Career and Leadership Development


With an understanding of human development and behavior, the psychologist promotes human welfare in a variety of environments, such as public and private institutions, business and industry, and community development. The focus of graduate study may be in many areas: clinical, social, developmental, experimental, personality, industrial, school, or organizational psychology. Clinical psychologists, for example, concentrate on counseling, research, rehabilitation, or a concern for persons with psychological disorders. Undergraduates may want to combine majors in psychology with other coursework to increase their marketability. Many of the occupations listed below may require graduate study.

Emphases within the major:

Psychology (BA/BS)
Psychology Education (BSE)
Psychological Sciences Graduate School Preparation Emphasis (BA/BS)
Scientist Practitioner Graduate School Preparation Emphasis (BA/BS)
Social Studies - Broadfield Psychology emphasis (BSE)

Major skills acquired:

Critical Thinking
Behavior Modification
Defining and Solving Problems
Defining Problem Areas
Gathering Information
Group Dynamics
Interpersonal Skills
Organization, Analyzing & Synthesizing Data
Report Writing
Research Methods
Statistical Analysis
Think Objectively
Understanding Individual Differences

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles numbers). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Activity Therapist (046.124-014)
Administrative Assistant (169.167-010)
Business Managers (186.117-010)
Counselor (045.107-010)
Human Resource Manager (166.267-046)
Personnel Managers (166.117-018) Sales
Psychiatric Technician
Psychologist, Clinical (045.107-022)
Psychologist, Counseling (045.107-026)
Psychologist, Developmental (045.061-010)
Psychologist, Educational (045.067-010)
Psychologist, Engineering (045.061-014)
Psychologist, Experimental (045.061-018)
Psychologist, Industrial
Psychologist, Organizational
Psychologist, School (045.107-034)
Psychologist, Social (045.067-014)
Psychometrist (045.067-018)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Access to Independence - Madison, WI
Allendale Association - Lake Villa, IL
AnchorBank - Middleton, WI
Belwood, Ltd. - Kenosha, WI
Bethesda Lutheran Home - Watertown, Wi
Boy Scouts of America - Milwaukee, WI
Brotolc Health Care Systems - Whitewater, WI
Central Wisconsin Center - Madison, WI
Cognitive Concepts, Inc. - Green Bay, WI
Covance - Madison, WI
Creative Community Living - Milwaukee, WI
Davidson County Public Defenders - Nashville, TN
Dominican High School - Whitefish Bay, WI
Ethan Allen School, DHSS-WI - Wales, WI
Excelsior Youth Center - Denver, CO
Goodwill Industries - Madison, WI
Green Tree Health Care - Glendale, WI
JC Penney - Brookfield, WI
Jefferson County Human Services - Jefferson, WI
Jefferson School District - Jefferson, WI
Johnson Controls - Milwaukee, WI
Kindercare Learning Center - Gurnee, IL
Lane Montessori School - Oconomowoc, WI
Lee Mental Institute - Fort Myers, FL
Madison Area Rehabilitation Center - Madison, WI
Marklund Children-s Home - Roselle, IL
Memorial Hospital - Oconomowoc, WI
New Perspective, Inc. - Brookfield, WI
Office Team Temporary Agency - Brookfield, WI
Opportunities, Inc. - Fort Atkinson, WI
Parkway Hospital - Madison, WI
Pathways Medical Advocates - Delavan, WI
Quad/Graphics, Inc. - Pewaukee, Wi
Rock Co. Psychiatric Hospital - Janesville, WI
Rogers Memorial Hospital - Oconomowoc, WI
Rotary International - Evanston, IL
Sherwin-Williams Company - Milwaukee, WI
Society's Assets - Racine, WI
Sonora Quest Laboratories - Tempe, AZ
St. Coletta School - Jefferson, WI
St. Nicholas Hospital - Sheboygan, WI
State of Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections - Wales, WI
The Janesville Gazette - Janesville, WI
The Ranch - Menomonee Falls, WI
Tomorrow-s Children - Waupun, WI
Waukesha Memorial Hospital - Waukesha, WI
Whitewater School District - Whitewater, WI
Winnebago County Juvenile Detention - Rockford, IL
Wisconsin Early Autism Project - Milwaukee, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH
Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Chicago, IL
Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School - Chicago, IL
Florida Atlantic University - Boca Raton, FL
Harvard - Cambridge, MA
John Jay College - New York, NY
Kent State - Kent, OH
Loyola Graduate School - Chicago, IL
Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
Miami University - Oxford, OH
Northern Illinois University - De Kalb, IL
SUNY - Buffalo, NY
University of Minnesota - Duluth, MN
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Whitewater, WI
Western Michigan - Kalamazoo, MI
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology - Milwaukee, WI
Wright State, Ohio

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Psychology Department
Departmental Office, Winther, Room 5035
Phone: 262-472-5416

American Psychological Association
Educational Affairs Office
1200 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Online Psychology Career Center