What kind of careers involve both psychology and computer science?
I'm a high school student that has a variety of interests such as the medical field, psychology, computer science, and digital design. #careers #psychology #computer-science #medicine
I love psychology so much and I knew that no matter what I did in life, I wanted that to be part of my work. When I was in college, I didn't realize that psychology is also a really big part of technology and design. If you have a knack for empathizing with others, are interested in technology, enjoy problem solving, and collaborating, I would recommend looking into the field of User Experience.
"The Design of Everyday Things" is a great book by cognitive scientist Don Norman. It dives into the design of everyday things (e.g., doors, keyboards, faucets) through the lens of psychology. I would highly recommend it :)
Best of luck!
Neuroscience major here that didn't go into neuroscience. If you like psychology and computer science, it sounds like you'd be an amazing fit for a career in marketing like Marketing Science & Experience Analysts.
I took an internship in Marketing Science & Experiencing Analytics, but previously I had never learned about this career. I also was looking for a career that combined psychology and computer science so below I'm giving a mini job description and 3 things I wish I would have known before doing the internship.
Marketing Science & Experience Analytics (MS/EA):
We are phasing out of the era of Big Data. Big Data was when companies started to learn that they can track their consumers online and gather mass information about their habits. They built all these systems to house the data, but now the question is.. what do we do with all this data? Enter MS/EA, in this job you use computer science to sort through large data systems. Think using SQL or Python and writing code that extracts specifying information based on a set of rules.. for example asking the computer to show you the age of everyone who buys coffee from 12-1pm. Needing to know computer science to sort through big data is Part A, but once you sort through this data.. what is it saying? This is where psychology comes in and you are then asked to look at all these patterns and form an informed analysis of why humans are acting the way they act.
3 things I wish I knew
(1) Knowing computer science is a must- If you're not going to get a degree in it, then self-learning is very possible. But, it takes a lot of hours and a lot of determination to learn to code while also having a job and also trying to have a social life. It's possible, but at this point, I realized that I did not have the passion inside of me to dedicate long hours.
(2) A degree in psychology/neuroscience is not a must-have- Yes, you'll be better off than someone who doesn't and you'll even be a more impressive candidate. But, it's not a must-have. I however love my neuroscience background and I do believe it gives you a slight edge when analyzing data
(3) Data is King: Data analysis is what's hot, and it's going to stay important for a long time. We need more people with computer science skills. Sure, it's cool to be the one who analysis the data psychologically, but everyone will need to learn simple coding, excel analysis, and how to read patterns in data. This is already starting to become the standard and the better you can get at this, the better you'll be at this job, and any job.
To finish, it was a great internship and it was my first taste of marketing. I suggest looking into it ( :
Having said that, I would recommend you further explore the industries that you are really interested in and shortlist to 1-2 industries. You can find more information online, speak to someone who works in the industry, seek part time / intern opportunities or discuss with the career counsellor in school, etc.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!