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 fields such as personnel, advertising, writing, community service, health, teaching, public relations, management, research and sales.
Alternatively, psychology majors may choose to pursue additional education in areas such as law, social work, counseling, or psychology. If they choose to further pursue further education in psychology, students choose among the many areas of specialization in the diverse field of psychology. Areas of specialization fall under headings such 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 Development Office assists students in their search for employment by offering individual career counseling sessions, by conducting 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 Development Office during their freshman year to develop a personal career plan.