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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
Howell Township School Elementary Teacher
Hyatt Hotels Employment Manager
Our House, Inc. Employment Specialist
Somerville Board of Education Instructional Aide
UMDNJ Mental Health Specialist
Arthur Andersen Operations Consultant
The Arc Overnight Counselor
Liz Claiborne Personnel Assistant
Enterprise Rent A Car Personnel Manager
Merrill LynchPassaic County Probation Department Plan Administrator
Passaic County Probation Department Probation Officer
Association for Retarded Citizens Program Supervisor
Jacobsen & Co. Project Manager
KPMG LLP Recruiter
Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Research Aide
Electronic Data Systems Research Analyst
Project Hope, Inc. Resident Counselor
Appropriate Living Autism Respite Worker
MSN Sales - Corporate & Retail
Alzheimer's Association Special Events Coordinator
Colgate Palmolive Supervisor-Office Services
Woodbridge School Teacher of Handicapped
Lehigh University Therapeutic Activity Teacher
Merrill Lynch Trust Administrator
NJ Dept of Labor Vocational Rehab. Counselor
New Horizon Treatment Youth Coordinator
Somerset Child Home Youth Counselor
Cumberland Guidance Center Youth Worker


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Psychology
Organization Job Title
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
Middlesex County Probation Probation Officer
UMDNJ (MPH) Research Coordinator
JP Morgan Securities (MBA) Securities Salesperson
Abbott Laboratories Senior Neuroscience Specialist
Capital Health System Trauma Social Worker

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
Hahnemann University MA Clinical Psychology
Howard University JD Law
Hunter College M.Ed. Counseling/Guidance
Kean University MA Industrial Psychology
Loyola College MA Clinical Psychology
Michigan State University MA Psychology
MIT PhD Behavioral Neuroscience
Montclair State University MA Human Services
New York University PhD Cognitive Psychology
New York University MA Public Health
NY College of Podiatric Medicine MD Podiatry
Ohio State University PhD Educational Admin.
Philadelphia Divinity School MA Theology
Philadelphia University MA Occupational Therapy
Rowan University MA School Psychology
Rutgers University M.Ed. Early Childhood Educ.
Rutgers University MA Special Education
Rutgers University MBA Finance
Rutgers University MSW Social Work
Rutgers University PhD Reading Education
Rutgers University PhD Psychology
St. Joseph's University MA Health Services Admin.
Syracuse University MA Child Psychology
Temple University JD Law
The College of New Jersey MA Speech Pathology
Tufts University DDS Dental Medicine
University of Maryland MA Psychology
University of Maryland PhD Statistics
University of Pennsylvania MA Psychology
University of Pennsylvania PhD Political Science

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