A broad range of possible career options are open to Psychology graduates. Some of the most common roles are listed below, categorised in sectors but this is just a starting point. You can find detailed job profiles using the links below and for other job areas on Prospects or National Careers Service
Education and research: Your understanding of developmental psychology, special educational needs and high level communication skills are beneficial in this sector. You may also wish to continue your research within psychology through a PhD or research assistant position. With relevant experience straight from your degree you could work in educational support roles such as learning mentor or pastoral support officer or begin training as a primary school teacher or further education lecturer. With substantial further study you could become an educational psychologist or higher education lecturer.
Health: There are lots of opportunities for Psychology graduates within the NHS and private healthcare organisations utilising your understanding of mental and physical health issues and counselling skills. With relevant experience you could enter roles such as mental health support worker, assistant psychologist, health trainer or trainee psychological wellbeing practitioner. With further training you could qualify in a healthcare profession such as mental health nursing or psychotherapy or study towards chartership as a clinical psychologist, health psychologist or sport and exercise psychologist.
Social Care: The study of Psychology enables you to develop an understanding of the needs of vulnerable people including individuals with learning difficulties, mental health problems, elderly people and ex-offenders within our society. With further training you could qualify as a youth worker, social worker, forensic psychologist or counsellor. Straight from your degree or to build your experience, possible roles include family support worker, housing officer or project worker.
Charity/ voluntary sector: Roles within health and social care, such as those listed above, are increasingly also found within the charity sector. Volunteering in addition to your degree is the most common way to enter this sector and build relevant contacts. You could also be involved in the running of the organisation through roles such as charity officer, fundraiser or volunteer coordinator.
Business: Many businesses offer positions which accept applicants from any degree including graduate schemes in large companies which aim to attract candidates who can show leadership potential. Your research skills could be particularly useful for positions such as marketing executive or market researcher, whilst human resources is also a popular choice for Psychology graduates. If you are interested in how psychological knowledge and practice can improve the world of work, you could consider training to become an occupational psychologist.
Destinations of Sheffield Hallam BSc Psychology students include:
- Mental Health Recovery Worker at Rethink
- Clinic Manager at Mind
- Assistant Psychologist at Sheffield Children's Foundation Trust
- PR Assistant at Source and Symmetry
- Mental Health Advocacy Worker at Building Community Advocacy
- Research Assistant at Manchester University
- Data Analyst at Boots
- Business consultant at Charlton Morris
- Community intervention worker at Community Links
Destinations of Sheffield Hallam postgraduate Psychology students include:
- Programme Specialist (Applied Behaviour Analyst) at Autism Partnership UK
- Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at NHS
- Assistant Psychologist at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust
- Trainee Clinical Psychologist with University of Sheffield
- Operational Scientist at Cambridge Cognition
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