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A degree in Psychology can offer students many opportunities, including some that they are not even aware of.  There are many resources on campus to connect students to these opportunities, but students need to seek out these resources. Psychology advisors are able to help students explore fields of interest, search for internship placements, and assist students with career planning.  In addition to the Psychology Department, students can seek out career information from the Career Services Network and the College Social Science.

The Career Services Network is a great place for MSU students to learn about jobs in their field of interest, resume writing, and job postings.  It is important for students to get to know the services available to them early in their MSU career so that they are prepared when the time comes to get an internship or a job.

Although students can work with anyone from the Career Services Network, the College of Social Science has Career Field Consultants who can assist you also. The CSS Career website hosts their information as well as other career related information for Social Science majors.

General Job Areas for Graduates With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology


Child/Youth/Elder CareHuman ResourcesResidential Services
Community ServicesHuman ServicesRetail Management
Consulting ServicesManufacturing/ProductionRetail/Wholesale Sales
Court/Juvenile servicesMarket ResearchSocial Services
Customer ServicesGovernmental/Legislative ServicesSpecial Populations Services
Employee RelationsPersonnel/Human ResourcesStudent/Alumni Services
Employment ServicesPrivate/Nonprofit ManagementSubstance Abuse Services
Financial ServicesPublic Relations/Media ServicesVolunteer Services


Career Preparation Timeline

The suggested timeline below incorporates career planning strategies into your college experience. Our suggestions are not intended to be exhaustive. This section is intended to get you THINKING and TAKING ACTION. 

Freshman & Sophomore Years  • Join a student organization. Participate in campus activities. Visit the Student Life Office • Volunteer through the Service-Learning Center • Schedule an appointment with academic advisor to set up academic plan • Begin to develop relationships with the faculty • Set up your profile on Career Services and Placement's Handshake • Spend a day (or part of one) with a professional who has a job that interests you. 

Junior Year  • Develop a career portfolio to chart your career and skills development • Complete an internship or participate in research • Aim for outstanding academic performance in all your course work • Attend career fairs/seminars. Continue to use the Career Services Network • Discuss academic/career decisions with your mentor, advisor, or counselor • Update your profile on Handshake and monitor job opportunities.  

Senior Year  • Propel your job campaign into full swing; continue to attend career fairs and workshops • Know the job market you hope to enter! Be prepared to complete effectively with other candidates • Update your profile on Handshake and monitor job opportunities. 

Psychology Websites

Job Listings/Job Search On-line 

Psychology Career Center: socialpsychology.org/career.htm  

Mental Health Net- Professional Employment Resources: https://www.mentalhelp.net/ 

MSU Career Services:  https://careernetwork.msu.edu/

Career Planning & Information: 

Careers in Psychology: psywww.com/careers/  

Psychology Careers: http://www.apa.org/careers/res...  

Organizations & Associations: 

I/O Psychology: siop.org  

National Institute of Mental Health: nimh.nih.gov  

American Psychological Association: apa.org 

Social Psychology Network: socialpsychology.org/  

American Psychological Society: psychologicalscience.com 

Miscellaneous Resources: 

Internet Mental Health: mentalhealth.com/  

Encyclopedia of Psychology- Psychology Websites: psychology.org/links/Career  

PsychWeb: psychwww.com  

Department of Psychology: psychology.msu.edu  

MSU Homepage: msu.edu