psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

General Psychology

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

Undergraduate learners in the General Psychology specialization integrate psychology knowledge with associated skills by engaging in a curriculum that presents fundamental psychological concepts, theories, empirical findings, and historical trends. In particular, learners focus on social, abnormal, positive, and biological psychology and lifespan development, motivation and performance, learning and cognition, research methodology, culture and diversity, and ethics. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to build on their knowledge and skills at the graduate level or pursue careers in a variety of settings, including education, public service, law enforcement and corrections, business, human development, and rehabilitation and mental health.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Conceptualize the application of one’s values, skills, and knowledge of psychology to realize personal goals, professional opportunities, and societal needs
  • Develop effective communication and quantitative literacy skills
  • Use critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving in psychology
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology
  • Apply information analysis and research methods and use technology tools and applications appropriate for psychology
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand ethical behavior, tolerate ambiguity, value empirical evidence, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Case manager
  • Mental health technician
  • Human resources generalist
  • Residential counselor
  • Recruiter
  • Research assistant
  • Training manager
  • Academic advisor
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Mental health specialist

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Individual and family services
  • Health practitioner’s office
  • Government support
  • Insurance carrier
  • Consulting service
  • Community or technical college
  • Outpatient care center
  • Skilled nursing facility

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 

Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.