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Human Behavior and Psychology: A New Era of Jobs


Working with human factors in decision-making research, user experience, design thinking, financial planning, patient recovery and therapy, and other applications increasingly require skills from a wide range of STEM, social science and humanities disciplines.  Indeed as technological change deepens, many more industries will be seek out the best minds to tackle human and psychological challenges.

To take just one example: demand for psychologists is expected to increase by 19% through 2024 according to Department of Labor figures, but in areas which may not be typical, such as art therapists, aviation psychologists, genetics counselors and traffic psychologists.  In a broader sense, a recent article by McKinsey explains the world of “Corporate Nudging” and its focus on improving customer and employee well-being, a theme which has already migrated to many US and international government agencies.  This trend is in the early stages and will accelerate with machine learning and the ability to harness and interpret larger data sets.

The upshot is that demand for higher-order skills dealing with human behavior–often with a PhD job requirement–exist in almost every industry on the planet.  Below are a few examples, together with a wider array of jobs located on this week’s SmartJobs page.  And for many jobs you don’t need to be a psychologist to apply.


Research Psychologist, US Department of Labor

Human Services Researcher, Mathematica

Director, UX Research and Innovation, Brilliant Experience

User Experience Researcher, State Farm Insurance

Research Manager, Center for Effective Philanthropy


Quantitative Research Scientists – Global TIES for Children

Neurorehabilitation Psychologist, Shepherd Center

Psychometrist, UCLA Health

Population Science and Cancer Control, UT Southwestern Medical

Sr Human Factors Engineer, Human Solutions (HSI)

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.