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Career Paths

From Study to Skills

All academic programs offered at UM help students develop valuable transferable skills. Psychology is the application of scientific methods to study how humans act, think, or feel. As a Psychology student, you will gain an appreciation of human diversity, of the complexity of human and animal behavior, and of the value of the empirical approach to understanding complex problems. You will therefore develop skills in critical analysis, accurate problem definition, and interpretation of data. As psychology draws from the biological and social sciences, you may want to combine your study in psychology with course work in related fields.

Related Fields: Anthropology, Sociology, Statistics, Biology, Urban Planning, Women's Studies, Program in the Environment, Education, and Social Work.

Skills and Abilities

 

Research Skills Analytical Skills Interpersonal Skills Communication Skills

Framing a research question

Developing theories/ideas

Gathering information

Observing people/data/things

Clarifying goals/problems

Summarizing results

Synthesizing conclusions

 

 

Defining problem areas

Creating a system to analyze data

Organizing and analyzing data

Offering new perspectives

Developing new solutions for recurring problem

Evaluating theory and evidence

Comparing/ contrasting ideas and information

Analyzing/ modifying behavior

Counseling

Motivating

Perceiving and understanding individual differences

Fostering group dynamics

Exhibiting empathy towards others

Identifying and understanding needs

 

Influencing and persuading groups/people

Informing/ explaining results

Mediating/ negotiating conflicts

Writing clearly

Presenting complex ideas and information effectively

 

 

 

Building Your Skills Outside the Classroom

Employers seek out individuals who can demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, initiative, and a strong work ethic. The Psychology Department provides numerous ways for undergraduates to develop these skills, such as through extensive research opportunities. Student organizations and campus employment offer additional ways to add to the skills you are developing in your classes. Other options include studying abroad, off-campus employment, or volunteering in the community, such as through service learning opportunities and the Ginsberg Center. Finally, a summer internship may be the best way of all to test out a career field and develop marketable skills.

From Skills to Career

Psychology majors develop both general and technical skills applicable to a wide range of careers. For example, interpersonal skills may be equally useful whether working as a clinical psychologist, a corporate recruiter, or a rehabilitation worker. Many concentrators go on to graduate or professional school. The list below is a sample of careers undertaken by Psychology graduates.

Some of the recurring job titles below, such as "research associate" and "technical writer," are general enough to apply to multiple work settings, and are specific to a certain field's work. The job titles below are just a few potential areas to consider, and some of the titles are ones which can generally originate from these lines of work.

Education: PreK-12

  • Research associate/scientist
  • Child development specialist
  • Curriculum designer
  • Community Planning Specialist
  • Day Care Center Administrator
  • Training Specialist
  • Youth Counselor
  • Community Organizer
  • K-12 Teacher

Higher Education: 13+

  • Research associate/scientist
  • Curriculum designer
  • Community Planning Specialist
  • Training Specialist
  • College Student Affairs Administrator
  • Affirmative Action Officer
  • Community Organizer
  • College Professor

Law Enforcement/Public Policy

  • Research associate/scientist
  • Market researcher
  • Criminologist
  • Statistical report writer
  • Community Planning Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Job Analyst
  • Health Policy Planner
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Training Specialist
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Community Organizer
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Labor Relations Coordinator
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Opinion Survey Worker
  • Employment Counselor
  • Legal Researcher
  • Legal Reporter
  • Activist
  • Government Relations Officer
  • Lobbyist
  • Corporate Public Affairs Specialist
  • Public Opinion Researcher
  • Political Communication Strategist
  • Public Information Officer
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Research Analyst
  • Campaign Director
  • Government Relations Officer
  • Press Secretary

Business/Finance/Marketing

  • Copy Writer
  • Account Executive
  • Media Planner
  • Media Buyer
  • Publicity Manager
  • Community Relations Director
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Consumer researcher
  • Consumer psychologist
  • Research associate/scientist
  • Market researcher
  • Advertising account manager
  • Statistical report writer
  • Human Factor Engineer/Ergonomist
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • Training Specialist
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Labor Relations Coordinator
  • Online Customer Service Representative
  • Fundraiser/Development Officer
  • Technical Writer
  • Employment Counselor

Media/Communications

  • Marketing/Marketing Researcher
  • Copywriter
  • Account Executive
  • Media Planner
  • Publicity Manager
  • Community Relations Director
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Social Marketing Marketer
  • Social Media Researcher
  • Digital Media
  • Producer
  • Content Strategist
  • Digital Media Designer
  • Online Community Manager
  • Online Analytics Researcher
  • Search Marketing Officer
  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • Blogger
  • Script Writer
  • News Service Researcher
  • Proposal Coordinator
  • Media Industry Executive
  • Producer
  • Business Manager
  • Talent Agent
  • Media Critic
  • Sports Media
  • Media Business
  • International Account Management
  • Diplomat
  • Advertising
  • Media industries
  • Diversity Consultant
  • Education
  • Community Organizer
  • Health Campaign Coordinator
  • Healthcare Advocate
  • Grants Writer
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Research Analyst
  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Communication Statistican
  • Lobbyist
  • Corporate Public Affairs Specialist
  • Public Opinion Researcher
  • Political Communication Strategist
  • Public Information Officer
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Research Analyst
  • Campaign Director
  • Government Relations Officer
  • Press Secretary
  • Legal Researcher
  • Legal Reporter
  • Policy Analyst
  • Community Organizer
  • Activist
  • Government Relations Officer
  • Technical Writer
  • Social Media Blogger
  • Media Director

Human Resources

  • Research associate/scientist
  • Occupational Health Psychologist
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • Training Specialist
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Labor Relations Coordinator
  • Relocation Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • Employment Counselor

Social Work

  • Research associate/scientist
  • Occupational Health Psychologist
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • Training Specialist
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Labor Relations Coordinator
  • Relocation Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • Employment Counselor

Health Careers

  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
  • Nurse
  • Research associate
  • Research scientist
  • Market researcher
  • Biomedical laboratory technician
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Statistical report writer
  • Field Health Officer
  • Health Policy Planner
  • Environmental Psychologist
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Occupational Health Psychologist
  • Human Factor Engineer/Ergonomist
  • Training Specialist
  • Youth Counselor
  • Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Opinion Survey Worker
  • Health Campaign Coordinator
  • Healthcare Advocate

Psychological Research

  • Experimental psychology researcher
  • Clinical Research associate
  • Psychology researcher
  • Research scientist
  • Child development specialist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Statistical report writer
  • Environmental Psychologist
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Occupational Health Psychologist
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • Training Specialist
  • Community Organizer
  • Technical Writer
  • Media Director
  • Public Opinion Survey Worker