Careers and Graduate Success in Psychology

Employers and graduate schools want Augustana graduates! Students go into the working world well-prepared and able to take on new challenges skillfully.

There are many careers open to psychology majors.  Some (such as counselor and licensed psychologist) require graduate degrees (masters or doctorate). Others (such as child life specialist and human resources) are accessible with just a bachelor's.  Keep in mind that psychology is a broad field: only half of psychologists work in counseling/clinical areas, while the remainder are spread across areas as diverse as neuropsychology, human factors in product development, and psychometrics, just to name a few. Our graduates have found themselves in many places following graduation, including graduate programs in psychology, counseling, and occupational therapy, in law school, and in a variety of human services-related settings, from mental health to social and medical services to religious ministries. Business and industry desire psychology majors in fields like advertising, public relations, human resources, sales, and more. Career options for psychology majors are virtually unlimited.

Some of our recent graduates include:

  • Kirsten Craft '14, pursuing a Master's in Public Policy, University of Maryland
  • Brian Duxbury '14, attending Medical School, South Carolina
  • Anna Skov '14, pursuing a Master's in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Molly Martin '13, pursuing a Master's in Counseling, Univerisity of South Dakota
  • Rika Peterson '12, earned a Master's in Social Work, University of South Dakota.
  • Ben Walsh ’04, pursuing a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • Savannah Curtin ’03, Human Resources Business Partner, Target Financial Services
  • Crystal Johnson ’02, MarComm & Retail U Manager, Integrated Marketing Solutions
  • April Barton ’01, Director of Design, Learning, & Development, Teach for America
  • Gregg Gohl ’93, Owner/Realtor, Hegg, Realtors Inc.

Psychiatrist is #7 on the list of 100 Best Jobs of 2016 (U.S. News Careers).

Researching Careers in Psychology

There are many resources available for students' career exploration. The psychology department maintains a collection of career-related books for our majors to browse in the Psychology Major Lounge and Work Study Room (Madsen Center 126). Students can also take advantage of the services offered by the Student Success Center (Edith Mortenson Center, Suite 100). Finally, there are many good resources available online for exploring careers in psychology.