Careers in psychology

Female UVic student working on a computer in a psychology lab
Experience working in UVic psychology research labs is great preparation for many careers.

What can I do with a degree in psychology?

Psychology is the science of understanding why people think, feel, and behave the way they do. Studying psychology can lead to a variety of careers that involve working with people, facilitating well-being and engaging in scientific research. Those wanting to work in a clinical setting will pursue graduate studies to obtain the required credentials.

Co-op + Career Services is here to help you succeed in the working world. They provide resources, workshops, programs and support to help you navigate your career—while you're a student and long after graduation!

My undergraduate degree started me on the pathway to thinking critically, balancing decision making through scientific evidence with inherent human nature.
—Wynona Giannasi, BSc Psychology (1999)

Some career options for psychology majors

  • Child care worker
  • Clinical psychologist*
  • Counsellor/therapist
  • Disability services worker
  • HR specialist
  • Immigration officer
  • Marketing specialist
  • Medical doctor*
  • Mental health worker
  • Neuroscientist*
  • Occupational therapist*
  • Policy researcher
  • Probation officer
  • Social service worker*
  • Sports psychology consultant
  • Teacher/instructor
  • Victims advocate

*Additional education and training may be required

More information from UVic Co-op + Careers (pdf)

Meet our alumni

Eva Boyer

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst

Eva conducts functional behaviour assessments and creates intervention program plans for children and adults. Some of these individuals may have received a diagnosis such as anxiety disorder, depression, autism, etc. or a learning disability, while others have no formal diagnosis but desire professional help with a specific issue, situation or problem. She has extensive experience working with children with special needs, such as autism. Read more

Psychology - BA (2013)

Derek Vroom

Educational Assistant
Greater Victoria School District

Derek primarily teaches designated children with mental and/or physical disabilities, while working with the rest of the student population. He designs and implements Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in conjunction with teachers, counselors and the students' parents. He teaches one-on-one, or in small groups. He believes his job is to bridge those gaps and ensure all students have the best education available. Read more

Psychology - BA (2013)

Kathleen Patton

Occupational Therapist

Kathleen works with children with a variety of diagnosis (e.g. Autism, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, etc.) aged 4–12 in home and school environments to help families learn skills to assist their children develop fine motor skills, executive function skills, play skills, and self-help skills (feeding, dressing, etc.). Read more

Psychology - BSc (2010)

Erich Mohr

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Founder
MedGenesis Therapeutix Inc.

Erich is the Chairman and CEO of MedGenesis Therapeutix Inc., which he founded in 2005. A Professor of Medicine and Psychology at the University of Ottawa until 1997, Erich has nearly 30 years of experience in experimental therapeutics of CNS disorders. He has overseen and/or participated in dozens of clinical development programs resulting in a number of approved drugs. Read more

Neuroscience - MSc, Clinical Neuropsychology - PhD (1982)

Andrea Duke

People Management Analyst
Shared Services North America, Vale

Andrea is part of a team responsible for various Human Resources transactions and services for approximately 7,000 employees across Canada. After developing an interest in organizational psychology, she completed two co-op work terms in Human Resources. After graduation, she completed an 8-month management trainee internship in Brazil with Vale through the UVic AIESEC chapter. Read more

Psychology and Biology - BSc (2009)

Wynona Giannasi

Partner
Howegroup Public Sector Consultants Inc.

Wynona runs a boutique public sector consulting practice based in Vancouver. She provides project management, stakeholder engagement, communication and evaluation services to a variety of government and non-profit organizations. She works with a wide range of dedicated people, from front line health care providers to senior clinical and administrative leaders and internationally recognized physicians and researchers. Read more

Psychology - BSc (1999)

Darren Rayner

Professional Filmmaker
Magnafire

Darren is a Vancouver-based filmmaker with extensive experience in action sports and commercial film production. He is co-creator of the film production company Magnafire. Darren has an impressive portfolio and currently creates branded content for clients including Mazda and Red Bull. Darren was inspired by the talented athletes he met while studying at UVic and developed his passion for filmmaking while completing his Psychology degree. Read more

Psychology - BSc (2009)

Alistair Vigier

Investor Relations
HART Legal

After launching his own consulting firm offering marketing and business development services to franchises, Alistair connected with Victoria-based law firm HART Legal and worked to turn the firm into a franchising operation. Alistair helped grow the firm’s revenue from $2.5 million in 2015 to $3.5 million in 2016 and was named one of BC Business Magazine’s Top 30 under 30 in 2017. Alistair now manages HART Legal’s Investor Relations department. Read more

Psychology - BA (2013)