Development
Medical Field

In addition to academic advising within the Department, there are several campus resources to guide your career search. Undecided students who are unsure about their desired major/career are encouraged to visit the CCAS Career Exploration Center. The Letters and Science Career Services office offers a variety of opportunities ranging from career assessment, resume writing, interviewing techniques, internships, graduate school, and more. Online resources include:

BuckyNet - a tool that allows you to search for jobs, internships, and participate in on-campus interviews.

LinkedIn - allows you to connect with professionals.  We have a UW-Madison Psychology Alumni group which students can join and network with alumni of the Psychology department.

Badger Bridge - Online networking resource for current UW-Madison students and alumni.Find and connect with alumni working in your field of interest.