Quantitative Psychology

Students with an interest in measuring mental and behavioral phenomena and analyzing data from those measurements will find plenty of excellent career opportunities in Quantitative Psychology. While many quantitative psychologists have a doctorate, the shortage of persons with data analysis skills means there are a number of jobs for individuals with a Master's or Bachelor's degree in industry, government agencies, medical centers, or universities. The work is varied and challenging, and usually involves providing advice on the design of research projects, collecting and analyzing data, and assisting in preparing research reports.

Quantitative psychologists have strong training in mathematics, statistics, and computer applications, but also have a strong understanding of psychological science. Thus, undergraduates who want to pursue a career in quantitative psychology should not only take courses in statistics, measurement, advanced mathematics, and computer programming, but also psychological theory (e.g., Cognition, Theories of Personality). For more information, see the American Psychological Association's page, Pursuing a Career in Quantitative Psychology.

The most successful statistical consultants have skill in working with people, numbers, and computers-and in that order. Undergraduates who want to pursue a career as a statistical consultant should take courses in counseling, personality theory, statistics, tests and measurement, calculus, and computer programming.


Recommended Courses:

PSY 2402 Statistics
PSY 2403 Psychology Testing and Measurement
PSY 4400 Advanced Statistics I
PSY 4327 Theories of Personality
MTH 1321 Calculus I
MTH 1322 Calculus II
MTH 2321 Calculus III
STA 4385 Mathematical Statistics I
STA 4386 Mathematical Statistics II
CSI 1330 Introduction to Computer Science I
CSI 1340 Introduction to Computer Science II