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If you are intrigued by the inner workings of the psyche, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan Tech will allow you to mold that curiosity into a meaningful career.

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and cognitive processes. This broad discipline seeks to understand the human condition and explain behavior using scientific methods, with the fundamental goal of improving the well-being of individuals and our overall society.

Psychologists can apply their training to help preserve or rehabilitate people’s interpersonal relationships and mental health, and to help businesses safeguard assets such as time, finances, and human resources. From health practitioners who manage and treat psychological disorders, to business professionals who foster a healthy and productive workplace, to researchers who solve practical problems—psychology offers diverse applications and career pathways that attract many students to the discipline.

Careers in Psychology

Pondering a psychology career? You can blaze a path in just about any professional arena. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates a favorable job outlook for psychologists: through 2024 overall employment of psychologists is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations, especially for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists.

Taking Advanced Degree Avenues

Many of our students pursue graduate studies in psychology or related disciplines. The occupations of clinical and research psychology require a doctoral degree in most cases. A master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree is a prerequisite for psychologist roles in an educational setting, and a master’s degree is necessary for counseling and industrial-organizational psychologist positions.

Expanding Career Routes

The scope of opportunities for psychology graduates dovetails with businesses predicted to flourish in the future. Data crunching is the next big thing — and a psychology grad is equipped to go beyond the numbers to interpret meaning, track trends, and gather insights. Scientific research, another ever-increasing field, also abounds with specialized and cross-disciplinary situations for case study, content analysis, cross-sectional study, lab and field experiments, and surveys, among other methods. In a more traditional vein, the demand for counseling and therapy services is expected to continue rising along with awareness of mental health as a component of overall well-being.

Starting Down the Road Ahead

Your psychology degree paves the way for a myriad of careers in countless settings, including government, industry, law, sports science, engineering, communications, and computers/technology. New psychology graduates entering the job market may qualify for entry-level positions in business administration, mental health, and social/human services, including:

  • Behavior Analyst
  • Case Worker
  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • College Admissions Counselor or Recruiter
  • Community Recreation Worker
  • Corrections Officer
  • Drug/Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Employee or Employment Counselor
  • Residential Youth Counselor
  • Family Service Worker
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Hospital Patient Services Representative
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Occupational Analyst
  • Program Manager
  • Public Relations
  • Store Manager
  • Staff Trainer
  • Social Service Director

Explore Your Passions

The subfields embraced by psychology are numerous and include the following:

  • Cognitive psychology: the understanding of mental processes such as memory, problem solving, and decision making;
  • Forensic psychology: the intersection of psychology and law;
  • Human factors psychology: the study of the way humans relate to the world around them, with the goal of improving performance and safety;
  • Educational psychology: the study of how people learn and how the instructional process influences learning; and
  • Sports psychology: the study of athletic performance, motivation, and skill.

As an undergraduate student in our program, you will explore the wide world of psychology and develop your own professional identity and goals.