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What Can I Do With This Major?


First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in Psychology
Psychology Web Sites
Graduate School Information


The Psychology Department at Brandeis emphasizes a rigorous, scientific approach to the understanding of human behavior. The program examines the most up-to-date and comprehensive psychological research and theory, and provides opportunities for direct involvement in psychological research and application.

The main objective of the Psychology major is to help you develop a solid background in the scientific method and a strong foundation in the fundamentals of psychology, which will prepare you to be thoughtful, analytic and discerning problem solvers. The features of the undergraduate program also make you especially attractive to employers in the mental health and business professions. Given the broad training in quantitative and research skills that you will get, you may consider a wide range of professional areas including marketing and consulting, government and public policy and social and mental health services. You may also choose to go on to graduate school in law, business, medicine, public health, speech pathology or social work, as well as psychology.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Psychology alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Psychology major at Brandeis.

Psychology Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Psychology major at Brandeis.

2014 Brigham and Women's Hospital Research Protocol Financial Coordinator Healthcare/ Research/ Finance
2014 Hill Holiday Analytical Intern Marketing and Advertising
2014 SunSoul Productions Intern Scriptwriter Entertainment
2014 LogicPrep Academic Coordinator Education
2013 PC Researcher in Talent Acquisition Human Resources/ Recruiting
2012 Fidelity Inc. Actuarial Associate Finance/ Banking
2012 Epic Software Developer Computer Science/ Software
2012 Brigham and Women's Hospital Research Assistant Research
2012 Health Advances Analyst Consulting
2010 Every Child Matters Fundraising and Campaign Associate Nonprofit
2010 Childrens Hospital Patient Care Tech Healthcare
2010 Baltimore City Public Schools English Teacher Education
2010 VA Hospital Boston Research Assistant Research
2010 Crossroads School for Children Applied Behavioral Analysis Counselor Education
2009 Cradles to Crayons Executive Assistant to the Founder/CEO Nonprofit/ Community Service
2007 Lifespan/Rhode Island Hospital Clinical Research Assistant Scientific Research
2007 Germaine Lawrence Inc. Residential Counselor Counseling and Social Services


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Psychology (.pdf)

  Psychology Web Sites


Graduate School Information and Resources

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.

Skills and Abilities1

  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Quantitative and research skills, rigorous training in the scientific method—thorough, objective research, analyze data logically, and put forth the findings with clarity.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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