Have you ever wondered what makes a person tick? As in, the things that flow through their clockwork mind that cause them to arrive at a mental destination, whether it’s through rational logic, cognitive bias or abnormal thinking. The human mind is a complicated entity with all its twists and turns through consciousness and subconsciousness. If you’re interested in unraveling the mental processes that affect individual and social behavior, then you may want to major in Psychology.
UTSA’s Psychology Program
UTSA’s Psychology degree will cultivate a strong scientific understanding of behavior and mental processes. You’ll learn how to apply scientific principles to a broad range of topics like memory, sensation, motivation, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior and more. This degree program will prepare you for a number of government and private careers in the fields of social work, human resources, and organizational management. You’ll also be able to enroll in graduate school and pursue becoming a licensed psychologist where you’ll have the opportunity to work in schools, hospitals, mental health organizations, nonprofit agencies and more.
Careers in Psychology
Top job titles for Psychology graduates include:
• Mental Health Counselor
• Clinical Case Manager
• Social Worker
• Human Service Assistant
• UX Developer
• Psychiatric Technician
• Healthcare Administrator
Psychology and its related career pathways are currently in lower than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-2019 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA. More than 144,000 Psychology-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.
UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.
Industries for Psychology Graduates
Psychology is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of psychology-related positions over 2018-19 included:
• General Hospitals
• Individual and Family Services
• Higher Education
• Insurance Carriers
• Psychiatric Hospitals
• Outpatient Care Centers
• Physicians’ Offices
• Elementary and Secondary Schools
Salaries for Psychology Graduates
The salary range for open psychology-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:
Source: Burning Glass
Skills and Interests for Psychology Majors
While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Psychology graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Psychology may be a good fit for you if:
• You enjoy working with others
• You are a good listener
• You like helping people
• You enjoy learning
• You like solving puzzles and problems
- John S. Jockusch Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
- Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared major in a liberal arts discipline within COLFA.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Mary Pat and Louis H. Stumberg Endowed Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Sciences
- This scholarship is intended to assist outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who have declared a major in one of the following majors.
- Other social and behavioral science disciplines
Students will learn how to apply scientific principles to a broad range of topics like memory, sensation, motivation, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior and more. This degree program will prepare you for a number of government and private careers in the fields of social work, human resources, and organizational management. Students will also be able to enroll in graduate school and pursue becoming a licensed psychologist where they will have the opportunity to work in schools, hospitals, mental health organizations, nonprofit agencies and more. Students studying Psychology may consider becoming involved in:
- Student Psychology Association
- School Psychology Graduate Student Organization
- Psi Chi International Society in Psychology
- Active Minds