Life Science

Department of Psychology

TJ Kang is not only an inventor and tech executive, he's also a Psychology grad.

TJ Kang (B.Sc., 1982) began discussing his ideas about computers with friends while he was studying psychology as an undergraduate. Those conversations led to the invention of the first Korean word processing software and eventually the founding of ThinkFree. Kang, the head of the Media Solutions Centre for Samsung electronics in Korea, credits his career path to the time he spent at the University of Toronto. See more about TJ here.

What do employers value about Department of Psychology graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 93% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $44,639/year upon entering the workforce. 60% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Psychology alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication skills in these industries: 

  • Education 
  • Healthcare Services 
  • Community and Social Services 
  • Research 
  • Media and Communication 
  • Consulting 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Human Resources 
  • Sales 
  • Operations 
     

graduate or professional school

A Psychology degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Clinical Science 
  • Counselling Psychology 
  • Clinical Psychology 
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Economics 
  • Education 
  • Experimental Psychology 
  • Law 
  • School Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Public Policy
  • Psychometrics
  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Criminology 
  • Human Resources
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medicine
  • Marketing
  • Human Factors
  • Consumer Behaviour
     

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization. Prior groups have explored the work environments at YMCA social services and SickKids hospital.

During second year, participate in Explore It to meet with alumni from your program of study and see first-hand how their skills and knowledge translate into careers. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
 
Attend a Career Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Participate in the Alumni Mentorshop Program available for 3rd and 4th year students. 
 

Options in your Department

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your industry.  

Attend socials, graduate school seminars and other events addressing career development organized by the Psychology Students Association.

Explore the Careers in Psychology section of the Psychology website.

Enroll in the 299 Research Opportunity Program, or volunteer in a lab to gain hands on research experience.

Learn about research and lab positions on the Psychology website and join the undergraduate listserv to hear of opportunities to get involved and work with faculty members and others.

In your second year, develop superior writing skills through the WIT program.

In your third and fourth year, take advantage of the STEP Forward mentorship program.