Your degree in Psychology

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Psychology, you’ll develop important skills related to behavioural disorders, developmental psychology, social psychology, learning, memory, cognition and perception, personality, motivation, thinking, language, mental health, and much more.

These skills may include:

  • Applying theory to analyze and understand psychological phenomena
  • Laboratory proficiency and research experience in the physical, cognitive, emotional, or social aspects of human behaviour
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data within multiple areas of psychology, as well as maintenance of accurate records
  • Using basic descriptive and inferential statistics to solve problems
  • Designing and executing experiments with human participants, including ethical approval, data collection, basic statistical analysis, and presentation
  • Evaluating a broad range of phenomenon and differentiate between pseudoscience and science
  • Synthesizing peer-reviewed research literature in psychology to answer questions about behaviour
  • Critical and creative thinking to gain insight into human motivation, personality, social processes, health behaviours, mental health, and others

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including healthcare, social work, counselling, government, non-profit, advertising, marketing, journalism, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Addictions counsellor
  • Art therapist
  • Behavioural consultant
  • Child and youth worker 
  • Community worker
  • Consumer advisor
  • Corporate image consultant
  • Counsellor
  • Dating agency consultant
  • Disability management specialist 
  • Employment counsellor 
  • Group home coordinator 
  • Hospice worker
  • Immigration officer
  • Job analyst
  • Labour relations specialist
  • Market research analyst
  • Media relations officer
  • Mental health program manager
  • Mental health worker
  • Organizational psychologist
  • Patient care associate
  • Personnel manager
  • Police officer
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychology research assistant
  • Public affairs officer
  • Public health statistician 
  • Public opinion interviewer
  • School counsellor
  • Social policy analyst
  • Social rehabilitation worker
  • Social services worker
  • Social worker
  • Statistical officer
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical writer
  • Therapist assistant
  • Training and development consultant
  • Transition management consultant 
  • Volunteer services director

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Psychology graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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