Careers in Psychology

Psychologists explore human behavior and mental processes. They assist individuals and/or groups in making behavior changes. Their studies are used in advertising, political science, health sciences and other related areas. The careers described below are just a few of the wide variety of occupations available within the human service professions. The actual educational requirements vary with each employer, although a Ph.D. or Psy.D. is generally required for employment as a psychologist.

In selecting a career, it is important to consider your own values, interests, skills, personality traits, and lifestyle. If you want help defining your interests and values or assessing your skills, and identifying what occupations might match these interests/values/skills, contact the Career Services Office in the Student Union Memorial Center, 4th floor, Suite 411. If you are interested in learning more about careers in psychology and other related areas, arrange for an appointment with an academic advisor, in the Department of Psychology, at 621-7439

The list of career fields that appears below has been compiled based on information contained in several resources, including Psychology: Careers for the 21st Century, a 1998 joint project of the Education Directorate and the Office of Public Communications for the American Psychological Association, the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, and the 1986/1987 Occupational Outlook Handbook.