Students interested in using scientific research to understand human behavior and applying that research to solve many of society’s biggest problems are good candidates for a career in psychology.

Psychological science touches every aspect of our lives. It is a field that is constantly evolving.

For students interested in a career that is diverse and exciting — and in demand — psychology offers many compelling career paths to choose from.

For example, brain science and cognitive psychologists are integral to many organizations, schools and businesses, helping educators, engineers, scientists, artists, architects and designers understand how the brain works. Industrial and organizational psychologists explore human behavior to uncover strategies that can help people perform better in the workplace. Psychologists working on issues affecting our climate use psychological science to help promote human behaviors that can protect and restore our environment.

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I/O Psychology at Work

Solving Problems Through Team Training

By replicating decision-making scenarios in high-stakes environments, I/O psychologist Eduardo Salas, PhD, is learning how and why mistakes happen. He uses real-world simulations to identify how teams make decisions under stress, and then uses research-based methods to improve team coordination.

Health Psychology at Work

Changing Habits, Changing Lives

Health psychologist Deborah Tate, PhD, studies people’s lifestyle choices to find out what it takes to get people to adopt healthier behaviors that can help prevent chronic disease. Her research focuses on improving weight-loss strategies and explores ways technology can help more people benefit from proven psychological interventions.

Human Factors Psychology at Work

Keeping the Roads Safe

Cognitive neuroscientist David Strayer, PhD, studies how the brain processes information to better understand what causes driver distraction. By determining what takes our attention off the road, he’s helping to develop regulatory policies that keep us safer behind the wheel.