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From Classroom to Career

Developing Transferable Skills in the Field of Psychology

All academic programs offered at UM help students develop valuable transferable skills. Psychology is the application of scientific methods to study how humans act, think, or feel.

As a Psychology student, you will gain an appreciation of:

  • human diversity
  • the complexity of human and animal behavior
  • the value of the empirical approach to understanding complex problems 

Listed below are transferable skills related to your Psychology Department major. You should use this resource to:

  • gauge whether you feel you are really strong in a certain skill area
  • consider the potential careers that use those skills
  • explore ways to build these skills even more outside the classroom

You can also use the Preparing to Use Your Bachelor's Degree in Psychology resource guide to help you better understand how to apply what you've learned towards the next step.

Skills             Potential Careers     Next Steps

Framing a research question

Developing theories/ideas

Gathering information

Observing people/data/things

Clarifying goals/problems

Summarizing results

Synthesizing conclusions

Experimental psychology researcher

Clinical psychology

Market or consumer researcher

Research scientist 

Advertising account manager

Forensic psychologist

Psychology Research

STAR Scholars



Psychology Thesis Program

Faculty/GSI Office hours

Social Transformation Workshops via BLI


Skills Potential Careers Next Steps

Defining problem areas

Creating a system to analyze data

Organizing and analyzing data

Offering new perspectives

Developing new solutions for recurring problem

Evaluating theory and evidence

Comparing/ contrasting ideas and information



Child development specialist 


Curriculum designer

Job analyst

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

Environmental psychologist

Industrial/Organizational psychologist

Occupational health psychologist 

Human factor engineer / ergonomist

Service Learning Courses

Internships through LSA Engage, Handshake, or UCAN

Student Advisory Group on Engagement







Skills Potential Careers Next Steps

Influencing and persuading groups/people

Informing/ explaining results

Mediating/ negotiating conflicts

Writing clearly

Presenting complex ideas and information effectively

K-12 teacher

College professor

Technical writer

Media director

Public opinion survey worker

Employment counselor

Social media blogger

Ginsberg Center

Ross’s Magnify Program

Barger Leadership Institute

On-campus jobs

Sweetland Writing Center

Common Ground