Career opportunities for bachelor's-level Psychology graduates can be found in the numerous areas that require the knowledge of human behavior emphasized in Psychology coursework. Common placements are in local, state, and federal government, human services, applied behavior, human resources, and related fields.
The following are some of the positions available for undergraduate Psychology graduates:
- Community Relations Officer
- Affirmative Action Officer
- Recreation Worker
- Probation and Parole Officer
- Corrections Officer
- Sales Representative
- Daycare Center Supervisor
- Research Assistant
- Social Work Assistant
- Case Management Aide
- Child Abuse Worker
- Community Outreach Worker
- Therapeutic Support Staff
- Employment Assistant Specialist
Graduate study in Psychology is encouraged, and the Psychology program provides the background for graduate education at both the master's and the doctoral levels. Students with this goal are encouraged to speak with their faculty adviser as soon as possible to receive guidance toward a course of study.
All Psychology majors are required to obtain three credits of an applied experience by completing an internship (PSYC 395) or by assisting faculty with their research (PSYC 494).
Membership in clubs and organizations can be a rewarding educational and social experience. Two groups of particular interest to Psychology majors are the Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. The Psychology Club is open to all interested students, whereas Psi Chi has established membership requirements. Students may also choose to become affiliates of the Eastern and/or the American Psychological Association. Additional information regarding these opportunities is available in the Psychology Program Handbook.
According to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most bachelor's-level Psychology graduates will move toward positions in human service, where an increase of 18 percent in job growth is expected in some areas. Other employment fields for Psychology graduates, including entry-level management, human resources, and sales, anticipate growth between 14 and 16 percent.