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Academic Information:

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior, mental processes, and how they are affected and/or affect an individuals or group's physical state, mental state, and external environment. It's goal is to describe, understand, predict, and modify behavior.

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience - from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental health care services, "the understanding of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists.

Career Information

Possible/Typical Job Titles

Human Services

  • Caseworker
  • Day care center director*
  • Employment counselor*
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Youth counselor
  • Psychiatric social worker*
  • Psychotherapist*
  • Volunteer services director
  • Criminologist
  • Child development specialist*
  • Neuropsychologist*
  • Rehabilitation worker
  • Health-service administrator
  • Clinical psychologist*


  • Industrial relations coordinator
  • Organizational psychologist*
  • Stockbroker
  • Job analyst
  • Marketing manager
  • Training specialist
  • Employment recruiter
  • Advertising account manager
  • Market research analyst
  • Systems analyst
  • Consumer psychologist*
  • Labor relations coordinator
  • Human resource manager
  • Biomedical laboratory technician*
  • Art director
  • Salesperson
  • Compensation analyst
  • Business administrator*
  • Computer programmer
  • Executive search consultant


  • Teacher (K-12)
  • Professor*
  • Experimental psychology researcher*
  • Clinical psychology researcher*
  • Curriculum designer
  • College student affairs administrator*
  • Consumer researcher
  • Statistical report writer
  • Technical writer
  • Media director
  • Public opinion survey worker
  • Elementary/high school administrator*
  • Journalist
  • Vocational (adult) teacher
  • Attorney*

Public Administrator

  • Affirmative action officer
  • Community organizer/planning specialist
  • Relocation worker
  • Policy analyst
  • Field health officer*
  • Health policy planner*
  • Environmental psychologist*

*Denotes additional education required.

Typical Places of Employment

  • Adoption and child care agencies
  • Civil Rights Commission
  • Advertising departments and agencies
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Health and Human Services
  • Business corporations
  • Churches and religious organizations
  • Public opinion research companies
  • Colleges and schools
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Recreation departments
  • Labor Department
  • Hospitals
  • Scouts
  • Mental health associations
  • Boys and Girls clubs
  • Veteran's Administration
  • Court Systems
  • Social service agencies
  • Correctional institutions
  • Personnel Departments

Required Skills and Typical Work Activities

  • Teaching, explaining
  • Enlightening, guiding
  • Helping
  • Interpersonal Communication (oral and written)
  • Critical and Inferential Thinking
  • Good Listener
  • Insight to Deal Effectively with People
  • Able to Promote Healthy Relationships
  • Ability to Resolve or Mediate Conflicts
  • Understanding of Group Dynamics
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Electing and training
  • Solving problems, leading discussions
  • Informing, organizing
  • Interpersonal Communication (oral and written)
  • Engage in Ethical Practice
  • Knowledge of Human Development & Behavior
  • Problem Solving
  • Able to Observe, Analyze, & Interpret Information
  • Decision Making
  • Concern for and Sensitivity to Others

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)





Amir Bahmani 2000 Senior Systems Engineer Smart Thinking, Inc.
Meredith Miller 2003 Family Services Caseworker Wicomico County Social Services
Matt Stevens 2007 Assistant Director of Children's Services Dove Pointe
Robert Mayne 1994 Addictions Counselor Wicomico County Health Department

Related Links

Professional Associations:

American Counseling Association

American Psychological Association

American Psychological Society

Association for Psychological Science

APA of Graduate Students

National Association of Social Workers

General Career Sites for Psychology Majors

Childlife Specilaist

Clinical Psychology

Community Psychology

Counseling Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Environmental Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Industrial Psychology (including Human Resources)

Marriage and Family Therapy

Industrial and Organizational Psychology


Psychology and the Law (Including forensics)

Recreational Therapy

Social Psychology

School Psychology (including educational psychology)

Specialties/Niches within the field of Psychology


NBCC-National Board of Certified Counselors Information:

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