The average person has eight different jobs that span three professions or occupations during their lifetime (Chen, 2004). One major characteristic of a liberal arts education is that it is not focused on a specific career, but aims instead to help students learn how to think critically, how to be creative, how to be flexible, how to get along with others, and how to go on learning for the rest of their lives (Chen, 2004). The
Psychology major prepares students for a wide range of careers, which means
that students have many choices to make about potential career paths and
graduate school options. As a result,
our department emphasizes career advising and professional development in our
student advising meetings, through our Careers in Psychology course, and in our
Career Training Modules that students take throughout their psychology major.
According to The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2014 Survey, here are the Top 10 Skills/Qualities that employers want in job candidates and how psychology helps you build them:
Top 10 Skills/Qualities Employers Want
How Psychology at Monmouth Builds Your Employable Skills
1. Ability To Work in a Team
2. Ability To Make Decisions and Solve Problems
3. Ability To Plan, Organize and Prioritize Work
4. Ability To Communicate Verbally With People Inside & Outside an Organization
5. Ability To Obtain and Process Information
6. Ability To Analyze Quantitative Data
7. Technical Knowledge Related To the Job
8. Proficiency with Computer Software Programs
9. Ability To Create and/or Edit Written Reports
10. Ability To Sell and Influence Others
There are numerous career paths you can follow with your degree in psychology. Click here for some examples and how you can best prepare for those careers paths.
This degree has dynamic potential in the sense that it can prepare students to be successful in various professional contexts. Students who go through the curriculum are not pigeonholed into only a few types of career paths.