Careers in Psychology

Students working in Prof. Mark Seery's social psychophysiology lab

Students acquire hands-on experience in Prof. Mark Seery's Social Psychophysiology Lab

Psychology offers many exciting and rewarding career options. Psychology students develop an essential skill set that includes an understanding of the scientific method and psychological principles, critical analysis, problem solving, evaluation of evidence, statistical analysis and scientific writing. These skills build a foundation for the workforce or continued education in virtually any field.

Psychology Majors

Our undergraduate majors have continued on to a wide range of careers, reflecting the breadth of psychology. Some examples include:

  • Clinical practice in psychology (with PhD in psychology) or psychiatry (with MD and residency)
  • Counseling (with further education at the Master’s level): mental health, vocational, rehabilitation, probation, alcohol and drug, school or social work
  • Public health: behavior modification management, caseworker, occupational therapist, administration of hospitals and mental health facilities, medical technician
  • Basic and applied research: research psychologist (with PhD in psychology), research assistant, market researcher, program evaluator for government agencies, personnel manager, public relations specialist
  • Education: college professor (with PhD in psychology), teacher, vocational rehabilitation counselor, guidance counselor, youth worker
  • Criminal justice, probation officer
  • Statistics, data analysis and computer programming
  • Work in neuroscience: laboratory technician, pharmaceutical sales, science advocate, laboratory animal care technician, medical technician
  • Allied fields involving veterinary medicine, zoos, parks and aquariums
James Adegbite UB Celebration of Academic Excellence

Psychology student James Adegbite at the UB Celebration of Academic Excellence

Master's and PhD Graduates

Our Master’s and PhD graduates have gone on to prominent positions in many areas of psychology. Some examples include:

  • Basic research: psychological scientist, research professor, research director, research/data analyst, postdoctoral researcher, lab manager, laboratory technician
  • Applied research: program or agency director, market researcher
  • Education: college professor, lecturer, higher education administrator
  • Clinical practice in psychology: staff psychologist, psychologist in private practice 
  • Counseling: mental health, vocational, residential, rehabilitation, probation, alcohol and drug
  • Other applied practice: clinic director, behavioral specialist

Where are they now?

  • 6/18/18
    "The training I received at UB, both in formal coursework and in applied experience, provided the foundation I needed to be successful at Penn."
  • 6/18/18
    "My mentors taught me how to conduct impactful, illuminating and calculated research. They struck the right balance between challenge and encouragement that I needed to succeed."
  • 6/18/18
    "In the Department of Psychology at UB, I had the experiences that leave me feeling confident when I show up to work every day.”
  • 6/18/18
    "The highlights of my experience in the Department of Psychology at UB were the amazing lifetime friends I made, and feeling supported and valued as a research team member and independent researcher."
  • 6/18/18
    "I had opportunities for research work, learned about grants, travelled to conferences, and also had many opportunities for leadership and teaching."
  • 6/18/18
    "The diversity of opportunities and experiences I received at UB helped to prepare me well for being a faculty member myself in my current position as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology."
  • 6/18/18
    "In graduate school you need an advisor and a program that will support you and encourage you to take risks and discover new things about yourself and your discipline. For me, there was no better place than UB.”
  • 6/18/18
    “The Psychology graduate program at UB provides a great foundation to conduct research independently and collaborate with others in the field."
  • 6/18/18
    "My time in the UB Master's program was essential in preparing me for my future career path—and also very enjoyable, personally."
  • 6/18/18
    "A highlight of my graduate training was the support I received for my dissertation study."
  • 6/18/18
    "The UB Psychology graduate program allowed me to gain teaching experience while training to be an independent researcher."
  • 6/18/18
    "I was challenged to think in new ways and to perform at a level that I didn’t know I had in me."
  • 6/18/18
    "Most important, the faculty provided outstanding mentorship, which is necessary to succeed in the field."
  • 6/18/18
    "The world-class training I received at UB while earning my PhD in Cognitive Psychology prepared me well for my position as a research-active faculty member."
  • 6/18/18
    “Being a doctoral student in Psychology was definitely the high point of my education. I was finally able to immerse myself in research and theory, grappling with ideas and intellectual puzzles, conducting empirical research, and sharing my findings at prestigious conferences."
  • 6/18/18
    "The faculty emphasized scientific rigor and attention to detail, but also made special efforts to accommodate students' family responsibilities outside of school and to balance academic work with opportunities for social gatherings."
  • 6/18/18
    "My training at UB in how to conduct research that can have a real impact and that is both methodologically rigorous and ethically sound was invaluable."
  • 6/18/18
    "I always felt at home in the research laboratory and each day left with a sense of fulfillment, knowing our strides were making a difference."
  • 6/18/18
    "I had many fulfilling experiences at UB, but the highlight of my graduate career was the regular one-on-one interactions with dedicated and invested faculty members."
  • 6/18/18
    "The training I received fostered my passion for science, encouraging me not only to succeed but to excel in my chosen field, and provided me with a strong foundation for my current research investigating the neural controls of food reward and other motivated behaviors.”
  • 6/18/18
    "I found the devotion of the professors to be impressive; they read every assignment students submitted and sent out feedback in a timely fashion, gave career-oriented suggestions, and enthusiastically recommended students to research labs and higher-level school programs."
  • 6/18/18
    "The decisions I make every day about the design and interpretation of research are informed by the knowledge I gained at UB.”
  • 6/18/18
    "As a result of earning my graduate degree at UB, I was fully prepared to educate, lead and think critically."
  • 6/18/18
    "The Master's degree in General Psychology provided me with individualized mentorship and post-graduate planning that allowed me to explore various fields of psychology and evaluate my current awareness, knowledge and skills."