The average person has eight different jobs that span three professions or occupations during their lifetime (Chen, 2004). One major characteristic of a liberal arts education is that it is not focused on a specific career, but aims instead to help students learn how to think critically, how to be creative, how to be flexible, how to get along with others, and how to go on learning for the rest of their lives (Chen, 2004). The Psychology major prepares students for a wide range of careers, which means that students have many choices to make about potential career paths and graduate school options. As a result, our department emphasizes career advising and professional development in our student advising meetings, through our Careers in Psychology course, and in our
Career Training Modules that students take throughout their psychology major. (Learn more here)
A Psychology Major = Employable Skills
According to The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2014 Survey, here are the Top 10 Skills/Qualities that employers want in job candidates and how psychology helps you build them:
|Top 10 Skills/Qualities Employers Want||How Psychology at Monmouth Builds Your Employable Skills|
|1. Ability To Work in a Team||
|2. Ability To Make Decisions and Solve Problems||
|3. Ability To Plan, Organize and Prioritize Work||
|4. Ability To Communicate Verbally With People Inside & Outside an Organization||
|5. Ability To Obtain and Process Information||
|6. Ability To Analyze Quantitative Data||
|7. Technical Knowledge Related To the Job||
|8. Proficiency with Computer Software Programs||
|9. Ability To Create and/or Edit Written Reports||
|10. Ability To Sell and Influence Others||
What You Believe May Not Be True:
Common Misconceptions about Majoring in Psychology
What Can You Do with a Degree in Psychology?
The employment data speak for themselves. Majoring in psychology is a sound economic decision when thinking about careers.
There are numerous career paths you can follow with your degree in psychology.
- Identify and investigate 172 psychology and psychology-related careers
- Access some examples of how you can best prepare for those careers paths.
Let Us Help You Get Your First Job
- Searching for Your First Job
- Writing Your Resume
- Preparing for Your Interviews
- Handshake is a fully integrated system that students and alumni can use to view full-time, part-time, and internship positions posted by employers seeking to hire Monmouth students and alumni.
This degree has dynamic potential in the sense that it can prepare students to be successful in various professional contexts. Students who go through the curriculum are not pigeonholed into only a few types of career paths.
— Nicole Bayles, Class of 2010