Future of Behavioral Science

At this time, and in the upcoming years, prospects of jobs in the social service and non profit industries look great. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of social and human service organizations is expected to grow by nearly 23 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

According to a article in the New York Times, with the recent downward trend in the economy and corporate opportunities, the number of educated young people working in public service jobs had been rising ever so slightly since the turn of the millennium. In light of the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the nations economy, the good news is that public service is rising to meet the evergrowing needs of various populations. With increasing global communication, public perspective is also shifting towards humanitarian relief in the form of refugee and immigration assistance.  The movement and initiative towards non profit agencies to implement, strengthen and advance their organizations, coupled with the need of forward-looking, knowledgeable young professionals makes the behavioral science graduate a wonderful prospect for industry carreers that make a difference.  By obtaining a job in the non profit industry, behavioral science majors are able to exercise their understanding of individuals, groups and society.