Published: 18 February 2020

Top jobs with a psychology degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in psychology and discover some of the jobs Surrey psychology graduates have secured over the past few years.


Undertaking a psychology degree at Surrey opens doors to an extensive range of careers. A psychology degree demonstrates strong analytical and communication skills, which makes psychology graduates highly sought after by employers. Whichever area of psychology you are interested in, the University of Surrey offers a wide range of fascinating modules to help you pursue your passion for psychology and explore what makes us who we are, how our minds work, and what influences our behaviour.

Our Psychology course is ranked 10th by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

"I would say that I started my placement as an undergraduate student and ended it as a psychologist. It has helped me grow as a person and as a professional."

Suzanne van Even, BSc Psychology

Careers with a psychology degree

Jobs directly related to an economics degree include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Health psychologist
  • High intensity therapist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner
  • Teacher.


However, a degree in psychology will also enable you to gain skills that would be highly relevant in other, more unexpected roles. These includes:

  • Advice worker
  • Border Force officer
  • Chaplain
  • Detective
  • Human resources officer
  • Life coach
  • Market researcher
  • Mediator
  • Neuroscientist
  • Play therapist
  • Policy officer
  • Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO).

Psychology graduate jobs

In recent years, our psychology graduates have secured roles including:

  • Primary Wellbeing Practitioner, Broadmoor Hospital
  • Trial Coordinator, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Clinical Trust
  • Assistant Psychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Rehabilitation Assistant, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
  • Account Manager, Genesis Medical
  • Recruitment Researcher, Walker Hamill
  • Marketing Analyst, Masterclassing
  • Junior Market Research Project Manager, Kantar Health
  • Graduate Leadership Scheme, Waitrose
  • Assistant Crime Analyst, National Crime Agency.


Many students have gone on to study for masters degrees in a range of subjects, such as clinical, counselling, health, forensic, environmental, social, research methods or occupational psychology, while others have chosen to study for PhDs in health psychology, clinical psychology, or psychotherapeutic and counselling psychology.

"When I look back at my placement, I can honestly say that I made a difference to vulnerable people when they needed it. I was a voice on the other end of a phone call which I’m certain most people never thought that they would make."

Jonny Beavis, BSc Psychology

"I would advise a placement, as through the highs and lows of the year, you get a full and enjoyable appreciation of what a career in your field of study is like. It really helps to build your skills and employability for the future too."

– Matt Finch, BSc Psychology

Discover more about our psychology degrees, our pioneering Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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