Careers & Outcomes
Searching for a career? Watch the video above to hear advice from Calvin psychology graduate Bryan Dik '98, the Chief Science Officer for jobZology™.
Charting your course
A psychology degree from Calvin can prepare you for a fascinating career of purposeful service to the world.
Over 60 percent of Calvin's psychology majors pursue graduate school or professional training. Graduates who directly enter the workforce most commonly work in addictions recovery, non-profit agencies, business, and human resources.
What can I do with a psychology degree?
A psychology major is a remarkably versatile degree, and it can serve as a foundation for many careers. You can use your psychology degree as a social science degree, which allows you to pursue a career directly related to psychology and work at places like Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Wedgwood Christian Youth and Family Services, Hope (Rehabilitation) Network, or state departments of social services.
You can also use it as a liberal arts degree, which will prepare you to work in a large variety of fields that require critical thinking, problem solving, and general human relations skills. You can use it as preparation for a pre-professional program such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, genetic counseling, Christian ministry, or educational counseling. Or you can use it as preparation for further graduate studies.
These pages further outline some of your options:
- Specializations within psychology
- Preparing for graduate study
- Preparing for a career
- What recent Calvin graduates are doing with their psychology degrees
- Careers options in mental health social work
The Career Center and your academic advisor are excellent resources for charting a career in psychology or a related field.
Career possibilities for psychology majors
With over 100 majors and programs, you’re bound to find something you love.
Browse by category
- Communication & Media Studies
- Education (BA, BS)
- Many specializations, including:
- Master of Education (MEd)
- Health Sciences
- Exercise Science
- Health Education
- One Health
- Pre-Occupational Therapy
- Pre-Physical Therapy
- Pre-Physician Assistant
- Public Health
- Recreation Leadership
- Speech Pathology and Audiology (BA, MA)
- Master of Speech Pathology
- Theraputic Recreation
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
- Actuarial Science
- Computer Science
- Data Analytics
- Data Science
- Engineering (BSE)
- Environmental Science—Natural Resources Track
- Environmental Science—Naturalist Track
- Environmental Studies
- Social Sciences
- World Languages & Cultural Studies
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