What do psychology graduates do?

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and cognitive processes. Psychology is applied to our understanding of how humans grow and develop as individuals; how individuals function as members of groups, organizations, and society; and how individuals' cognitive functioning changes with age, injury, or substances.  Areas of basic study include learning, cognition, neuroscience, sensation and perception, social psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, personality psychology and the scientific methodology of psychology. Applied areas of psychology include clinical psychology, school and educational psychology, industrial psychology, organizational behavior, leadership in organizations, human-computer interaction, and human factors and ergonomics.

The study of psychology is excellent preparation for many jobs and professions. Graduate level professions such as medicine and law, as well as employers of bachelor's level degrees, are interested in both the research and the "people" skills that psychology graduates possess. Psychology students learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret data and develop the skills for getting along with and successfully working with others.


A survey of graduates over a 10-year period showed 98% attained their goal of employment, entry into a graduate or professional program, or both. Missouri S&T psychology majors go on to law school, medical school, graduate school, and are successful in careers in business, education, and nonprofit organizations.

A few examples of positions that our alumni hold are corporate vice president of the largest Fortune 500 company in the U.S., corporate CEO, job specialist, personnel manager, sales and advertising representative, realtor, stockbroker, quality control analyst, marketing analyst, rehabilitation director, mental health agency director, director of probation and parole, writer, school teacher, school counselor, and school superintendent. Other positions include physician, lawyer, judge, professor of psychology, chief of a regulatory agency, human factors engineer, industrial engineer, industrial psychologist, clinical psychologist, counseling psychologist, physical therapist, marriage/family counselor, social worker, and social services supervisor.

To find out more about career paths in psychology, you might review the jobs available on the following web sites:  American Psychological Association (APA) (www.apa.org), American Psychological Society (APS) (www.psychologicalscience.org), Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) (www.siop.org), and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) (www.hfes.org).

For more information contact:

Dr. Susan Murray, Interim Chair, Department of Psychological Science
(573) 341-4937