Studying a degree in psychology will provide you with a broad range of skills, which include the following:
- Analytical research.
- Team working.
- Communication skills both written and verbal.
- Handling data and statistics.
- Problem solving.
As a result, these transferable skills can be used as the basis for a diverse range of job roles and career paths many of which are outlined in this guide.
Researching your Career Options
Read our ‘Researching Your Career Options’ guide for information and resources that will help you to explore your options.
Prospects offers a great tool to help you research your options with your degree: Prospects 'What can I do with my Psychology degree?'
Every year, we contact our recent graduates to find out what they have gone on to do six months after their degree at Manchester Met. Here are some recent examples.
- Assistant Psychiatrist at a Mental Healthcare Unit
- Behavioural Assistant
- Graduate Intern, Mental Health Services
- Marketing Intern at a university
- Special Needs Teaching Assistant in a primary school
- Support Worker in a hospital
- Programme Executive for a market research agency
- Children Support Worker for Social Services
- Interventions Facilitator in a prison
- Merchandiser for a home textiles company
- Assistant Clinical Psychologist
- Graduate Psychologist
- Family and Children Support Worker
- Peer Mentor for a charity
- Project Officer in local government
- Research Assistant at a university
Further study is also a popular option for many psychology graduates:
- Masters in Psychology.
- Forensic Psychology.
- Organisational Psychology.
- Psychological Research.
- Speech and Language Therapy.
- Mental Health Research.
- Social Work.
- Primary and Secondary Teaching and Human Resources.
You can also use the Manchester Met Alumni search facility within LinkedIn to look at the career paths of former students. For help and guidance with setting up a profile see our Creating Your LinkedIn Profile guide.
Becoming a Psychologist
You may decide to progress into a role that directly relates to your degree subject.
- Clinical: Reducing distress and positively improving the wellbeing of clients.
- Counselling: Helping clients with difficult life issues and mental health conditions.
- Educational: Helping children/young people with emotional, social and learning difficulties.
- Forensic: This relates to the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, working with prisoners, offenders, victims of crime and the judicial and penal system.
- Health: Helping patients to manager the psychological aspects of their illness.
- Occupational: Focus on the world of work and aim to improve job performance and satisfaction of employees.
- Sport and Exercise: Looking at the behaviours, mental processes and well-being of individuals and teams.
Both related experience and postgraduate study are required in order to become a Chartered Psychologist. The following sources will provide you with further information about the options:
- The British Psychological Society (BPS) has an informative website to guide you through how to become a psychologist with useful video clips, written guides, illustrations and details about job vacancies.
- The Careers In Psychology website is full of useful case studies and articles relating to working in psychology, you can sign up to receive a newsletter for further information.
- Kent University has a useful ‘I want to Work in…Psychology’ resource.
- The BPS also provides a place to start researching options for training.
There are many alternative career paths available to you because of the different skills acquired as a psychology student. The following article illustrates just a small sample of the wide range of possibilities: Unusual Career Paths for Psychology Graduates.
Useful Links Covering Key Areas of Psychology:
The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulates professional psychologists and recognises seven categories of Practitioner Psychologist.
Additional Links Detailing Popular Careers Areas:
Psychology related Social Media:
Because psychology looks at the study of human behaviour it is considered to be a valuable degree subject by a wide range of employers, these include:
- Social Services.
- Local and National Government.
- Schools and Colleges.
- Police, Prisons and the National Probation Service.
- HR Departments.
- Marketing Companies.
- Financial Services.
- The Media.
- Commercial Companies.
Psychology-related job vacancies are advertised in the BPS’s Appointments Memorandum.
Also, check the links to each Branch of Psychology for specific vacancy sources.
Other vacancies may be found at the following sites:
Links for Further Study:
Additional Information Including Global Links:
Careers and Employability Support
The Careers and Employability Service offers a range of support to Manchester Met students and graduates:
Detailed Careers Guides: Our full range of careers guides, including information on finding and applying for work and further study opportunities are available on our website.
Ask a Careers Question Online: Get online advice through My Career Hub, ask your question at any time and receive support via email.
Careers Consultant Appointments: Book a 30 minute appointment to discuss working or studying abroad with a Careers and Employability Consultant.
Careers Events: Meet employers and enhance your employability by attending our workshops, employer events and careers fairs.
- CV and Applications Drop-In - Monday and Thursday 1pm-3pm.
Every week during term-time in Brooks Student Hub.
For more information visit www.mmu.ac.uk/careers