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Today's Careers for Research-Trained Psychologists

Many graduate students limit their career choices by preconceptions of what research psychologists can do, but your educational experience and skills prepare you for a wide variety of opportunities!

For example, there are psychologists designing cockpits for NASA and furniture for manufacturing companies; they analyze studies to evaluate the comfort of mattresses and the decision making ability of submarine captains. Psychologists develop incentive systems for brokerage houses or personnel evaluation systems for police departments; they study the alleviation of dental pain perception and the stress evaluation of working at crime scenes; and their research impacts jury selection and prison design, toy advertising and video presentation, TV dial locations and computer software. 

Research-trained psychologists are found in almost every possible type of workplace or job site. Many of these are listed in the left-hand column below.  The types of work performed are listed in the right-hand column. The number of possible combinations is staggering, and you can bet that for almost every one there will be a research-trained psychologist on the job! Though much of these are in their primitive form in India but with the fastest ever pace of development, things will not be different for India too.




Field of Employment

Type of Work Performed

  • Advertising

  • Aerospace

  • Architecture & Design

  • Banking/Finance

  • Business

  • Computer Hardware & Software

  • Consumer Products

  • Criminal Justice System

  • Education

  • Employment

  • Entertainment, the Arts

  • Environment

  • Government

  • Health

  • Human Resources, e.g., personnel

  • Human Services, e.g., social service

  • Industry

  • Insurance

  • Manufacturing

  • Military

  • Museums, Zoos

  • Startup Companies

  • Sports

  • Telecommunications

  • Transportation/Traffic

  • Administration

  • Advising

  • Analysis

  • Assessment

  • Business Process Engineering

  • Computer/Human Interface

  • Consulting

  • Counseling

  • Data Analysis

  • Design

  • Editing

  • Ergonomics

  • Exper. Design

  • Evaluating

  • Facilitation

  • Focus Groups

  • Forensics

  • Interviewing

  • Market Research

  • Motivation

  • Negotiation

  • Performance Evaluation

  • Polling

  • Public Policy

  • Recruiting

  • Rehabilitation

  • Research

  • Safety

  • Sensory Evaluation/Perception

  • Software Engineering

  • Statistics

  • Strategic Planning

  • Stress Evaluation

  • Teaching/Training

  • Time-Motion Study

  • Work Design

  • Writing
Reference : APA ( American Psychological Association )



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