Psychology Career Outlook
A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.
Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a psychology major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
As a psychology major, students may develop or advance skills including analytical, research, interpersonal effectiveness, perspective taking, data gathering, conflict resolution, critical thinking, technology and information fluency, scientific communication.
Graduates with a degree in psychology can work as Caseworkers/Managers, Human Resources Specialists, Probation/Parole Officers, Public Relations Specialists, Social and Community Service Managers, Behavior Analysts, Program Administrators, Advocates, Management Trainees, College Admissions Officers, Customer Service Representatives, Sales.
Graduates with a degree in psychology can work within the following areas: human service, direct care, crisis intervention, advocacy, programming, development/fundraising, grant writing, market research, labor relations, human resources, training and development, customer service, advertising, property management, real estate.
Graduates with a degree in psychology can work for federal, state, and local government, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, religious organizations, nursing care/senior services, market research firms, consulting firms, staffing agencies, corporations, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, educational institutions, wholesalers, retail stores.
Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with individuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
- Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness
- Department of Children and Family Services Internship
- Donor's Forum (Chicago Area Non Profits)
- Elim Christian Services
- Illinois Department of Human Services
- Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
- Metropolitan Family Services
- Pillars Community Health
- Social Service Department Internships, Circuit Court of Cook County
- South Suburban Family Shelter
- Youth Guidance
- Youth Outreach Services
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- American Board of Forensic Psychologists
- American Counseling Association
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Applied Sports Psychology
- Association for Psychological Science
- National Association of School Psychologists
- National Board for Certified Counselors
- Society for Community Research and Action
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Society of Clinical Psychology
- Society of Counseling Psychology
- The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- American Red Cross Club at SXU
- Pals for Change at SXU
- Pals for Change at SXU
- Psi Chi at SXU
- Psychology Club at SXU
- Service Club at SXU
- Students for Justice in Palestine at SXU