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Psychology

As a psychology major, you’ll gain familiarity with current knowledge about the important determinants of human behavior and with the methods used to expand that knowledge, while developing critical thinking skills. You can choose to concentrate in behavioral and evolutionary neuroscience; perception, cognition and development; or social and personality psychology.

Sample Courses

  • Biopsychology of Learning and Memory
  • Intuitive Judgment
  • Human Perception: Applications to Computer Graphics, Art and Visual Display
  • Evolution of Language

Post-Graduate Outcomes

All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive, rather they are a sampling of the data. "Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school. If you would like more information, please email as_careers@cornell.edu

60%   Employed
23%   Attending Grad School
9%     Seeking Employment
9%     Other

67% of the Class of 2014-2018 Psychology graduates completed the survey. n = 233

Below, you will find:

  • Top Employment Sectors
  • Where Graduates Work
  • Top Graduate Fields
  • Where Graduates Study

Top Employment Sectors

  • Education (26%)
  • Nonprofit Organization (13%)
  • Consulting/Prof. Practice (12%)
  • Technology (10%)
  • Financial Services (9%)
  • Government (6%), Communications & Media (6%) 
  • Retail (4%)
  • Law (3%), Business - Other (3%), Health and Human Services (3%)
  • Hospitality (2%), Manufacturing (2%)
  • Real Estate (1%) 

Where 2014-2018 Psychology Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Abercrombie & Fitch Business Analyst
Accenture Management Consulting Analyst
Aerotek Recruiter
AmeriCorps JusticeCorps Graduate Fellow
AppNExus Associate Client Operations Analyst
APT Foundation Research Coordinator
Barclays Analyst
Bernstein Private Wealth Management Associate
Bloomingdale's Executive Development Program (2)
Boeing Company Finance Rotational Program Candidate
Boston Children's Hospital Research Assistant
Cambridge Montessori School Assistant Director
Capital One HR Rotational Program Associate
CEB Research Analyst (3)
Center for Family Representation Family Advocate
Center for Health & Gender Equity Research Intern
Child Mind Institute Research Participant Navigator
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Research Assistant (2)
City Year Corps Member (3)
Columbia University Research Coordinator
Cornell University

Research Technician IV
Development Coordinator
Rural Youth Services Danby Program Manager
Lab Manager
Social Cognition Lab Tech
Student Services Assistant IV

Cornerstone Research Analyst
Davis Polk & Wardwell Corporate Legal Assistant (2)
Deloitte Consulting Business Analyst
Emerge Social Enterprise Development & Marketing Specialist
Entrepreneurial Finance Lab

Global Fellow

Epic Systems Project Manager
Evercore Partners Investment Banking Analyst
EY Business Analyst
Facebook Account Manager
Four Winds Hospital Mental Health Worker
Generator Media and Analytics Digital Ad Operations Analyst
Gerson Lehrman Group Research Associate
Glazer Properties IT Specialist
Goldman Sachs Human Capital Management Analyst
Legal Analyst
Gorkana Media Executive
IBM Performance Marketing Professional
Digital Marketing Strategist
Data Scientist (2)
ideas42 Analyst
Kipp Charter School  Kipp Liberty Teaching Fellow
Lazard Research Analyst
Lyft Software Engineer - iOS
Macy's Executive Development Program
Masa Israel Journey Israel Teaching Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technical Assistant
Senior Research Support Associate
Match Education Americorps Member
Mathematica Policy Research Program Associate
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Research Assistant
Physician Office Assistant
MIC Tanzania Ltd Consumer Understanding Officer
Milken Community Schools HR Assistant
Morgan Stanley Human Resources Analyst
National Institutes of Health Post-bacc IRTA Research Fellow (4)
Research Assistant (3)
NAture's Classroom Teacher
Nielsen Company Innovation Demand Analyst
Professional Services Analyst Experience Associate
District Attorney of New York County Paralegal
Oracle Corporation Associate Sales Representative
Sales/Business Development Representative (2)
Pennsylvania State University Business Intelligence Consultant
PwC Lab Manager
Management Consulting Associate
Quicken Loans Associate Recruiter
Rosie Applications Digital Marketing Specialist
RTI International Public Health Analyst
Saks Fifth Avenue Assistant Buyer
Shell Refinery Process Chemist
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP Paralegal
Success Academy Charter Schools Associate Teacher
TC Ameritrade Rotational Analyst
Teacg for America Teacher (3)
Corps Member (3)
The Ohio State University Clinical Research Assistant
The Paris Review Editorial Intern
UC Funds Junior Accountant
Uncommon School Teacher
Unilever Customer Development/Marketing Management Trainee
University of Texas Southwestern Research Fellow
University of California-Davis Junior Specialist
University of California- Santa Barbara Research Specialist
University of Colorado Hospital Clinical Research Coordinator
University of Miami Research Associate
University of Tennessee-Knoxville Research Specialist
University of Toronto Research Officer
University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Associate
Venture for America Fellow
Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic Research Associate
Worlwide Business Research Marketing Assistant
Yale Child Study Center Research Fellow
Yale University Postgraduate Associate
ZS Associates Business Analyst

Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • Psychology (23%)
  • Law (21%)
  • Medicine (13%)
  • Clinical Psychology (6%)
  • Information Science (4%), Public Health (4%), Management (4%), Speech Pathology (4%), Hosp & Health Services Admin (4%)
  • Biological Sciences (2%), Business Admin (2%), Cognitive Studies (2%), Computer Science (2%), Fiber Science (2%), Human Computer Interaction (2%), Humanities & Social Thought (2%), Neurobiology & Behavior (2%), Philosophy (2%), School Counseling (2%)

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • PhD (33%)
  • JD (21%)
  • MA (10%), MS (10%)
  • MPH (4%), MPS (4%)
  • MEd (2%), DO (2%), MBA (2%), PsyD (2%), Post-Bacc (2%)

Where 2014-2018 Psychology Graduates Study

  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London College of Fashion
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • New York University
  • Philly College of Osteopathic Med.
  • Rutgers University
  • Stanford University
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland-College Park
  • UMass Medical School
  • UMass-Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Yale University