- Career Resources for UW-Madison students
- What can I do with a Psychology major?
- Skills & Competencies
Several campus offices provide career advising and can help guide students in their career search.
Undecided students who are unsure about their desired major/career can meet with the Career Exploration Center.
L&S Career Services, called SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science, offers a variety of opportunities and services ranging from career and internship advising, resume writing, interviewing techniques, networking strategies, graduate school preparation information, and more.
Handshake – UW-Madison’s primary recruitment and career event management tool
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.
Inter-LS 210: Career Development, Taking Initiative – For students wanting a more structured career exploration experience, consider taking this course.
Looking for more information about Psychology careers, graduate school, and gaining experience? UW-Madison Psychology students can access additional resources in the Psychology Advising Canvas site.
What you can do with your PSYCHOLOGY major
Students who major in Psychology enter a wide variety of careers, both with and without education beyond a Bachelor’s degree. The American Psychological Association (APA) with the Center for Workforce Studies (CWS) has recent statistics on What do you do with a Psychology degree? CWS Data Tool: Careers in Psychology.
Through its strong interdisciplinary connections with the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and medical sciences, Psychology is positioned well to influence critical issues for society. The unique skills and competencies you develop from your psychology major will offer endless opportunities after graduation. In addition to the foundational set of skills and competencies gained from a liberal arts degree, the following are unique skills and competencies that are acquired from the psychology major:
- Learn about multiple content areas of scientific psychology
- Develop the ability to think critically and quantitatively
- Enhance communication skills in the classroom and in writing
- Understand research strategies and methods as they relate to the scientific study of psychology
- Prepare for the most rigorous graduate and professional programs
- Apply the science of psychology to the well-being of citizens of Wisconsin and the global community
Check out these Psychology Alumni Profiles and learn more about how Psychology Badgers navigated their career paths.
Institutional data on graduate outcomes is collected through the First-Destination Survey and is publicly accessible.