Psychology not just for “shrinks”

Psychology is one of the most sought after degrees at the university level, but what path should a Psychology major take once they graduate?

In April the Psychology Club at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee presented “From Freud to Loftus: What you need to know for life after your Bachelor’s degree in Psychology” at the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

Over 40 students met with psychology professionals, graduate students, financial aid and career services to review their options for employment and post baccalaureate degrees.

“A lot of people graduate with a degree in psychology and think ‘now what?’” said Jami Worley, president of the Psychology Club at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The great thing about psychology is that your possibilities are unlimited.  Graduates can become counselors, politicians, bankers…you’re a chameleon in whatever field you want to go into.”

An undergraduate education in psychology helps students develop skills that are important in a variety of careers, such as human services, community or public relations, administration, and advertising and market research.  While 25 percent of undergraduate psychology students find careers in directly related fields, another 40 percent find jobs in indirectly related fields such as social work and marketing.  Many students graduating with a bachelor’s degree will work in some division of human or social services. Some common job titles in the area include career counselor, rehabilitation specialist, and psychiatric technician.

“Some of the most important things psychology majors learn during the undergraduate years are skills dealing with people,” said Worley.  “Understanding the human mind and behavior helps give students an insight into good communication skills.”

As many as 40 percent of psychology undergraduates go on to get master’s or doctoral degrees in order to become licensed clinicians in the psychology field.  Financial Aid is often available to those who want to pursue advanced degrees.

“Most people don’t understand all of the opportunities available to Psych majors,” said Worley.  “The biggest advantage of the psychology degree is its adaptability.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee has a bachelor’s degree program in Psychology.  The curriculum for the degree from USF Sarasota-Manatee prepares graduates for the many occupations (e.g., human services, community or public relations, administration, and advertising and market research) and post-graduate degree programs open to Psychology majors.

For more information about the Psychology Club or the bachelor’s degree in Psychology at USFSM, call (941) 359-4330 or visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.