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Building a Career in Understanding Human Behavior


The number of new ventures requiring people with skills to assess, predict and enhance human behavior continues to multiply.  From technology companies and NGOs focused on climate change, to  health care institutions and government agencies, understanding human behavior has become a critical and highly employable skill that draws from a wide range of STEM, Humanities and Social Science disciplines. A quick glance at LinkedIn’s job board yields over 7,000 jobs with a “behavioral science” description, many of which requiring advanced degree-level skills.

We have posted on this theme previously – see here – and revisit it this week in the first SmartJobs feed of 2020.  Notice the ample opportunities across many domains and job types, ranging from artificial intelligence to agriculture, civil rights, human resources and market research.

Let’s start this year by exploring PhD career options more broadly, and frequently.

If there are areas of work you would like us to explore in more depth, please contact at 

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Senior Research Director, Behavioral Science, Ipsos

Post-Doc Researcher, Economics, Microsoft

Chief Research Analyst, County of Los Angeles 

Civil Rights Analyst, US Department of Homeland Security

Global Partnership and Donor Relations, Precision Agriculture


Quantitative Researcher, HigherEd, Cengage

Customer Consultant Research Intelligence, Elsevier

Director, UX Research and Innovation, Brilliant 

FDA Health Communications Research Fellowship

Senior Specialist, Business Project Manager, At Motion!

For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page. Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.