An individual's education level and career interests usually govern career opportunities in psychology. Careers in psychology are as diverse as the field itself, extending beyond the classroom, laboratory, clinic, and business and industry settings.
Students who obtain a B.A./ B.S. in psychology may discover many intellectually stimulating and financially rewarding careers in either psychology related or non-related positions. Psychology majors are in demand because of their academic preparation and acquired interpersonal and quantitative skills. Most career opportunities available for psychology majors are typically entry-level positions. Some of these opportunities include:
- Advertising and Market Research
- Child/Gerontology Care
- College/University Administration
- Health Care
- Human Resources
- Human Services
- Probation and Parole Counseling
- Public/Community Relations
- Research or Laboratory Assistant
- Retirement/Youth Home Management
- Teaching/Training Program Development
Note: Career opportunities for psychology majors are frequently posted in the Psychology Waiting Room on the 4th floor of Bluemont Hall.
Students who obtain masters or doctoral degree in psychology encounter more career opportunities than bachelor degree recipients. For example, doctoral degrees may obtain permanent teaching positions in most four-year academic institutions, or become the principle investigator on research grants, or provide psychological services without supervision. Professional psychologists are employed in a vast number of positions including government, industrial, and private settings. These positions typically deal with the application, research, and teaching of psychology. Specific examples of advanced degree placements can be found in each major area of study under Graduate Program.
Many students with interests in the applied areas are seeking and finding internships. Internships are an important part of a program for preparing students with teaching, research, and/or applied interests and may aid students in choosing careers. Internships have been arranged at the following locations:
- Army Research Institute (ARI)in Ft. Leavenworth, KS
- Bell Atlantic in Washington, D.C.
- Bell South in Atlanta, Georgia
- Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri
- IBM facilities in Charlotte, North Carolina, Armonk, New York, and White Plains, New York
- Marion Laboratories (now Aventis Pharmaceuticals) in Kansas City, Missouri
- McDonnell-Douglas (now part of Boeing) in St. Louis, Missouri
- NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia
- NASA Ames Research Center in San Jose, California
- Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in Hampton, Virginia
- USAF Armstrong Laboratory (now part of AFRL), Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio
- UNISYS in Plymouth, Michigan