Careers and Internships
The work done by psychologists is as varied as human thinking and behavior itself. Psychologists work in social services, clinical settings, industry, government, and in private practice. To work in the field as a professional, a graduate degree is highly recommended and almost certainly necessary. Students are encouraged to explore career options early by meeting with the department chair and other faculty, and doing their own research on career options and opportunities. Some sort of clinical or applied experience is an important component of preparation for a psychology-related career. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for research with faculty in the department, and to seek out applied experience in one of the many clinical settings or social service settings available in the Twin Cities area. Click here for a list of suggested sites.
The following links lead to some useful information on psychology-related careers.
Career Fields Alumni Have Chosen
Below are some examples of career paths that students have taken after graduating from UST with a Psychology major.
- Kindergarten teacher
- Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Disaster Recovery Case Manager
- Early Childhood Special Ed Teacher
- Senior Financial Analyst
- Marriage and Family Therapist
- Licensed Psychologist at the Center for Grief, Loss, and Transition
- Disability Specialist – Disability Determination Services, SSA
- Behavioral Therapist at Minnesota Autism Center
- Montessori Toddler Guide
- Market Research Executive
- Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit
- Senior Statistician at Medtronic Neuromodulation
- Marketing Specialist for financial services organization
- Director of Training, Research, and Communications for the MN Dept. of Public Safety
- Associate Human Resources Manager at General Mills
- Physical Therapist
For many more examples, and personal “career updates” from these and other Psychology graduates, check out the UST Psych Alums page on Facebook.