Careers in Psychology

Upon graduation, psychology majors are in a position to move in two different career directions. First, they may seek immediate employment in a variety of settings, such as business, community agencies and education. As liberal arts and social science graduates, they offer important strengths to the world of work, including an understanding of human behavior, skills in critical thinking, problem analysis and oral and written communication.

Xavier graduates with majors in psychology may be found in such fields as personnel, advertising, writing, community service, health, teaching, public relations, management, research and sales.

Second, psychology majors may enter graduate school to further develop their knowledge in psychology. This path leads to becoming a professional psychologist through the attainment of a doctoral degree and the fulfillment of certain other requirements.

Psychology majors may also enter graduate or professional schools in other fields such as counseling, law, medicine, social work and business. There is a great diversity within the field of psychology. Areas of specialization fall under such headings as clinical, counseling, experimental, industrial/organizational, sports, educational, community and developmental. Psychology as a profession continues to grow in response to society's recognition of the contribution of psychology to the understanding and solution of human problems.

The University's Career Services Center assists students in their search for employment by offering individual career counseling sessions, by conducting an annual workshop series on interviewing and resume writing techniques, and by maintaining an educational, vocational, and employer information resource center. A large number of employers visit the campus annually to interview graduating seniors. Many students begin working with the Career Services Center during their freshman year to develop a personal career plan.