Careers in Psychology
Unlock diverse opportunities from your psychology degree.
Even after you’ve chosen to pursue a career in psychology, you may still wonder which path is best for you. Fortunately, the options are wide open. Because psychology is such a broad field of study, your skills are well suited to a wide range of careers.
Generally speaking, psychologists use their applied knowledge and research to service the community, or they choose to advance the discipline by pursuing basic research and teaching. But in reality, the line between research and application frequently overlaps since many professionals engage in both activities. The model of the scientist-practitioner is the standard for many graduate programs, and it is based on a combination of knowledge-seeking and practical application.
Job and Internship Opportunities
Find jobs and internships related to your degree in psychology by using Handshake, Adelphi’s online job recruiting service.
Specializations in Psychology
Because psychology is a broad field that encompasses many disciplines, most people choose to focus on one aspect. However, some professional psychologists still choose to pursue more than one specialty.
Fortunately, there are many specialties to select from. The American Psychological Association (APA) offers a helpful listing as part of its Careers in Psychology resource.
We’re dedicated to the furtherance of psychology by thoroughly preparing students to be competitive in their scholarly commitments. The undergraduate internship program is designed to provide practical experience for students looking to continue their studies at the graduate level. Internships are important in aiding students in their quest to further their knowledge in clinical, school and/or research settings.
Psychology majors are required to participate in a Senior Experience Applied (SEA) course and may use the internship to meet the degree requirements.
Explore internship opportunities through the career center.
Steps for entering the internship
- Student fills out and submits an application for the course.
- Psychology department approves or denies the application.
- Student interviews for an internship and lets the Professor know where and what they will be doing at the site.
- Professor approves the internship or lets the student know it isn’t suitable.
- Student accepts the internship if offered the position.
- Student begins course and internship.
Professional Opportunities in Psychology
Today, the American Psychological Association (APA) recognizes more than 50,000 individuals who have earned a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. from an accredited graduate school.
Learn more about the many professional opportunities in psychology by consulting your Adelphi adviser and networking with other students and professionals. Additional sources include:
- Careers in Psychology, a free online resource from the APA.
- The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics offers specific information about the field, job growth, income and professional opportunities.
- Is Psychology the Major for You?, a book published by the APA, is available in the undergraduate office in 212 Blodgett Hall, or can be ordered from:
The American Psychological Association
1200 Seventeenth St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Explore opportunities through the career center.