Career Opportunities for Majors in Psychology


Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior. It seeks to understand and explain normal and abnormal behavior, mental ability, perception, development, and individual differences. Because it considers the mental, attitudinal, motivational, and behavioral characteristics of individuals, psychology has many subdivisions and areas of specialization and is a more complex field than many realize. Among the major sub-branches within psychology are behavioral neuroscience, cognitive, clinical, educational, forensic, school, social, developmental, and organizational psychology, as well as psychometrics and statistics.

While many psychology graduates work in a related occupation and obtain an advanced degree, others choose another direction. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Guidance Counselor Psychologist
Advertising Manager Hospital Administrator Psychometrician
Business Manager Human Resource Administrator Public Relations Manager
Career Counselor Labor Relations Specialist Rehabilitation Counselor
Child Welfare Worker Market Research Analyst Sales Representative
Clinical Researcher Marriage Counselor Social Worker
Community Service Agency Director Mental Health Worker Speech Pathologist
Crisis Counselor Nursing Home Administrator Substance Abuse Counselor
Customer Service Director Personnel Manager
Gerontologist Probation/Parole Officer

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Adoption and Child Care Agencies Management consulting firms Religious organizations
Banks Market research firms Resorts / Hotels
Correctional institutions Mental health institutions Retail Stores
Educational Institutions Newspapers/Magazines Social Service Agencies
Financial Institutions Personnel agencies Substance Abuse Clinics
Hospitals Publishing companies Television/Radio Stations
Labor Unions Real Estate Development Firms
Government Agencies
Bureau of Prisons Division of Youth & Family Services NJ Department of Human Services
Civil Rights Commission Federal Communications Commission NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Consumer Affairs Office Middlesex County Department of Human Services NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
County Probation Office Middlesex County Division of Addiction Services National Council on Disability
Department of Education NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities National Science Foundation
Department of Health and Human Services NJ Department of Children and Families Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Department of Labor NJ Department of Community Affairs Veteran's Administration

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Psychology

Organization Job Title
L'Oreal USA Assistant Manager
IEEE Benefits Administrator
New York Home Care Caseworker
Catholic Charities Child Care Worker
Hanover Insurance Company Claims Representative
Chapel Mortgage Corp. Closing Assistant
Dow Jones & Co. Commodities Floor Clerk
Princeton University Coordinator of Speakers Bureau
TIME, Inc. Deputy Copy Chief
John Wiley and Sons Editorial Assistant
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Psychology

Teterboro Control Tower Air Traffic Control Specialist
Lafayette College (PhD) Associate Professor of Psychology
Zalkin, Rodin & Goodman (JD) Attorney
Lawrence Public Schools (MA Behavior Analysis) Autism Specialist
Associated Psychological Services (PhD Clin. Psych.) Clinical Psychologist
Catholic University (MA Student Personnel) Director of Career Services
Community Services, Planned Parenthood Director
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MS Occup. Ther.) Occupational Therapist
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (PhD) Pediatric Psychologist
Self-employed (PhD) Poetry Therapist
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Other Public Safety
University of London MA Social Science
American University of the Caribbean Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Bergen Community College
Bethany College Psychology Social Work
Boston College MA Psychology
Boston University JD Law
Boston University Dentistry
California University of Pennsylvania School Psychology School Psychology
Capella University PhD Psychology
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