Top 5 Behavioral Science Jobs

Top 5 Behavioral Science Jobs

Making the decision to go back to school and finish your degree can be tough, but it helps to know that there are jobs waiting for you after you graduate.  There are thousands of jobs available in a variety of fields for college graduates with a degree in behavioral science.  Whether you aspire to work closely with members of your local community to assist low-income families, or work with large corporations on conducting research to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace, our program can help you achieve your goals.

Below are five of the many fast-growing careers in the field of behavioral science.  When you’re ready to take the next step towards earning your degree and landing that dream job, we’ll be here to help.  Call us today at 877-922-CITE to learn more about this life-changing opportunity, and visit our program site.

Market Researcher

Market researchers help companies understand the emotional reasons that customers use to justify their choices. Although price is a major factor when consumers make buying decisions, we now realize that many other elements contribute to those decisions. They translate customer wants and needs into stories that customers tell themselves and each other that make certain brands more desirable than others.

Market researchers earned a median salary of $62,560 in 2016, according to the BLS, with employment of market research analysts projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026.  Employment growth will be driven by an increased use of data and market research across all industries.

Health Services Manager

Health service managers plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health administrative tasks for a medical facility.  They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians.  Medical and health services managers must direct changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.  A bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences can qualify students to enter the field, although a master’s degree may be needed for executive-level positions.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 1/3 of medical and health service managers worked in hospitals in 2016, with the remainder employed by ambulatory health care services, offices of physicians and nursing/residential home facilities. As of May 2016, medical and health service managers earned a median annual wage of $96,540.  The BLS projects a 20% increase in job opportunities in the field from 2016 to 2026.

Social & Community Service Manager

Social and community service managers identify needs for the public, and create and oversee those programs. They may work for the government, non-profit organizations or private social service companies. Some social service manager may work with a specific demographic group, such the elderly, youth or veterans, while others work with groups that have a specific need, such as joblessness. A bachelor’s degree and some experience is typically needed to secure an entry-level career in this field, however, a graduate degree may be needed for advancement.

According to the BLS, social and community service managers earned a median annual wage of $64,680 in May 2016.  From 2016 to 2026, an 18% increase in job opportunities is expected for social and community service managers.

Social Worker

Traditionally, many behavioral scientists take on careers in social work, so they can use their skills to help clients or communities improve their living situations. With so many local agencies overwhelmed with cases of child abuse or domestic violence, many organizations have shifted resources to large-scale research and prevention efforts.  By eliminating some of the deep causes of poverty and violence in communities, behavioral scientists can initiate long-term improvements for entire populations.  Social workers work in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, settlement houses, community development corporations, and private practices.

According to the BLS, entry-level positions in social work earned a median salary of $46,890 per year.  As of May 2016, there are almost 700,000 jobs in the field of social work, with a projected increase of 16% in the next 10 years.  Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for healthcare and social services.

Human Resource Specialist

Human resource specialists, such as those who work for employment services companies, are responsible for recruiting, screening and hiring new employees. They may also conduct orientation or training, as well as oversee the paperwork and records associated with benefits and payroll. Areas of specialization can include labor relations and personnel recruitment.  A bachelor’s degree, along with decision-making and interpersonal skills, is typically required to obtain a position as a human resource specialist.

In May 2016, the BLS reported a median annual wage of $59,180 for those employed as human resource specialists. According to the BLS, a 7% increase in employment is expected from 2016 to 2026.

If you’re ready to take the next step towards earning your degree and landing that dream job, call us today at 877-922-CITE and visit our program site.


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