Course Selection for Careers in Psychology
picA degree in Psychology can prepare you for a wide range of careers. To help you sort through some of the many possible careers, we have created the following resources. Listed here are a variety of careers and recommended psychology courses. This document was developed by the Psychology Department at Mount Allison University to aid you in course and career planning. The career options listed here are some of the more popular choices for psychology students; there are many other careers for which a background in psychology is highly beneficial. Also, please note that the list of course suggestions is not comprehensive, and is in addition to other courses needed to meet degree requirements. For some of these career options it would be best if you were a Psychology major or minor, for others even a few Psychology courses can help you prepare for your career and further training. More extensive guidance is available in the department. You should also note that for most careers a strong background in research methods, design, & analysis (e.g. Psyc 2001, 2011, & 3001) is invaluable. In addition, we have contacted former MtA Psyc students to ask them what it is like to work in their field.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES
Mental health services/child care services/ community residences/human resources
Teaching & Instruction
Medicine/Dentistry/Optometry/Nursing
The Law & Enforcement
Speech/Language Therapist
Counseling/Social Work/Ministry
Journalism
Commerce/Advertising
Graduate Training in Psychology / Research / Applied Psychology
Areas of Specialization
Clinical or Counseling Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Educational Psychology & School Psychology
Measurement
Personality Psychology
Social Psychology
 

Mental Health Services/Child Care Services/Community Residences/Human Resources
CLICK HERE to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career as a Clinical Psychologist
CLICK HERE  to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career as a Youth Care Worker
These would include a variety of “helping” careers that do not necessarily require professional training beyond the undergraduate degree.
Recommended psychology courses:
        Psyc 2121 (Behaviour Modification)
        Psyc 2431 (Child & Adolescent Development)
        Psyc 2601 (Abnormal Behaviour)
        Psyc 2611 (Health Psychology)
        Psyc 3151 (Drugs & Behavior)
        Psyc 3301 (Interpersonal Relations)
        Psyc 3331 (Death & Dying)
        Psyc 3421 (Adulthood & Aging)
        Psyc 3601 (Introduction to Clinical Psychology)
        Psyc 3821 (Child Psychopathology)

Teaching & Instruction
CLICK HERE  to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career in Teaching

Careers involving instructing children, adolescents, or adults.
Recommended Psychology courses:
        Psyc 2431 (Child & Adolescent Development)
        Psyc 3021 (Psychological Measurement)
        Psyc 3221 (Psychology of Language)
        Psyc 3411 (Cognitive Development)
        Psyc 3801 (Educational Psychology)

Medicine/Dentistry/Optometry/Nursing
CLICK HERE  to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career as a Clinical Orthoptist
CLICK HERE 
to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career in Podiatry
CLICK HERE to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career as a Nurse
CLICK HERE to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career as an Occupational Therapist

For these biologically-oriented careers a B.Sc. is highly recommended
Recommended psychology courses:
        Psyc 2101 (Biopsychology)
        Psyc 2431 (Child & Adolescent Development)
        Psyc 2611 (Health Psychology)
        Psyc 2601 (Abnormal Behavior)
        Psyc 3101 (Human Neuropsychology)
        Psyc 3151 (Drugs & Behavior)
        Psyc 3201 (Memory)
        Psyc 3211 (Sensation & Perception)
        Psyc 3331 (Death & Dying)
        Psyc 3421 (Adulthood & Aging)

The Law & Enforcement
CLICK HERE to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career as a Lawyer
Careers involving the judicial system, the penal system, or the police system
Recommended Psychology courses:
        Psyc 2201 (Cognitive Processes)
        Psyc 2301 (Social Psychology)
        Psyc 2601 (Abnormal Behavior)
        Psyc 3241 (Forensic Psychology)       
        Psyc 3301 (Interpersonal Relations)
Note: a variety of Political Science and Sociology courses would also be beneficial

Speech/Language Therapist
CLICK HERE to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career as a Speech Language Pathologist

These careers involve providing counseling and therapy for speech and language problems.
Recommended Psychology courses:
        Psyc 2101 (Biopsychology)
        Psyc 2201 (Cognitive Psychology)
        Psych 2431 (Child & Adolescent Development)
        Psyc 3101 (Human Neuropsychology)
        Psyc 3221 (Psychology of Language)
Note: Linguistic courses (e.g. Ling 2001, 3001, 3011) are also recommended.

Counseling/Social Work/Ministry
CLICK HERE to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career as a Clinical Psychologist

Some additional training beyond your undergraduate degree would be required for these careers.
Recommended Psychology courses:
        Psyc 2201 (Cognitive Processes)
        Psyc 2431 (Child & Adolescent Development)
        Psyc 2601 (Abnormal Psychology)
        Psyc 3021 (Psychological Measurement)
        Psyc 3301 (Interpersonal Relations)
        Psyc 3311 (Human Sexuality)
        Psyc 3511 (Psychology of Gender)
        Psyc 3601 (Introduction to Clinical Psychology)
        Psyc 3421 (Adulthood & Aging)
        Psyc 3821 (Child Psychopathology)
        Psyc 3901 (History of Psychology)

Journalism
For careers involving the reporting of scientific news and discoveries
Recommended Psychology courses:
        Psyc 2001, 2011, & 3001 (Research Design &Analysis)
        Psyc 2101 (Biopsychology)
        Psyc 2201 (Cognitive Processes)
        Psyc 2301 (Social Psychology)
        Psyc 3101(Human Neuropsychology)
        Psyc 3901 (History of Psychology)
Note: a wide variety of other science courses, and English Literature courses would be beneficial
 
Business/Government/Commerce/Advertising
CLICK HEREto read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career as a Talent Consultant / Recruiter

Recommended Psychology courses:
        Psyc 2201 (Cognitive Processes)
        Psyc 2301 (Social Psychology)
        Psyc 3301 (Interpersonal Relations)
Note: a variety of courses offered by the Commerce Department are also recommended

Graduate Training in Psychology / Research / Applied Psychology
CLICK HERE to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a Research Career
CLICK HEREto read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that is a Project Scientist 
CLICK HERE to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that is a Research Methodologist
 Recommended courses for those interested in attending   graduate school in Psychology:
        Psyc 4990 (Honours Thesis)
        Psyc 4950/4951 (Directed Studies)
        Psyc 3001 (Advanced Design & Analysis)
        Psyc 3901 (History of Psychology)
There are many areas of specialization in Psychology and the recommended courses depends on the area(s) you are     interested in…but remember to take a variety of Psychology courses during your undergraduate career.

Areas of Specialization
Biopsychology, Neuropsychology, or Animal Learning
        Psyc 2101 (Biopsychology)
        Psyc 2121 (Behavior Modification)
        Psyc 2201 (Cognitive Processes)
        Psyc 3101 (Human Neuropsychology)
        Psyc 3111 (Conditioning)
        Psyc 3151 (Drugs & Behavior)
        Psyc 3211 (Sensation & Perception)
        Psyc 4101 (Advanced Topics in Behavioral 
    Neuroscience)
        Psyc 4111 (Advanced Topics in Conditioning)

Clinical or Counseling Psychology
        Psyc 2601 (Abnormal Behavior)
        Psyc 3021 (Psychological Measurement)
        Psyc 3301 (Interpersonal Relations)
        Psyc 3601 (Introduction to Clinical Psychology)
        Psyc 3821 (Child Psycopathology)
        Psyc 4601 (Advanced Topics in Psychopathology)

Cognitive Psychology
        Psyc 2101 (Biopsychology)
        Psyc 2201 (Cognitive Processes)
        Psyc 3101 (Human Neuropsychology)
        Psyc 3201 (Memory)
        Psyc 3211 (Sensation & Perception)
        Psyc 4201 (Advanced Topics in Cognition)

Developmental Psychology
        Psyc 2431 (Child & Adolescent Development)
        Psyc 3331 (Death & Dying)
        Psyc 3411 (Cognitive Development)
        Psyc 3421 (Adulthood & Aging)
        Psyc 4401 (Advanced Topics in Development)
        Psyc 4411 (Advanced Topics in Adulthood & Aging)

Educational Psychology & School Psychology
CLICK HERE  to read an interview with a Psyc MtA Alumni that has a career as a School Psychologist 
         Psyc 2431 (Child & Adolescent Development)
        Psyc 3801 (Educational Psychology)
        Psyc 2201 (Cognitive Processes)
        Psyc 2601 (Abnormal Psychology)

Measurement
        Psyc 2001 (Research Design & Analysis I)
        Psyc 2011 (Research Design & Analysis II)
        Psyc 3001 (Advanced Design & Analysis)
        Psyc 3021 (Psychological Measurement)

Personality Psychology
        Psyc 2701 (Personality)
        Psyc 3021 (Psychological Measurement)
         Psyc 3301 (Interpersonal Relations)
        Psyc 4701 (Advanced Topics in Personality)

Social Psychology
        Psyc 2301 (Social Psychology)
        Psyc 3301 (Interpersonal Relations)
        Psyc 4301 (Advanced Topics in Social Psychology)

In addition to the courses listed here, it is recommended that you also look into the topics covered each year in:
Psyc 3991 (Special Topics)
Psyc 4991 (Special Topics)

Some Helpful Websites for more Career Planning
CPA Graduate School Guide http://www.cpa.ca/students/career 
Psyc Careers http://www.psyccareers.com/
Finding your Dream Psychology Career: Nontraditional Career Paths http://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/02/psychology-career.aspx
Psychology Careers by the Hundreds http://www.apa.org/monitor/2016/01/upfront-careers.aspx
Non-Academic Careers for Scientific Psychologists http://www.apa.org/careers/resources/profiles/index.aspx
Online Psychology Career Center http://www.socialpsychology.org/career.htm
Pursuing Psychology Career Page http://www.psychologycareercenter.org
Marky Lord's Career's in Psychology Page http://www.psywww.com/careers/  
Non-Psychology Careers for Psyc Majors http://www.learnpsychology.org/psychology-major-job-guide/