Career Options after Psychology and Mental Health studies

Career options after Psychology and Mental Health studies

What is Psychology?

Psychology is a Science focused on understanding mental processes and behavior. Psychology has many areas of specialization:

  • Social
  • Developmental
  • Educational
  • Cognitive
  • Clinical
  • Counselling
  • Industrial and organizational psychology

What makes Psychology at UTSC unique?

At UTSC many of the Psychology faculty members are award-winning researchers and instructors! Faculty are engaged in research in 5 key areas: Clinical, Developmental and Social psychology, and Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience.

Skills of Psychology Grads

  • Communications Skills (aural and written)
  • Interpersonal Abilities
  • Mediate and Negotiate
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Issues
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Planning/Organizing skills
  • Problem-Solving and Reasoning
  • Leadership Skills
  • Multicultural Sensitivity and Awareness
  • Collect, analyze and interpret data
  • Utilize statistical tests to predict outcomes
  • Write literature reviews and scientific reports

Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads

Common employment destinations include:

  • Case Manager in Social Services
  • Psychometrist’s Assistant in Psychological Services
  • Research Assistant in Hospitals
  • Human Resource Assistant in Business
  • Youth Worker in Community Services
  • Marketing Representative in Business Services
  • Employment Consultant in Non-Profits
  • Crisis Intervention Worker in Emergency Services
  • Probation Officer in Corrections (Government)

The Career Directory

Psychology Grads from UTSC have gone on to:

  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • York Region
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour
  • Humber College
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Rouge Valley

UTSC Psychology graduates are working in Education, Healthcare, and Business.

Graduate & Professional Studies

Popular further education opportunities include:

  • Psychology – Master of Arts / Science (Research)
  • Clinical or Counselling Psychology – Master of Arts (Psychotherapy)
  • Social Work – Bachelor or Master
  • Occupational Therapy – Master
  • Education – Bachelor or Master
  • Law School – JD (Juris Doctor)
  • ABA Behaviour Therapy – Graduate Certificate
  • Human Resources – Certificate (earning CHRP)

Examples of Fields that ‘Fit’ the Skills of Psychology Grads

  • Non-Profit Causes (Disorder/Disease-specific)
  • Government (Federal, Provincial, Regional, Municipal)
  • Social Services
  • Human Resources and Recruiting
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Education
  • Consulting Services
  • Research and Healthcare

Your 4-Year Career Exploration Action Plan

1. Do Your Research

The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:

Attend our workshop Discover Your Skills and Career Options, meet with a Career Counsellor, and use our resources to get to know your skills, values, personality and interests.

Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering information:

  • Information Interviews
  • Working On-Campus
  • Internships
  • Volunteering

2. Explore Career Options & Get Experience

Gain exposure to your options in the world of work and make connections while you’re a student via campus events and programs listed on cln.utoronto.ca and ccr.utoronto.ca:

Apply for Work Study jobs in CLN in Fall and Spring! You might also find work via the SCSU.

Find networking opportunities, internship programs and entry-level jobs via websites like TalentEgg and Charity Village.

As an upper year student (14+ credits), attend UTSC’s Get Hired conference and participate in Jobs for Grads.

As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like Career Edge.

3. Build Your Network

Explore professional associations and get involved! Volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!

Other websites for finding networking opportunities and experience include:

Please note: This information is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the Department of Psychology website.