Psychology is the scientific study of how humans and animals adapt their behavior to the physical and social environments in which they live. Professionals within the discipline are active in a wide variety of interesting and useful roles. Some are engaged in human service occupations and work in hospitals, clinics, or private practice. Psychologists also teach and conduct basic research in colleges and universities. Others are concerned with areas such as testing, motivation, and performance, and work in various educational or industrial settings. Many Psychology graduates end up using their skills and knowledge in other areas. For example, over 40% of psychology bachelor’s grads end up in management, sales, personnel, and administration positions. You will find psych majors in banks, insurance, and retail of all kinds. After earning an MBA, you are well-qualified for upper management. Psychology training is also useful in law enforcement, healthcare, the legal system, working with animals, and many other areas.
Undergraduates in psychology have many opportunities to become involved in research under the mentorship of faculty members. Some students are able to publish their work in journals or present their research at national conferences. Students may also participate in practicums in applied areas focusing on problems in the community.