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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 Professor Assistant Psychologist Behavioral Therapist
Clinical Care Coordinator Clinical Data Reviewer Clinical Neuropsychologist
Clinical Psychologist Clinical Research Associate Family Physician
Medical Research Specialist Neuropsychologist Occupational Therapist
Pharmaceutical Sales Rep. Physical Therapist Psychiatric Assistant
Psychiatrist Psychologist Quality Control Analyst
Research Coordinator Research Scientist Therapeutic Counselor

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

Agronomist Environmental Engineer Marine Engineering Tech
Animal Scientist Environmental Health Marine Fisheries/Worker
Aquaculture Farmer Environmental Protection Marine Geologist
Aqua culturist Ergonomist Marine Sales
Aquarium & Museum Fish Hatchery Tech Marine Tourist Worker
Aquarium Technician Fisheries Conservation Market Research Analyst
Aquatic Biologist Florist Medical Illustrator
Barrier Beach Mgr Food Scientist-Tech Medical Laboratory Tech
Bio-Engineer Forester Medical Librarian
Bio-Technologist Genetic Eng. Research Medical Technologist
Biochemist Geographer Meteorologist
Biometrician Health Officer Microbiologist
Boat Builder & Repair Horticulturist Molecular Biologist
Botanist Hospital Administrator Mortician
Chem. Oceanographer Hydrographic Surveyor Museum/Aquarium Admin.
Chiropractor Industrial Hygienist Mycologist
Coastal Resources Mgr. Industrial Marine Econ. Naval Architect
Commercial Fish. Eng. Limnological Technician Net Designer
Coroner Marine-Coastal Consult Neurobiologist
Dentist Marine Bacteriologist Oceanographer
Dietitian & Nutritionist Marine Biologist Paramedic
Ecologist Marine Ecologist Parasitologist
Pharmacy Technician Physical Therapist Pharmaceutical Sales
Science Lab Tech. Public Health Worker Physician
Zoologist Science Teacher Salt Marsh Manager
Wildlife Resources Mgr. State Parks & Recreation Science Writer
Technical Writer Test-Inspection Tech. Soil Conservationist
Underwater Technician Veterinarian Systems Analyst
Geophysicist/Physicist Wildlife Biologist Toxicologist
Water Quality Technician Film Maker Science Illustrator

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

Activity Leader Crisis Intervention Counselor International Student Advisor
Admissions Counselor Customer Service Rep. Job Developer
Advertising Assistant Customs/Immigration Officer Junior Market Analyst
Employment Agency Counselor Labor Relations Specialist Community and Social Service Worker
Market Research Analyst Case Worker Marketing/Sales Manager
Community Relations Rep. Hospice Coordinator Market Research Analyst
Human Resources Mental Health Coordinator Correctional Caseworker
Personnel Interviewer Recreation Specialist Probation Officer
Teacher Sales Representative Professional Employment Recruiter
Crisis Intervention Counselor Art Therapist Counselor – School
Child Psychologist Counselor – Vocational College Student Affairs
Counselor – Alcohol/Drug Counselor – Career Music Therapist
Psychiatrist Occupational Therapist Financial Advisor
Psychologist Health Educator Counselor – Guidance
Social Service Professional Youth Corrections Officer Medical 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 & behavior Problem Solving
Able to observe, analyze, & interpret Information Decision making
Concern for and sensitivity to others Interviewing techniques
Critical and inferential thinking Good listener
Insight to deal effectively with people Able to promote healthy relationships
Ability to resolve or mediate conflicts Understanding of group dynamics
Operate scientific equipment Independent worker
Information handling & organization Curiosity and creativity
Biology theory & practical knowledge Statistical awareness
Oral & written communication Numerical computation
Analytical & quantitative abilities Innovative talents
Problem solving Technical 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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