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Psychology

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Overview of major
Potential job titles
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Psychology majors
Where they got hired: Psychology, Class of 2013  

Overview of major

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students are exposed to many specialty areas of psychology, while obtaining a solid, broad-based appreciation of the discipline as a whole. Graduates may venture into human services, business, law, medicine, or careers in mental health (counseling, social work), which almost always require advanced education and training, at least through the master’s level.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Applied Behavior Analysis Instructor
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Child Development Worker
  • Employee Training Instructor
  • Health Psychologist
  • High School Guidance Counselor
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Industrial Relations Specialist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Residence Counselor
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Vocational Rehab Counselor

Examples of internships

  • Arc of Monmouth
  • Baltimore County Dept of Social Services
  • Bloomberg, LP
  • Correctional Mental Health Center
  • Family Violence
  • East Baltimore Mental Health Partnership
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Loyola University, Office of Campus Ministry
  • Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital
  • Sheppard Pratt Health System
  • St. Mary’s School
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Villa Maria

Possible career fields

Human Services

  • Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Mental health services
  • Administration
  • Case management
  • Programming
  • Community relations

Research

Human Resources

  • Employment & recruitment
  • Labor relations
  • Compensation & benefits

Public Relations

  • Research
  • Programming
  • Writing & editing
  • Event planning
  • Media placement
  • Public speaking
  • Fundraising

Advertising

  • Creative
  • Media
  • Account services
  • Research

Market research

Sales & retailing

  • Management

Teaching
 

Possible work settings

  • Local, state & federal government
  • United way agencies
  • Clinics
  • Private practice
  • Non-profits
  • Hospitals
  • Schools & colleges
  • Employment agencies
  • PR & advertising firms
  • Market research
  • Firms
  • Department, specialty, discount stores
  • Retailers
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate companies

Important skills and abilities

  • Communication
  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Quantitative & statistical
  • Computer
  • Active listening
  • Negotiation
  • Counseling
  • Teaching
  • Persuasion
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Customer service
  • Leadership
  • Team work
  • Research

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Great Jobs for Psych Majors (PSY/SOC Category)
  • What to do with your Psychology or Sociology Degree (PSY/SOC Category)
  • Quick Guide to College Majors and Careers (CP Section)
  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors (CP Section)
  • Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (Grad Section)
  • Graduate Study in Psychology (Grad Section)
  • Cracking the GRE Psychology Test (Grad Section)
  • Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Psychology majors

  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Masters or PhD, Clinical, Counseling, Cognitive, Developmental, Educational, Experimental, Social, School, Forensic, or Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Social Work
  • Higher Education Student Affairs
  • Nursing School
  • Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy
  • MBA, Human Resource Management

Where they got hired: Psychology, Class of 2013

The Career Center at Loyola University Maryland conducts an annual follow-up survey with new Loyola graduates between six and nine months after Commencement to paint a comprehensive picture of the professional paths each class has chosen. Nearly 85 percent of the class of 2013 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2013 psychology majors were hired or went on to graduate school:

Companies

Best Buy Geek Squad - advanced repair agent
Brooklyn Autism Center - ABA instructor
Covenant House - resident advisor
Embassy of France - assistant language teacher
Erin Swift - assistant
Felix - account manager
Four Winds Hospital - mental health worker
Fulver Hill Hospital - admissions and registration specialist
Hampton Behavioral Health Center - mental health associate
Institute of Professional Practice - ABA Therapist
Johns Hopkins University, Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit - intern/research assistant
Kennedy Krieger Institute - behavior data specialist, intern, program aide, therapeutic assistant, therapeutic behavior aide
Lyme Disease Research Foundation - research assistant
Ministry of Education of Madrid - language and culture assistant
New Ground - office assistant
New York State, Judicial Institute - volunteer
Screening for Mental Health, Inc. - program assistant
St. Gabriel's College - assistant teacher, teacher
Teach for America - high school geometry teacher
U.S. Department of Defense, Equal Opportunity Services - office automation cleark
Varonis - sales associate
VOCUS - sales associate

Graduate/Professional Schools

Argosy University - Psy.D.
Brandeis University - M.S., Neuroscience
Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The - M.A., Forensic Psychology
City University of New York - Ph.D., Neuropsychology
Lehigh University - School Psychology & Pediatric Health
Loyola University Maryland - M.S., Counseling Psychology
Montclair State University - Counseling/School Counseling
Rider University - M.A., Applied Behavior Analysis
Shippensburg University - Master in Counseling
St. Johns University - M.A., Experimental Psychology
University of Baltimore - J.D.; M.A., Industrial and Organizational Psychology
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom - Master of Science Program
University of Rochester - Mental Health Counseling
University of Vermont - Counseling

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