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Professional Career Escalators Degree Examples

Undergraduate Degree Example: Psychology

Health care

In the world of health care, a professional with a psychology background could engage in the delivery behavioral health care, behavioral health intervention development and health care policy development, just to name a few options. The PME program could help a psychology undergraduate student pursue these career paths:

  • Licensed psychologist or licensed counselor
  • Licensed clinical social worker
  • Behavioral health care administration or behavioral health or child and family services nonprofit management
  • M.D. (psychiatry, pediatrician, neurologist)
Academic goals:

Pursuing a graduate degree and licensure in psychology, public health, social work or medical school

Education

Psychology professionals working in education can specialize their professional experience and expertise in a variety of areas, including school counseling or educational research. The PME program could help a psychology undergraduate student pursue these career paths:

  • K-12 school counseling
  • Working with children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as intellectually gifted children
  • College counseling and higher education student affairs
Academic goals:

Pursuing a graduate degree in school psychology, special education or higher education research and administration

Business/Engineering

Psychology is an integral part of the business world. Psychology students interested in working in the business sector have many options, from marketing and consumer behavior to human resources and organizational functioning. The PME program could help a psychology undergraduate student pursue these career paths:

  • Leadership training or consulting
  • Industrial organizational psychology
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
Academic goals:

Pursuing an MBA or other graduate degree in organizational behavior or industrial/organizational psychology

Law and Justice

The field of law and justice provides a number of direct career applications for a background in psychology. The PME program could help a psychology undergraduate student pursue these career paths:

  • Forensic psychology
  • Community-based advocacy
  • Attorney

Academic goals:

Pursuing a graduate behavioral science program, graduate degree in criminology or criminal justice, or attending law school

Undergraduate Degree Example: Conservatory

Health Care

Dance majors in the Conservatory might consider a career that combines personal health and physicality, such as movement therapist.

Education

Students with a background in theater might apply their skills in a school setting as a K-12 theater instructor.

Business/Engineering

Students studying music with a professional interest in engineering might pursue a career in audio engineering.

Law and Justice

Students with a background in performing arts may be passionate in helping artists or art organizations reach communities as a social advocate for the arts.