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Research Careers

Why Major in Psychology?

Employers in research settings know psychology majors will have excellent analytical skills and the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.  It is also valuable to understand how characteristics such as mental illness, personality, or life experiences influence research participants.   Researchers may work in a variety of settings including universities,  pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and advertising firms.

Sample job titles with a bachelor’s degree

Research Assistant

Sample job titles with a master’s degree

Senior Research Assistant
Program Manager

Sample job titles with a doctoral degree

Psychologist
Research Scientist

Special Considerations

Employers appreciate good data analytic and research skills.  It is a good idea to take extra coursework in Statistics and to work as an undergraduate research assistant.