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Psychology Information

Opportunities for psychology graduates will continue to expand in variety and breadth, with hundreds of career pathways emerging in new and unconventional fields. Six promising new or developing career areas include:

Health Psychology and Medicine Teaching and School Psychology
Preventing illness Teaching psychology
Promoting wellness and healthy behaviors Counseling and treating troubled students
Reducing or controlling chronic disease Conducting behavioral interventions
Managing pain Gerontology and the Psychology of Aging
Treating phobias and anxiety Counseling elderly people
Forensic Psychology Treating mental disorders associated with aging
Counseling offenders Providing social and rehabilitative services
Assisting crime victims Improving older adults' memory and physical functioning
Advising criminal justice officials Community Psychology and Crisis Services
Industrial and Organizational Psychology Treating domestic violence
Implementing employee assistance programs Preventing suicide
Managing stress Providing youth emergency services
Improving work conditions and employee productivity Assisting developmentally disabled persons
Changing consumer behaviors Helping persons with chronic mental illnesses

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Fun Facts About Psychology

Psychology represents a HOT career choice.

  • It ranks as the second most popular undergraduate major.
  • It constitutes the third fastest growing field in America (among those requiring a college degree) through the year 2005 and dozen years after that.

Employers find psychology a valuable degree for employees to have because it enhances their work skills in such major areas as:

  • Writing and speaking.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Observing behavior.
  • Conducting analyses and interviews.
  • Doing research.

It also boosts:

  • Interpersonal skills – understanding others’ behavior and dealing effectively with individuals in groups.
  • Critical thinking – analyzing behavior and applying knowledge to solve organizational problems.

Community college students can benefit from psychology courses, especially as they prepare for an undergraduate degree. The breadth of the psychology major allows students to find rewarding work in a variety of areas.

  • Promoting physical and mental health
  • Contributing to business and industry
  • Helping students learn
  • Serving people in the community

A new idea is developing – in addition to helping students prepare for specialized fields, psychology equips them to pursue dozens of career pathways, many leading directly to useful jobs in the community.

In particular, psychology offers many interesting unconventional and emerging opportunities for those planning a nonacademic career.

Eighty Occupations for Which Psychology Majors Are Strong Candidates

admissions counselors guidance counselors/aides  psychiatric aides
advertising workers health educators psychology teachers (public schools)
art therapists/aides health service managers psychometrists/testing aides
biofeedback technicians human factors specialists recreation workers
business representatives human resources generalists rehabilitation aides
career counselors/planners human services workers rehabilitation clerks
case management aides industrial trainers residence counselors
case workers job referral clerks research assistants
child welfare workers laboratory assistants retail managers
community mental health advocates management aides school social workers/aides
community relations officers management trainees science writers
community organization workers marketing specialists senior service workers
correctional counselors medical social work aides skills trainers
correctional treatment specialists mental health counselor aides substance abuse counselors
consultants mental health outreach workers suicide prevention workers
day care supervisors/aides metal retardation job coaches supported employment coordinators
employee relations specialists music therapists/aides survey workers
employment interviewers nurses and aides teacher aides
equal employment counselors nursing home activity directors teachers
forensic specialists occupational therapists/aides training and development specialists
geriatric aides personnel assistants urban planning officers
gerontology aides personnel managers/aides vocational evaluators
general managers personnel recruiters vocational guidance counselors
grief counselors placement counselors vocational rehabilitation counselors
group home counselors pre-parole counseling aides volunteer coordinators
group work program aides probation officers wellness consultants