Jumpstart your career in psychology

The Department of Psychology provides the opportunity for degrees at the BA, MA, and PsyD levels. The department prepares students for employment in areas such as social services, education, health, and research fields, as well as graduate education in diverse fields of study. Here are some key national career statistics for psychology majors from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and PayScale.

Starting Salary

Average Starting Salaries for Psychology Majors (NACE)

Noteworthy Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries in Psychology (PayScale)

Community Social Services Director $99,600 Social Worker $66,878 Fundraiser $71,450 Community Development Manager $117,946 Behavioral Health Case Manager $96,073 Detective & Criminal Investigator $86,940 Emergency Management Director $76,250
Six months out of graduation

Alumni in humanities and social sciences employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

Real-world experiences in the psychology program include a wide array of internships in social services, clinical, geriatric, and research settings. Students have the opportunity to work closely with professors in their research labs and conduct their own research projects. Students can earn membership in Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, and join the Psychology Club. Students in the University Honors College can choose from three psychology honors tracks in clinical and neuropsychology, cognitive science, and social science.

What You'll Learn

In psychology, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • Research methodology in the behavioral sciences
  • Current approaches to the understanding of human behavior and mental processes
  • Understanding of the five main subdisciplines of psychology, i.e.,development, cognition, social, personality/clinical, and physiological areas
  • Verbal and written communication skills, among others

Key Career Skills for Psychology Majors

as indicated by Employers and Alumni on LinkedIn

Analytical Skills

Community Outreach

Digital Fluency

Proposal Writing

Public Speaking


Verbal & Written Communication

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021