Psychologists study the influence of biological, mental, social and environmental factors on human and animal behavior. As scientists, they examine these relationships by applying the Scientific Method, involving detailed observations, experimental design, and statistical analysis. In addition, psychologists apply this knowledge to help individuals as clinical therapists and mental health workers, and to help communities and organizations, for instance, in their managerial organization, labor relations, employee motivation, human resources, and marketing design of products. As experts of behavior, the opportunities for psychologists to aid in an individual’s well-being, or in an organization’s performance, are extensive. Psychology is also a common pre-law or pre-med major/minor.
Degree: BA/BS/Minor in Psychology
PDF Handout for Psychology
Potential career options in Psychology:
Use the career exploration resources to learn about the potential career options below.
(some occupations may require further education/licensure)
Community Relations Director
Human Resources Specialist
Mental Health Counselor
Public Relations Specialist
Training & Development Specialist
Youth Corrections Officer
Where are OSU Psychology alumni working?
(Data obtained from LinkedIn)
Mental Health Therapist, Deschutes County Behavioral Health
Human Resources Manager, BBSI
Marketing Assistant, Territorial Seed Company
Human Factors Engineer, Intel Corporation
Labor Relations Specialist, Lane County
Fraud Investigator, State of Oregon
Associate Editor, The Prevention Researcher
Licensed Professional Counselor, Second Nature Cascades
Data Analytics Specialist, Pacific Source Health Plans
Family Advocate, South Coast Head Start
Business Manager, Early Education Program
Project Specialist, Symplicity Corporation
Clinical Information Systems Analyst, Deschutes County
Statewide Trainer, Options for Southern Oregon
Where have OSU students participated in experiential learning (internships/research/etc.)?
Department of Human Services
Human Development and Family Sciences Department, OSU-Cascades
In addition to our general job, internship, and volunteer search resources, below are some industry specific resources to help you search for opportunities in Psychology. Don't forget the important process of researching employers and networking with professionals in companies/organizations that you are interested in.
In addition to our general Graduate/Professional School resources, utilize the following resources for researching advanced degrees in Psychology.
Involvement in professional associations can expand your network, keep you up to date on current trends in the field, and give you access to additional job and internship opportunities.