Psychobiology

What is Psychobiology?

The bachelor of science in psychobiology is intended for students with an interest in organismic biology and natural science approaches to psychology. The major is ideal for developing an appreciation for the emerging fields of neuroscience and health psychology. Individuals arrange courses to satisfy their particular interests and prepare for advanced study in psychology, psychobiology, biology, behavioral ecology, veterinary medicine, the health professions (medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, optometry) or employment in varied areas, including pharmaceutical research or sales and allied health professions.

Related Career Titles of Albright Alumni (Some may require education beyond bachelor’s degree)

Assistant ProfessorAssistant PsychologistBehavioral Therapist
Clinical Care CoordinatorClinical Data ReviewerClinical Neuropsychologist
Clinical PsychologistClinical Research AssociateFamily Physician
Medical Research SpecialistNeuropsychologistOccupational Therapist
Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.Physical TherapistPsychiatric Assistant
PsychiatristPsychologistQuality Control Analyst
Research CoordinatorResearch ScientistTherapeutic Counselor

Biology Related Career Titles (Some may require education beyond bachelor’s degree)

AgronomistEnvironmental EngineerMarine Engineering Tech
Animal ScientistEnvironmental HealthMarine Fisheries/Worker
Aquaculture FarmerEnvironmental ProtectionMarine Geologist
Aqua culturistErgonomistMarine Sales
Aquarium & MuseumFish Hatchery TechMarine Tourist Worker
Aquarium TechnicianFisheries ConservationMarket Research Analyst
Aquatic BiologistFloristMedical Illustrator
Barrier Beach MgrFood Scientist-TechMedical Laboratory Tech
Bio-EngineerForesterMedical Librarian
Bio-TechnologistGenetic Eng. ResearchMedical Technologist
BiochemistGeographerMeteorologist
BiometricianHealth OfficerMicrobiologist
Boat Builder & RepairHorticulturistMolecular Biologist
BotanistHospital AdministratorMortician
Chem. OceanographerHydrographic SurveyorMuseum/Aquarium Admin.
ChiropractorIndustrial HygienistMycologist
Coastal Resources Mgr.Industrial Marine Econ.Naval Architect
Commercial Fish. Eng.Limnological TechnicianNet Designer
CoronerMarine-Coastal ConsultNeurobiologist
DentistMarine BacteriologistOceanographer
Dietitian & NutritionistMarine BiologistParamedic
EcologistMarine EcologistParasitologist
Pharmacy TechnicianPhysical TherapistPharmaceutical Sales
Science Lab Tech.Public Health WorkerPhysician
ZoologistScience TeacherSalt Marsh Manager
Wildlife Resources Mgr.State Parks & RecreationScience Writer
Technical WriterTest-Inspection Tech.Soil Conservationist
Underwater TechnicianVeterinarianSystems Analyst
Geophysicist/PhysicistWildlife BiologistToxicologist
Water Quality TechnicianFilm MakerScience Illustrator

Psychology Related Career Titles (Some may require education beyond bachelor’s degree)

Activity LeaderCrisis Intervention CounselorInternational Student Advisor
Admissions CounselorCustomer Service Rep.Job Developer
Advertising AssistantCustoms/Immigration OfficerJunior Market Analyst
Employment Agency CounselorLabor Relations SpecialistCommunity and Social Service Worker
Market Research AnalystCase WorkerMarketing/Sales Manager
Community Relations Rep.Hospice CoordinatorMarket Research Analyst
Human ResourcesMental Health CoordinatorCorrectional Caseworker
Personnel InterviewerRecreation SpecialistProbation Officer
TeacherSales RepresentativeProfessional Employment Recruiter
Crisis Intervention CounselorArt TherapistCounselor – School
Child PsychologistCounselor – VocationalCollege Student Affairs
Counselor – Alcohol/DrugCounselor – CareerMusic Therapist
PsychiatristOccupational TherapistFinancial Advisor
PsychologistHealth EducatorCounselor – Guidance
Social Service ProfessionalYouth Corrections OfficerMedical Technologist

How do you get ready?

  • A bachelor’s degree in Biology will qualify one for work as a laboratory assistant, technician, technologist or research assistant in education, industry, government, museums, parks and gardens.
  • An undergraduate biology degree can also be used for nontechnical work in writing, illustration, sales, photography and legislation.
  • Master’s degrees in the sciences or psychology will allow for more opportunities. Some community colleges will hire master’s level teachers.
  • Doctoral degrees are necessary for advanced research and administrative positions, university teaching and independent research.
  • An advanced degree provides the opportunity to specialize in fields of interest.
  • The biological sciences are good preparation for a career in healthcare, such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, but professional degrees and licenses are also necessary to practice in these fields.
  • Obtain summer, part-time, volunteer, co-op, or internship experience to test the fields of interest and gain valuable experience. Take independent research classes if possible.
  • Participate in summer research institutes. Submit research to local poster competitions or research symposiums.
  • Develop strong analytical, computer, mathematics and communications skills.
  • Join professional associations and community organizations to stay abreast of current issues in the field and to develop networking contacts.
  • Maintain a high grade point average to improve chances of graduate and professional school admission.
  • Become familiar with the specific entrance exam for graduate or professional schools in your area of interest.
  • Secure strong relationships and personal recommendations from professors and/or employers.

Related Major Skills

Knowledge of human development & behaviorProblem Solving
Able to observe, analyze, & interpret InformationDecision making
Concern for and sensitivity to othersInterviewing techniques
Critical and inferential thinkingGood listener
Insight to deal effectively with peopleAble to promote healthy relationships
Ability to resolve or mediate conflictsUnderstanding of group dynamics
Operate scientific equipmentIndependent worker
Information handling & organizationCuriosity and creativity
Biology theory & practical knowledgeStatistical awareness
Oral & written communicationNumerical computation
Analytical & quantitative abilitiesInnovative talents
Problem solvingTechnical skills
Teamwork 

What about the future?

For specific job outlook information, refer to www.bls.gov/ooh

“Employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.”

“Overall employment of psychologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by occupation.”

Available at Albright College Career Development Center’s Resource Library

  • Careers for Caring People and Other Sensitive Types, by Adrian A. Paradis
  • Careers for Scholars and Other Deep Thinkers, by Blythe Camenson
  • Careers for Scientific Types and Others with Inquiring Minds, by Jan Goldberg
  • Great Jobs for Biology Majors, by Blythe Camenson
  • Great Jobs for Psychology Majors, by Julie DeGalan & Stephen Lambert
  • Opportunities in Biological Sciences Careers, by Charles A. Winter
  • Opportunities in Biotechnology Careers, by Sheldon S. Brown
  • Opportunities in Counseling & Development Careers, by Neale Baxter and Philip A. Perry
  • Opportunities in Environmental Careers, by Odom Fanning
  • Opportunities in Gerontology & Aging Services Careers, by Ellen Williams
  • Opportunities in Health & Medical Careers, by I. Donald Snook, & Leo D’Orazio
  • Opportunities in Mental Health Careers, by Philip A. Perry
  • Opportunities in Occupational Therapy Careers, by Zona R. Weeks
  • Opportunities in Physical Therapy Careers, by Bernice R. Krumhansl
  • Opportunities in Physician Careers, by Jan Sugar-Webb
  • Opportunities in Physician Assistant Careers, by Terence J. Sacks
  • Opportunities in Psychology Careers, by Charles M. Super and Donald E. Super
  • Opportunities in Research and Development Careers, by Jan Goldberg
  • Opportunities in Teaching Careers, by Janet Fine
  • Opportunities in Veterinary Medicine Careers, by Robert E. Swope

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