Your degree in Psychology

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

These skills may include:

  • Application of theory to analyze and understand psychological phenomena
  • Laboratory proficiency and research experience in the physical, cognitive, emotional, or social aspects of human behaviour
  • Collection, analysis, and interpretation of data within multiple areas of psychology, as well as maintenance of accurate records
  • Use of basic descriptive and inferential statistics to solve problems
  • Experimental design and execution with human participants, including ethical approval, data collection, basic statistical analysis, and presentation
  • Evaluation of a broad range of phenomenon and differentiate between pseudoscience and science
  • Synthesis of peer-reviewed research literature in psychology to answer questions about behaviour
  • Critical and creative thinking used 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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

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 clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Psychology Students’ Association
Sign up for resume and CV workshops, meet your Psychology professors, and attend fun events.

UBC Chapter of Psi Chi
Check out events and award opportunities for psychology students with distinguished academics.

Departmental events
Network with Psychology students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Explore online volunteer postings or reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Psychology’s Human Subject Pool
Learn more about the process of psychological science and contribute to ongoing investigations into human nature.

Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
Present your undergraduate research or simply attend this academic conference in Term 2.

Psychology co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Arts Co-op Program
Gain paid work experience in your area of study as part of your degree program

UBC Wellness Peers
Become a student leader and help support fellow students through proactive wellness-related conversations.

UBC Undergraduate Journal of Psychology
Showcase your research by submitting papers to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Vancouver Coastal Health volunteer opportunities
Find volunteer opportunities in hospitals and health centres. 

Fraser Health volunteer opportunities
Gain volunteer experience in local communities through healthcare opportunities.

Kids Help Phone
Volunteer to help young people across Canada access the support they need.

Psychology career paths
Explore job responsibilities for various types of counselors, therapists, psychologists, and social workers.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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