Career Opportunities

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

A psychology degree has broad applications and can open the door to a variety of rewarding career options.

This versatile degree builds critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills, and prepares students for entry-level psychology jobs or to pursue graduate study or attend a professional school.

Graduate/professional school opportunities include:

  • clinical psychology
  • school psychology
  • industrial organizational psychology
  • general/experimental psychology
  • counseling
  • law
  • medicine

Job opportunities include:

  • Social services
  • psychiatric assistants
  • youth counselors
  • health educators
  • group home counselors
  • child care providers
  • Public service
  • campaign managers
  • newspaper reporters
  • community recreation mangers
  • Government
  • probation and parole officers
  • parks and recreation specialists
  • community relations managers
  • urban planners
  • customs inspectors
  • Education           
  • admissions counselors
  • career advisors
  • financial aid counselors
  • research assistants
  • student affairs specialists
  • Business
  • human resource specialists
  • marketing professionals
  • hotel managers
  • quality control officers
  • technical writers

Recent graduates are employed by:

  • Employee Benefits Specialist in the Human Resources Department 
  • Inspector, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Louisville, KY
  • Home Resources Coordinator for therapeutic foster care agency, Lexington, KY
  • Graduate Programs (Master's or Doctoral) at Marquette University, Kent State University, University of Alabama, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Spalding University, EKU, Ohio University, and Tennessee State University
  • Mental Health Associates (Bachelor's Degree Level)
  • Licensed Psychological Associates (Master's Degree Level)
  • Case Managers
  • Program Directors at Community Mental Health Centers and other behavioral healthcare providers across Kentucky

Master’s Degree in Psychology — Applied Behavior Analysis

To become licensed as a behavior analyst in the state of Kentucky (and in most other states), an individual must be certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the leading international credentialing agency for behavior analysts accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Certification by the BACB requires completion of content-specific, approved coursework; a graduate degree in a relevant discipline; supervised experience; and a passing score on a professional examination developed by the BACB.

EKU’s 100% online master’s degree in applied behavior analysis provides the quality curriculum and training required to meet the high coursework standards set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). 

Graduates who have completed supervised experience requirements are qualified to sit for the BCBA exam and, upon passing, are eligible to pursue independent practice and insurance reimbursement for services provided. Licensed behavior analysts work in schools, residential, or community-based settings and with different populations including, children, adults and seniors.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics* employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counseling services. In addition, states are increasingly seeking treatment and counseling services for drug offenders as a cost effective alternative to incarceration and as a method to reduce recidivism.

Job opportunities include:

  • Behavior analyst
  • Board certified behavior analyst (BCBA)
  • Senior therapist
  • Parent educator
  • Behavior consultant
  • Educational consultant
  • Organizational consultant
  • Behavior specialist
  • Behavior coach
  • ABA therapist

Top employers include:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers
  • Residential mental health and substance abuse centers
  • Private individual and family service practices
  • Prisons
  • Probation agencies
  • Parole agencies
  • Juvenile detention facilities

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.

Master’s Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Our program prepares high-quality professionals with a strong academic foundation—including theories, methods, and research findings of basic and applied psychology—and the skills to effectively apply this knowledge in private and public sector organizations.

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of areas, including: human resource management, consulting, data analysis, employee recruitment and selection, testing and development, training and development, performance appraisal and development, organizational development, change management, job design and evaluation, compensation and benefits, among others.

Job opportunities include:

  • Assessment and development specialist
  • Assessment and development coordinator
  • Corporate HR analyst
  • Director of HR
  • Compensation and benefits director
  • Employment specialist
  • Director of training
  • Health and safety manager
  • HR specialist
  • HR generalist
  • Employee development specialist
  • Organizational development specialist

Recent graduates are employed by:

  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College
  • Brown-Forman
  • Catholic Health Initiatives
  • KellyOCG
  • KentuckyOne Health
  • Mansfield Oil Company
  • Mercer
  • Olympic Steel
  • Select International
  • Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing
  • University of Kansas
  • U.S. Department of State

For more news about our current students and alumni, please check our newsletter.