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Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind, behavior, and cognitive processes. Psychologists study how mental processes and behavior are affected by oneís physical or mental state and external environment. Their goal is to describe, understand, predict, and modify behavior. The discipline of psychology embraces all aspects of the human experienceófrom 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 human behavior is the focus of psychologists.

A bachelorís degree is the minimum formal education required to work in the field of psychology. Many occupations and employers also require graduate school. For example, they may require a masterís degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree). Students wishing to pursue graduate education should focus on maintaining a high grade point average, securing strong faculty recommendations, and gaining research or applied experience through internships, volunteer, and work opportunities.


Career Opportunities

The following is a list of possible career titles for psychology majors. For more options, resources, and greater detail in career choices, stop by the Career Services office.

  • Advertising Manager
  • Career Planning Professional
  • Case Manager for Social Services
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Cognitive Psychologist
  • Community or Social Service Worker
  • Community Relations Advocate
  • Correctional Caseworker
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Criminologist
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Educator
  • Employment Counselor
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Hospice Coordinator
  • Human Relations Specialist
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
  • Job Analyst
  • Management Trainee
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Outplacement Specialist
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychometrist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Safety Engineer
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Worker (child, family, school)
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Youth Counselor

Related Skills

Employment Requirements:

A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required. However, many occupations and employers also require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree). Students wishing to pursue graduate education should focus on maintaining a high grade point average, securing strong faculty recommendations, and gaining research or applied experience through internships, volunteer, and work opportunities. Psychology graduate programs, particularly clinical psychology, are generally very competitive.


Hiring Institutions


Psychology graduates can be found in nearly every industry, occupation, and organization! However, if you wish to pursue a psychology-related occupation, here is a brief list of typical employers of psychology graduates:

  • Adoption and Child Care Agencies
  • Business Corporations
  • Children, Youth, & Family Services
  • Churches & Religious Organizations
  • Civil Rights Commission
  • Community Organizations
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Court Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Justice
  • Educational Periodicals
  • Federal Communication Commission
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Foreign Service
  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • National Institute of Education
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Office of Consumer Affairs
  • Peace Corps
  • Recreation Departments
  • Senior Citizensí Centers
  • Veteransí Administration
  • Universities and Educational Institutions

Career Paths of Recent Graduates

Related Websites

The University of Oklahoma Department of Psychology

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Careers in Psychology
American Psychological Association
American Counseling Association
American Psychological Association
Psychology Today
Psychology Career Center
Encyclopedia of Psychology
Non-Academic Careers in Psychology