Descriptions of Occupations of Interest to Psychology Majors

From the Dictionary of Occupational Titles


Drew C. Appleby, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis



The following is a list of over 100 occupations that psychology majors can pursue and the urls that will take them to the descriptions of these occupations in the Information Technology Associates online version of the Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT). I created this list of occupations from the following sources.

·         Psychology majors enrolled in my B103 Orientation to a Major in Psychology class who must identify an occupation in which they have an interest and create a plan to successfully enter that occupation

·         A list of the occupations that IUPUI psychology alumni have entered

·         Marky Lloyd’s Careers in Psychology website (

·         A non-exhaustive examination of the DOT, during which I searched for additional occupations of interest to psychology majors not identified by the first three sources


The DOT provides descriptions of over 40,000 occupations that identify the tasks people employed in these occupations must perform. This makes the DOT a valuable source of information for undergraduate psychology majors because they can use it to discover the skills they must develop to gain employment in the occupations they wish to enter. This knowledge can then help them identify the opportunities their schools offer to develop these skills (e.g., classes, internships, service learning, and extracurricular activities) and can also provide them with the motivation to take advantage of these opportunities because of their increased awareness of the importance of these skills. For example, the following is a description of school psychologist taken verbatim from the DOT. Notice how each sentence begins with a verb, thus identifying the skills school psychologists must possess to perform their job (e.g., evaluates needs, advises teachers, refers individuals to community agencies, counsels pupils, plans special placement, serves as a consultant, and carries out research, conducts diagnostic studies).


Evaluates needs of average, gifted, handicapped, and disturbed children within educational system or school, and plans and carries out programs to enable children to attain maximum achievement and adjustment: Conducts diagnostic studies to identify child's needs, limitations, and potentials, observing child in classroom and at play, studying school records, consulting with parents and school personnel, and administering and interpreting diagnostic findings. Plans special placement or other treatment programs. Counsels pupils individually and in groups, using psychodrama, play therapy, personal interviews, and other psychological methods to assist pupils to achieve personal, social, and emotional adjustment. Carries out research to aid in introduction of programs in schools to meet current psychological, educational, and sociological needs of children. Advises teachers and other school personnel on methods to enhance school and classroom atmosphere to provide motivating educational environment. Refers individuals to community agencies to secure medical, vocational, or social services for child or family. Participates in planning of remedial classes and testing programs designed to meet needs of students. Serves as consultant to school board, superintendent, administrative committees, and parent-teacher groups in matters involving psychological services within educational system or school.


Undergraduate psychology majors interested in becoming a school psychologist should read this description carefully, and seek opportunities to develop or enhance these skills. This information will help students to identify careers of interest, and assist in the career planning process.


Academic Counselor                                           

Advertising Sales Representative                          

Alumni Director                                                  

Animal Trainer                                                    

Applied Statistician                                              

Art Therapist                                                      

Benefits Manager                                                

Career Information Specialist                               


Chief Psychologist                                               

Child Development Specialist                               

Child Psychologist                                               

Child Welfare/Placement Caseworker                  

Claims Supervisor                                                

Clinical Psychologist                                            


College/University Professor                                

Community Organization Worker                          

Community Worker                                             

Comparative Psychologist                                    

Computer Programmer                                        

Conservation Officer                                           

Correctional Treatment Specialist                         

Corrections Officer                                             

Counseling Psychologist                           

Criminal Investigator (FBI and other)                    

Customer Service Representative Supervisor        

Data Base Administrator                                     

Data Base Design Analyst                                   

Delinquency Prevention Social Worker                 

Department Manager                                          

Developmental Psychologist                                 


Educational Psychologist                                      

Elementary School Teacher                                 

Employee Relations Specialist                              

Employment Counselor                                        

Employment Interviewer                                      

Engineering Psychologist                                      

Experimental Psychologist                                    

Family Counselor/Caseworker                              

Financial Aid Counselor                           

Fund Raiser I                                                      

Fund Raiser II                                                     

Group Worker                                                     

Guidance Counselor                                             

Health Care Facility Administrator                        

High School Teacher                                           

Human Resource Advisor                                    

Industrial/Organizational Psychologist                   

Information Specialist                                          

Job Analyst                                                         


Loan Officer                                                       

Management Analyst                                           

Market Research Analyst                                    

Marriage and Family Counselor                            

Medical Social Worker                                        

Mental Retardation Aide                                      

Military Psychologist                                            

Minister, Priest, Rabbi, Chaplain, etc.                    

Music Therapist                                                              




News Writer                                                       


Occupational Analyst                                           

Occupational Therapist                                        


Patient Resources and Reimbursement Agent       



Personnel Psychologist                                        

Personnel Recruiter                                             



Physical Therapist                                               


Police Officer                                                     

Polygraph Examiner                                            

Preschool Teacher                                              

Probation/Parole Officer                                      

Psychiatric Aide/Attendant                                  

Psychiatric Social Worker                                    

Psychiatric Technician                                         


Psychological Anthropologist                                

Psychological Stress Evaluator                             


Public Health Director                                         

Public Relations Representative                            

Purchasing Agent                                                

Real Estate Agent                                               

Recreation Leader                                               

Recreation Supervisor                                          

Recreational Therapist                                         

Research Assistant                                              

Retail Salesperson                                               

School Psychologist                                             

School Social Worker                                          

Social Group Worker                                           

Social Psychologist                                              

Social Services Aide                                            

Speech Pathologist                                              

Substance Abuse Counselor                                 

Systems Analyst                                                  

Teacher for the Emotionally Impaired                   

Teacher for the Hearing Impaired                        

Teacher for the Learning Disabled                       

Teacher for the Mentally Impaired                       

Teacher for the Visually Impaired                        

Technical Writer                                                 

Therapist for the Blind                                         

Veterans Contact Representative                         


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor                      

Vocational Training Teacher                                

Volunteer Coordinator                                         



If there are other occupations contained in the DOT that you believe should be included in this list, please email these occupations and their urls to me at