A Career Guide for the Psychology Major

Psychology defines itself as a science that focuses on mental processes and cognition, social influences on the individual, and the biological and neural bases of human and animal behavior. The main mission of the faculty in psychology is to prepare students for graduate training and professional work in psychology and to provide a sound undergraduate education for students wishing to work in areas outside of psychology, e.g., business, law or education. The department offers the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Reading
  • Studying science
  • Working with computers
  • Writing reports
  • Learning about the behavior of living things
  • Organizing ideas
  • Creativity
  • Identifying problems
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong oral/written communication skills
  • Strong memory skills
  • Creativity
  • Exercising sound judgment
  • Patience
  • Compiling and evaluating data
  • Perceptiveness
  • Computer literacy
  • Organizing ideas and supporting literature


The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology requires a minimum of 120 credit-hours. The B.A. in Psychology is intended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology (experimental psychology; clinical or counseling psychology; applied psychology). Facilities are available for experimental research in cognitive psychology, psychobiology, social/personality psychology, and developmental psychology. Qualified students are strongly encouraged to become involved in such research (normally, via a Directed Independent Study or a special research course).

All students are required to complete at least 40 credit-hours of college-level psychology coursework. At least 20 of the 40 credit-hours must be taken at Florida Atlantic University. A minor in Psychology is available for students who complete a minimum of 15 credits of required psychology courses. Qualified students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology may participate in the departmental Honors Program after completion of 60 credit-hours and prior to the completion of 105 credit-hours.


The following are examples of positions often held by Psychology graduates:

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor
Probation Officer
Psychological Technician in Research/ Government Agencies
Employment Agency Counselor
Social Worker
Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
Behavioral Modification Technician
Residential Care Worker
Advertising Manager
Medical Doctor
Clinical Psychologist
Counseling Psychologist
Human Resource Officer
Mental Health Aide
Sales/Marketing Representative
Sales/Business Manager
Sales Consultant
School Psychologist
Animal Trainer
Affirmative Action Officer
Guidance Counselor
Public Relations Specialist
Placement Officer

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Department of Psychology
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Boca Raton
Behavioral Sciences Rm 101

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Freshman Academic Advising, and in cooperation with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Department of Psychology.
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