Graduate Success

Studies show that companies want employees who have strong creative, critical thinking, analysis, communication, and writing skills. The LVC psychology major is structured around developing these skills in our students, with the success of this focus evident by the fact that 87% of our graduates obtain graduate school admission or jobs related to their degrees—a rate substantially higher than the nationwide1,2 rate of 27%. 

A psychology degree is applicable across a variety of real-world settings such as research labs (data analysts, lab technicians), health services (clinical psychologists, juvenile counselors, psychiatric social workers, or eldercare directors), business (marketing specialists, job analysts, organizational psychologists, and personnel managers), public service (forensic psychologists, health policy planners, lawyers, and affirmative action officers), education (school psychologists and guidance counselors), and communications (media directors, science writers, and public opinion survey coordinators).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, depending on their specialization, median annual wages for psychologists range from $59,000–$90,000, and job growth from 2014–2024 is expected to be up to 20% (compared to 7% for other occupations).

On graduation from LVC, psychology majors opting to enter the workforce have obtained positions, including forensic case managers, research scientists, psychiatric assistants, domestic violence advocates, admissions counselors, health record managers, residential counselors, education coordinators, medical assistants, and school administrators. Those desiring graduate training have recently obtained admission to programs at, among others, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Virginia Tech, University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins University, Widener University, Boston University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Loyola University, University of Minnesota, Nova Southeastern University, and Lehigh University.

1Abel, J.R. & Deitz, R. (2013, May 20).  Do big cities help college graduates find better jobs?
2U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2010 American Community Survey
Munyaradzi “Munya” Jakazi ’10

Providing Opportunity for Youth

The aspiration to help others is the foundation of LVC’s mission—and the basis for the career paths of many alumni, including Munyaradzi “Munya” Jakazi ’10, a program officer at World Learning in Washington, D.C., who oversees its Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for Undergraduate Students.

Helping Others Navigate Difficult Times

When Jennifer Arnold ’13 started at LVC, one of her first classes was General Psychology with Dr. Kerrie Smedley. Now the pair are working together at Smedley's Annville Psychological Services.

Lebanon Valley College psychology graduate is now working for PA State Police.

Fighting Crime Through Intelligence Analysis

Ann Marie Higgins ’11, plays a key role in combatting the heroin and opioid crisis as part of her intelligence analyst supervisor job with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Kyle Ward, a criminal justice alumni, speaks with his students

Dr. Kyle Ward '09 Pays It Forward As Criminal Justice Professor

Recognizing the impact faculty research had on him as a student, Dr. Kyle Ward now enjoys mentoring students as an assistant professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Shila Urich puts her LVC Psychology degree to excel and help the community

Shila Ulrich '05 Serves Community as Executive Director of the Caring Cupboard

As executive director of the Caring Cupboard, Shila Ulrich relies on her educational experience and other skills she learned at The Valley.