Undergraduate Major Details

Psychology

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Psychology major is in the College of Letters and Science.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:

Internships

The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Asian American Center on Disparities Research
Asociacion para la Prevencion, Reinsercion y Atencion de la Mujer Prostituida
Atria Senior Living Group
BIS Shrapnel
CA Department of Public Health
CalPIRG
Cambridge Elementary School
Capital Pharmacy Inc
Capital Village Dental
Capitol Periodontal Group
Carepoint
CEA C'E' Florentine Mercy Ambulance Service
Cesar Chavez Elementary School
Child Family Health International
Child Protective Services
City of Sacramento
CommuniCare Health Centers
Communities and Health Professionals Together
Crime Victims Assistance Network Foundation
Davis Joint Unified School District
Davis Senior High School
Eagle Drug Pharmacy
Encina Preparatory High School
Eyes on J Optometry
Food Bank of Yolo County
Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School
Fundacion Balia por la Infancia
Galleria Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery
Garamendi for Congress Campaign
Genentech
Harper Junior High School
Health Education Council
Hedge Trackers
Imani Clinic
Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
International House, Davis
Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Katz and Klein Inc.
Majerko Investment Management
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Sacramento & Northeastern California
Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School
McNally Temple Associates, Inc.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
MIND Research Institute
Morgan Stanley
NBC Bay Area
Noetic Group
North Davis Elementary School
Northern California Children's Therapy Center
Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Pacific Urgent Care
Patwin Elementary School
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Private Dentist Office
Private Optometrist Office
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Robert E. Willett Elementary School
Rosemont High School
Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry Inc.
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Sacramento LGBT Community Center
Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Center
Siskiyou County Office of Education
Solano Sports
Solano Sports Physical Therapy
St James Children's Library
Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary
Sutter Health
Sutter Health / Medical Center
Sutter Health / Medical Center, Sacramento / General Hospital
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
Sutter Memorial Hospital
UC Davis Asian American Center on Disparities Research
UC Davis Attitudes and Group Identity Lab
UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain
UC Davis Center for Public Policy Research
UC Davis Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) Study
UC Davis Clinica Tepati
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies
UC Davis Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
UC Davis Department of Psychology
UC Davis Department of Psychology Simonton Creativity Lab
UC Davis Developmental Research Center
UC Davis Developmental Studies Lab
UC Davis EARLI Study
UC Davis Human Development and Family Studies
UC Davis Human Memory Laboratory
UC Davis IDeA Lab (Imaging of Dementia and Aging)
UC Davis Imaging Research Center
UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC)
UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
UC Davis MARBLES Study
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Medical Center MARBLES Study
UC Davis Medical Center MIND Institute
UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis Picnic Day
UC Davis School of Education
UC Davis School Of Medicine
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
UC Davis Self and Social Identity Lab
UC Davis Services For International Students and Scholars
UC Davis Social and Emotional Development Lab
UC Davis Social Neuroscience and Affective Processes Lab
UC Davis Student Academic Success Center - TRV Center
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services
UC Davis Student Health Services
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UC Davis Writing Ambassadors K-12 - Davis Senior High School
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program
UCDMC Accelerated Access Unit
UCDMC Alzheimer's Center
UCDMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
UCDMC Cardio Thoracic Step Down
UCDMC Cardiology Davis Tower 6
UCDMC Cast Room
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Endoscopy
UCDMC Hand Therapy
UCDMC MICU
UCDMC MSICU
UCDMC Non-invasive Cardiology
UCDMC Occupational Therapy Acute Care
UCDMC Occupational Therapy Inpatient
UCDMC Occupational Therapy Outpatient
UCDMC Operating Room
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric General Clinic
UCDMC Pediatric Specialty Clinic
UCDMC Physical Therapy Inpatient
UCDMC Physical Therapy Outpatient
UCDMC Radiology ACC
UCDMC Radiology CAT SCAN
UCDMC Radiology Emergency Room and Davis Tower X-Ray
UCDMC SICU
UCDMC Speech Therapy
UCDMC Transplant Clinic
UCDMC Urgent Care
University of California, Davis
University of Sydney Brain and Mind Research Institute
US Department of Education - ODS ISU
US Department of State: Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Valley Maxillofacial Oral Surgery
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)
Wild Campus
Will C Wood Middle School
Winters Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
Woodland Chiropractic Clinic
Woodland Prairie Elementary School
YCOE Head Start / Early Head Start Program
Yolo Adult Day Health Center
Yolo County Health Department
Yolo County Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services
Yolo County WIC Program
Yolo Judicial Watch

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 727 198 27.2%
2013-14 709 137 19.3%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 31.9% 35.1% 21.6% 11.4%
2013-14 34.6% 34.6% 23.8% 6.9%
2014-15 40.0% 38.1% 15.2% 6.7%
2015-16 20.1% 17.8% 55.7% 6.4%
2016-17 12.2% 20.4% 63.3% 4.1%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.

Employment

Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
A Startup Software Engineer
Academy of Art University Administrative Assistant
Amc, llc Assistant Property Manager
AmeriCorps AmeriCorps member
Backroads Business Technology Analyst
Boersch Shapiro, LLP Legal Assistant
Capitol Autism Services Behavioral Tutor
CATZ Physical Therapy Institute Physical Therapy Aide
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) Behavioral Therapist
Central Valley Autism Project Behavioral Interventionist
CEP America Medical Scribe
CEP America Scribe
Child Trends Research Assistant
Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento Residential Counselor
Chungdahm Learning English Teacher
City of Davis Volunteer Coordinator
Community Psychiatry Administrative Assistant
Davis Diamonds Gymnastics Program Director
Davis Joint Unified School District Instructional Aide
Delphi Academy of Florida Elementary School Teacher
East Bay Asian Local Development Corp Mentor
Easter Seals Behavior Interventionalist
Ed Support Services Behavioral Therapist
Elite Educational Institute Administrative Assistant
Friends English School English Teacher
Fun Language International ESL Teaching
Galileo Innovation Camps for Kids Outreach Specialist
Genentech Project Coordinator
Half Price Books Bookseller
iAMSTEM Hub Analyst
Infant Learning Company Editor/Video Editor/Graphic Designer
Intelliswift Marketing Manager
Kaia Fit Davis Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor
Kulendu Vasavda Inc. Medical Assistant
La Maestra Community Health Centers Patient Care Coordinator
Lifesteps Program Coordinator
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District Substitute Teacher
Massachusetts General Hospital Research Assistant
Monterey County Office of Education Instructional Paraprofessional
Negrette Enterprise Advising Assistant
Nerium. Business Marketing
Nursing Home Concierge
Oracle Corp Account Associate
Oven Fresh Bakery, Inc Office Assistant
Pacific Auction Company Auction Staff
Pacific Autism Center for Education Instructional Aide
Salvation Army Day Camp Assistant Director
Savon Pharmacy Pharmacy Technician
Socratic Technologies Research Associate
Spectra Autism Center Therapeutic Instructor
Stanford University Research Assistant
Student Academic Success Center Tutor
Summer House Inc Paraprofessional
Tabata Oxford Personnel, LLC Human Resource Specialist
Tandem Properties, Inc. Office Manager
Target Corporation Executive Team Leader
Target Corporation Pharmacy Technician
Target Corporation Team Leader
Teach for America Teacher
The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute Project Assistant
The VNCOC Employment Specialist
Trinity Mother Frances Health System ECC Scribe
Tumi Associate Manager
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) Scribe
UC Davis Mind Institute Junior Specialist
United States Army Lieutenant
United States Navy Hospital Corpsman
University of California, Davis Event Coordinator
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Lab Manager/Researcher
University of California, Davis Program Assistant
University of California, Davis Research Assistant
University of California, Davis Reservation Coordinator
University of California, Davis Student Assistant
University of California, San Francisco Administrative Assistant
University of California. Los Angeles SRA 1
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Research Project Coordinator
University of Texas, Austin Lab Manager/Researcher
Valle Makoff LLP Administrative Assistant
Vivint Solar Office Assistant
Woodland Summer House Manager

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median Minimum Maximum 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
2012-13 $35,138 $28,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
2013-14 $29,962 $28,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
2014-15 $40,680 $43,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
2015-16 $39,764 $43,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
2016-17 $38,333 $35,500 $0 $0 $0 $0