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What can I do with my degree in Psychology?

Psychology careers

The occupations listed below are a selection of those which may interest students and graduates from the School of Psychology.

Counselling Psychologist

Counselling psychologists use a counselling therapy approach to support people with mental health difficulties or those who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Job profile for a counselling psychologist from the Prospects website
Job profile for a counselling psychologist from the Health Careers website

Educational Psychologist

Educational psychologists assess and support children and young people facing barriers to achieving in education.
Job profile for an educational psychologist from the Prospects website

Forensic/Criminal Psychologist

Forensic psychologists assess and treat prisoners and offenders. They also get involved with profiling, research and giving evidence in court.
Job profile for a forensic psychologist from the Prospects website
Job profile for a forensic psychologist from the Health Careers website

Health Psychologist

Health psychologists help patients to cope with illness and/or to improve their health through psychological means e.g. supporting people to change their diets or give up smoking.
Job profile for a health psychologist from the Prospects website
Job profile for a health psychologist from the Health Careers website

Occupational Psychologist

Occupational psychologists support employers to boost workplace performance and staff wellbeing. They may also work with individuals who are facing difficulties at work.
Job profile for an occupational psychologist from the Prospects website
Job profile for an occupational therapist from the National Careers Service website

Sport and Exercise Psychologist

Sport psychologists work with athletes to help them improve their performance and exercise psychologists help people to increase their physical activity in order to improve their health.
Job profile for a sport and exercise psychologist from the Prospects website

Job profile for a sport and exercise psychologist from the National Careers Service website

Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Worker

Primary care graduate mental health workers provide treatment and advice to people with a range of low-level mental health difficulties.
Job profile for a primary care graduate mental health worker from the Prospects website

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Psychological wellbeing practitioners treat people with a range of low-level to moderate mental health difficulties. They may also refer people for more intensive support.
Job profile for a psychological wellbeing practitioner from the Prospects website
Job profile for a psychological wellbeing practitioner from the Health Careers website

High Intensity Therapist

High intensity therapists provide high-intensity support over longer sessions than psychological wellbeing practitioners. They support people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties.
Job profile for a high intensity therapists from the Prospects website Job profile for a high intensity therapist from the Health Careers NHS website

Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

Cognitive behaviour therapists help people to change their behaviour and thinking patterns in order to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
Job profile for a cognitive behaviour therapist from the National Careers Service website

Psychotherapist

Psychotherapists help people with a range of emotional/mental health difficulties.
Job profile for a psychotherapist from the Prospects website
Job profile for a psychotherapist from the Health Careers website

Counsellor

Providing talking therapy to enable people to talk about their issues in a confidential and supportive environment.
Job profile for a counsellor from the Prospects website
Job profile for a counsellor from the Health Careers website

Mental Health Nurse

Play Therapist

Play therapists use play to help children cope with illness, injury or other difficulties they may be experiencing in their lives.
Job profile for a play therapist from the Prospects website
Job profile for health play staff from the Health Careers website

Teacher/Lecturer/Education Roles

Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and language therapists provide treatment for people with speech and language difficulties and/or difficulties with eating/drinking/swallowing.
Job profile for a speech and language therapist from the Prospects website
Job profile for a speech and language therapist from the Health Careers website


Please note that some of these careers may require further study.

For further information on these careers, see also:

People in some psychology roles may be self-employed

Thank you to Prospects for the content on these pages.

Visit the School of Psychology webpage

Computing Careers

The degree programme pages also include career information:
Psychology
Applied Psychology

Forensic Psychology


 

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