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Monday 25 January

Employability Service

Your Career Options


Further details on typical roles, employers and sector trends can be found on our Employability Portal and within the Job Sectors section of the Prospects website and TargetJobs. To find out how your strengths, skills and interests may be suited to a particular job, try the career planner.

There are a wide range of occupations that open to graduates in Psychology including those listed below.

For an overview of the occupations entered by psychology graduates and an outline of the many skills developed from studying this subject see:

Professional bodies

The professional bodies and degree-specific websites offer information on the labour market, continuing professional development and in some cases, networking opportunities, examples include:

To find out how your strengths, skills and interests may be suited to a particular job, try the career planner on the Prospects website.

Further study

Further study may be required for some types of work (for example, research) and Universities and Institutions offering postgraduate courses can be found on the UCAS website.

Chartered Psychology

Areas in which you can become a Chartered Psychologist:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Teachers and Researchers in Psychology

Information about each of these areas is found on the British Psychological Society’s website at:

Conversion courses

To work as a Chartered Psychologist you need to first achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and then undertake further Society-accredited training before being eligible for entry onto the Register of Chartered Psychologists.

The easiest way to achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership is to take an honours degree accredited by the BPS. If your course is not accredited, or your degree is not in psychology, then you can gain GBC by undertaking a conversion course. You can find out more about conversion courses on the British Psychological Society website.

Work experience

Relevant work experience of 6 months or more is usually required to entering training for one of the specialist Chartered Psychologist professions. When considering experience to undertake, think about what type of role you are interested in after graduation and then think about organisations that work with that particular client group. Examples of organisations include:

Assistant Psychologist posts

Additional sources of information

Educational Psychologist
Environmental Psychologist
Sports and Exercise Psychologist

Alternative careers with a Psychology degree

Whereas many psychology graduates follow a Chartered Psychologist route, there are many who choose other career destinations. Psychology degrees can also lend themselves to working within other sectors for example, human resources, market research, and retail management. Some of these alternatives are listed below, together with examples of resources showing job descriptions, case studies and typical work opportunities, as well as links to the relevant professional association sites.

For more information please see:

Human Resources (HR)

The HR role is found in just about every industry sector and can be a generalist one (dealing with all aspects of human resources) or a specialist one with a focus on a particular element e.g., recruitment and staffing, employment law, training and development etc.

Even trainee roles may ask for some work experience so students are advised to find summer or part-time work in HR administration and/or work shadowing where possible. When searching for entry level permanent positions, look for Assistant, Trainee or Graduate roles and those where assistance with working towards the CIPD qualification is offered, as the CIPD is often a pre-requisite for more senior positions.

Graduate schemes are another good way to find entry level HR positions within various industry sectors. If you are interested in applying, research the companies and check for the open and close dates – you should be ready to apply during the first semester of your final year.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

These two professions often need some clarification as to their differences. Useful information on this as well as training required, accredited courses and typical job areas can be found on the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy website.

Other useful sites include:

Recruitment Consultancy

Consultancies (or Agencies) often offer opportunities for Graduate Trainees. You could work for an agency that specialises in certain job roles e.g., Finance, IT, Engineering. Other generalist consultancies handle many varied job sectors and vacancies. Psychology graduates are often suited to the role given the nature of the degree, in terms of understanding behaviour and using psychometrics.


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