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Psychology

Major Information

Opportunities for work in psychology are expanding in number and scope.  The move toward preventing illness, rather than merely diagnosing and treating it, requires individuals to learn how to make healthy behavior a routine part of living.  Psychologists contribute solutions to problems through careful collection of data, analysis of data, and development of intervention strategies –in other words, by applying scientific principles, the hallmark of psychology.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science: Psychology
  • Master of Science: Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology: Clinical Psychology

Sample Occupations

  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Armed Forces Officer
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Case Manager/Worker
  • Corrections Officer
  • Direct Care Provider
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Hotel Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Insurance (Sales & Claims Rep.)
  • Market Research Analyst
  • (See also Marketing Careers)
  • Marketing Manager/Sales
  • Manager
  • Medical Sales Rep.
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Promotions Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Residential Counselor/Mental
  • Health Worker
  • Retail (Buying, Managing,
  • Display)
  • Sales Agent
  • Supervisor
  • Teacher Aide
  • Youth Counselor
  • Addictions Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Community College Professor
  • Health Care Counselor
  • Marriage & Family Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • Child Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Cognitive Psychologist
  • College Professor
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Development Psychologist
  • Engineering Psychologist
  • Experimental Psychologist
  • Industrial/ Organizational
  •      Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Psychologist
  • Sports Psychologist

Sample Work Settings

  • Adoption/Child Care Agencies
  • Assisted Living Homes
  • Business & Industry
  • Educational Institutions
  • Dept. of Defense
  • Dept. of Health and Human
  • Services
  • Dept. of Justice
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Social Security Administration
  • Group Homes
  • Hospitals & Clinics
  • Mental Health Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Personnel Departments
  • Private Practice
  • Public Health Service
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Public Schools
  • Publishing Companies
  • Recreation Departments
  • Research Institutions
  • Science Research Laboratories
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Test Development Corporations

Sample Employers

  • Beacon Health Options
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • City Year
  • Coastal Harbor Health Systems
  • The Coca-Cola Company 
  • Covenant Community, Inc.
  • Delta Air Lines
  • DFACS
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • GEICO
  • Georgia DBHD
  • Georgia Regional Hospital
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Grady Health System
  • Magellan Health
  • Marcus Autism Center
  • Memorial Health
  • Pineland Mental Health
  • Savannah Chatham Public Schools
  • State of Georgia
  • Serenity Behavioral Health Services
  • Summit’s Edge, LLC
  • U.S.  Dept. of Veteran Affairs

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2

bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $18

http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://salary.com 

Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association

www.apa.org

American Counseling Association

www.counseling.org

Association for Psychological Science

www.psychologicalscience.org

American Psychiatric Association

www.psychiatry.org

Southeastern Psychological Association

www.sepaonline.com

American Mental Health Counselors Association

www.amhca.org

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Psych Coalition (Statesboro)

Get Psych’d (Armstrong)

Psi Chi

Professional Tips

  • Complete an internship relevant to your area of interest.
  • Gain various volunteer experiences.
  • Consider partnering with a faculty member for additional research experience. 
  • Join student organizations and obtain leadership positions.

Résumé Tips

  • Bachelor of Science: Psychology.
  • Bachelor of Arts: Psychology. 
  • When research or presentation experience is listed on the résumé, the information should be listed in APA format.  Including research on your résumé shows your data collection and analysis skills. 
  • Include conference attendance and memberships (professional affiliations).
  • Include knowledge of SPSS.
  • Include any internship or volunteer experiences that you have acquired.

Last updated: 7/26/2022