Psychology is a slowly emerging field, with related jobs growing each year. Companies are discovering new roles for people with Psychology related higher education degrees. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predict that in the next 5 years, Applied Psychology jobs will have increased by over 22,000 in USA, a substantial percentage of that in the Illinois region.

Job TitleAvg. Salary 20171
Advertising and Promotions Managers $100,810
Human Resources Managers $106,910
Human Resources Specialists (B) $59,180
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists (B) $82,760
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $107,320
Social and Human Service Assistants (B) $31,810
Social Scientists and Related Workers $77,020
Statistical Assistants $46,850
Survey Researchers $54,470
Training and Development Managers $105,830

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2017 

(B): Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations


Job Descriptions

Advertising and Promotions Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate advertising policies and programs or produce collateral materials, such as posters, contests, coupons, or give-aways, to create extra interest in the purchase of a product or service for a department, an entire organization, or on an account basis.
Typical Job Function:

  • Examine marketing materials to ensure compliance with policies or regulations. 
  • Develop promotional materials. 
  • Compile operational data. 
  • Conduct opinion surveys or needs assessments. 
  • Advise others on business or operational matters.

Human Resources Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.
Typical Job Function:

  • Negotiate labor disputes. 
  • Liaise between departments or other groups to improve function or communication. 
  • Administer compensation or benefits programs. 
  • Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities. 
  • Advise others on legal or regulatory compliance matters.

Human Resources Specialists

Perform activities in the human resource area. Includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers.
Typical Job Functions:

  • Maintain data in information systems or databases. 
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures. 
  • Administer personnel recruitment or hiring activities. 
  • Coordinate personnel recruitment activities. 
  • Evaluate personnel practices to ensure adherence to regulation

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.
Typical Job Functions:

  • Develop educational programs. 
  • Conduct scientific research of organizational behavior or processes. 
  • Mediate disputes. 
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations. 
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.
Typical Job Function:

  • Establish interpersonal business relationships to facilitate work activities. 
  • Present information to the public. 
  • Develop marketing plans or strategies. 
  • Evaluate employee performance. 
  • Supervise employees.

Social and Human Service Assistants

Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.
Typical Job Function:

  • Write reports or evaluations. 
  • Maintain social services program records. 
  • Present social services program information to the public. 
  • Refer clients to community or social service programs. 
  • Visit individuals in their homes to provide support or information.

Social Scientists and Related Workers: All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.

Statistical Assistants

Compile and compute data according to statistical formulas for use in statistical studies. May perform actuarial computations and compile charts and graphs for use by actuaries. Includes actuarial clerks.
Typical Job Function:

  • Analyze operational or research data. 
  • Check data for recording errors. 
  • Compile data or documentation. 
  • Enter information into databases or software programs. 
  • Interview employees, customers, or others to collect information.

Survey Researchers

Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.
Typical Job Function:

  • Plan social sciences research. 
  • Direct scientific activities. 
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists. 
  • Confer with clients to exchange information. 
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.

Training and Development Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the training and development activities and staff of an organization.

Typical Job Function:

  • Prepare operational budgets. 
  • Evaluate training programs, instructors, or materials. 
  • Evaluate employee performance. 
  • Evaluate program effectiveness. 
  • Conduct opinion surveys or needs assessments.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2017

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