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What Can I Do With This Major 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 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
University of London MA Social Science

Boston College MA Psychology

Boston University JD Law

Capella University PhD Psychology

Carnegie Mellon MA Human Computer Interaction

Columbia University MSW Social Work

CUNY PhD Psychology

Drexel University MD Medicine

Fairleigh Dickinson Univ MA Human Resources

Fairleigh Dickinson Univ MBA Management

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