Careers in Psychology

Majoring in Psychology at Lewis and Clark will help you to develop skills and knowledge that are valuable in many settings including the ability to:

  • Understand and analyze issues from a variety of perspectives
  • Think critically about complex issues
  • Analyze data using quantitative methods, and understand statistical information
  • Communicate well with others through writing and speaking
  • Work effectively with a wide range of people
  • Conduct and interpret research

Our L&C Psychology graduates have gone on to careers in many different fields including:

  • Therapy
  • Clinical or counseling psychology
  • Social work
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Child life specialist
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Education
  • Teaching
  • School administration
  • School psychology
  • Testing/Evaluation
  • Academic research
  • Neuroscience
  • Social services
  • Public health
  • Program evaluation
  • Law
  • Public policy

Most of these careers require an additional graduate degree to enter or, eventually, in order to progress in the field. However, there are many career options for psychology majors that do not, including:

  • Human resources
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Employment counseling
  • Program management
  • Case work
  • Program evaluation
  • Behavior analysis
  • Corrections
  • Family services
  • Publishing
  • Media
  • State and federal government employment
  • NGO work

In addition, our graduates are well qualified to go into many entry level positions in business, including advertising, insurance, public relations, marketing, customer relations, and others.

For more on what to do with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, see: Alternative Careers for Psychology Majors (