Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Psychology BS

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology combines a strong background in Psychology with substantial training in a technical/professional field. This unique mix prepares students to be good problem solvers with strong people skills - ready to enter the careers of the 21st century.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 150 students enrolled in the undergraduate program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are required to complete one co-op work assignment, ideally during the summer of their 2nd or 3rd years.

Salary Information

Co-op:   $11.32                     $9.00 - $33.00
*BS:         $33,681                $31,114 - $38,664
*Statistics from the Nat’l Assn. of Colleges & Employers (NACE) for Fall 2016 graduates

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • The sequential courses of Scientific Writing, Statistics, and Experimental Psychology foster analytical skills and encourage critical thinking.  Psychology students are skilled in collecting, analyzing and interpreting data, and have experience in statistics and experimental design.  The breadth component of the curriculum covers the main content areas that typically define the psychology discipline.
  • Psychology students possess strong people skills, with good research and writing skills.  They are good problem solvers and have a well-developed high level thinking ability when it comes to analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information.
  • Students choose two of the following interdisciplinary tracks: biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, or visual perception.

Nature of Work

Many graduates from the Psychology program go into Human Resources and non-governmental organizations. Human Resource Specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle tasks related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training. Social Service Managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage staff who provide social services to thepublic. Drug/Substance Abuse Counselors andBehavioral Disorder Counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors. Caseworkers help clients cope with a variety of problems they may face, from financial trouble to terminal diseases.

Training / Qualifications

Work experience often is needed for someone to become a Social Service Manager, and is essential for those wishing to enter the occupation with a bachelor’s degree. The licensure or certification criteria for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors outside of private practice vary from state to state. For example, many states require applicants to pass an exam.

Job Outlook

Employment of human resources specialists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Job Titles

Job titles include Case Worker, Drug/Substance Abuse Counselor, Behavioral Disorder Counselors, Social Service Manager, Child Protection Worker, and Counselor Aide.


Social and Community Service Managers work for nonprofit organizations, private for-profit social service companies, and government agencies. Many Human Resource Specialists workfor employment services, which includes employment placement agencies, temporary help services, and professional employer organizations.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Hewlett-Packard, Compeer, RIT, Boystown Research Hospital, Kodak (Human Factors Lab), Auragen Communications, Stepping Stones Learning Center, Aspen Camp School For the Deaf, Hospital in Boston affiliated with Harvard Medical School, NIH, US Census Bureau, Strong Memorial Hospital, Greater Rochester Orthopedics, Glasgow Caledonian University (UK), University of Texas at Austin, Rochester Police Department, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Rochester Psychiatric Center, Institute for Anthropology (Austria), US Dept. of Labor, Dr. Peter B. Sorman (Neuropsychologist)

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Psychology program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603