People with a background in psychology have a wide array of career opportunities available to them. They not only have the option of opening their own private practice as a psychologist or psychiatrist with the right credentials, but they can work in human resources, marketing and many other careers where their knowledge of people and how they work and interact with each other is helpful to getting their job done.
Houstonian Denver Greene uses his psychology degree from Rice University in his work as a digital media specialist for the OpenStax College project, an organization dedicated to making textbooks and other educational materials more affordable through digital options such as e-books. By knowing how people think and feel and what they want, Greene was able to contribute to the growth and success of the project, a collaboration between Rice University and many educational foundations.
What degree program did you study?
“I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Rice University in Houston.”
What does your current job entail?
“Currently I focus on customer relations management, go to conferences to promote materials and also do some programming.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role? Why or why not?
“My current job could probably be done by anyone with a college degree in a relevant field. I feel adequately prepared for my role. My undergraduate courses were varied.”
Have you participated in any form of continuing education?
“As an employee of Rice University, I am allowed to take classes each semester, which I do from time to time. Currently, I am studying for the GRE so that I can go to grad school for some form of psychology.”
What advice do you have for others who might be interested in pursuing a similar career?
“The best general advice I have for others is to network. If you get to know people who are in the know about what you are interested in, you will have a better shot at finding something that really interests you. Most, or at least many, people get their jobs through someone they already know.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.