Field of Psychology

The psychology programs at Husson University provide a rigorous training program for students whose career plans move toward the mental health field. At the undergraduate level, programs include practical experience and may be capped wth MHRT certification.

  • According to the American Psychological Association, an undergraduate psychology degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as health psychology, consumer psychology, military psychology, school psychology and community psychology.
  • Psychology graduates are likely to be found in such diverse settings as:
    • Research and teaching in institutions of higher education
    • Clinical psychology, working in health care settings
    • Educational psychology in local education authorities, schools and special schools
    • Occupational psychology in management, personnel, training, selection, and career services
    • Forensic (or criminological and legal) psychology--working in penal establishments, special hospitals, and with young offenders
    • Counseling psychology in private practice and commercial settings
    • Health psychology
    • Sports psychology
  • The American Psychological Association tells us that 15 to 20 per cent of psychology graduates become professional psychologists. Many more become mental health professionals or work in allied social service branches.
  • According to the Maine Department of Labor, social service jobs (served by a psychology major) are expanding significantly. At the same time, child care workers jobs are expected to increase to 1,350. This latter occupation is listed among Maine's forty professional jobs experiencing the largest amount of growth. Each of these developments will mean the creation of many new opportunities in human services including mental health services for psychology graduates.
  • Psychology also ranks among the forty fastest growing occupations in Maine and it is anticipated that the number of psychologists in Maine will increase.
  • Nationally, it is projected that employment of psychologists will grow faster than the average of all occupations. Jobs will cluster in health care institutions and organizations, nursing homes, and substance abuse clinics. Psychology-related job opportunities will also increase in businesses, non-profit organizations, and in research organizations.