Psychologists traditionally study both normal and abnormal functioning, and also treat patients with mental and emotional problems. They also concentrate on behaviors that affect the mental and emotional health and mental functioning of healthy human beings. For example, they work with business executives, performers, and athletes to reduce stress and improve performance. They advise lawyers on jury selection and collaborate with educators on school reform. Psychologists are Involved in all aspects of our fast-paced world.
Psychology majors are especially well-equipped to move into a wide range of careers after graduation. Because students in our program have acquired in-depth knowledge about why people think, feel, and behave as they do, the skills and knowledge they acquire are applicable to any vocation and are highly valued by employers.
Training for the Real World
When Catherine Dominick ’16 started working as a personal trainer at the Equinox Sports Club in Boston, she paid close attention to how veteran trainers communicated with their clients. “I could see how they used motivational interview tactics, read body language, and practiced behavior modification, and I realized ‘Oh yeah, this is psychology.’”
That was Dominick’s major at UVM. While she lacked the academic background in kinesiology and biomechanics that some of her colleagues came into the industry with, she discovered her psychology degree and her broad liberal arts training was a powerful tool in becoming a successful trainer.
“When you ask very broad, open-ended questions and listen to the verbal and non-verbal cues of your clients, you can put together a strategy to meet their goals. When it comes to developing relationships, it’s all about psychology.”