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Key Career Opportunities in Growing Fields


How Adler University’s Online degrees prepare you for a variety of socially responsible careers

By Michelle Dennis, Ph.D., Interim Executive Dean, Online Campus

It’s no secret that a graduate education is an excellent opportunity to enhance your career, whether you’re looking to break into a new field, or grow in your current one. However, you want to be sure that your degree can provide a return on your investment. Adler University’s Online degrees can help prepare you to successfully step into a wide variety of roles, such as:

Role: Research Psychologist

Many of our graduates go on to successful careers in research. A Research Psychologist position, at the Central Intelligence Agency, for example, is one such role.

A role like this, advertised by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, highlights the benefits of a doctoral degree in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. This role involves consulting and evaluating the needs of clients. Successful applicants will utilize their assessment experience to design, conduct, and report survey data. In this role data is used to address real world organizational problems,” says Donna DiMatteo-Gibson, Ph.D., Program Director for the Online Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

How Adler Prepares Students
Adler University graduates will be well-positioned to meet the core requirements to be a research psychologist Our Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program focuses on graduating forward-thinking organizational experts who are prepared to draw on scientific research to understand organizational issues and improve organizational effectiveness and performance. The coursework centers on theoretical principles and builds skills in consulting assessment, research, and statistics that are critical to the effective practice of a research psychologist.


Role: Leadership and Coaching Business Developer

In this role, professionals work alongside business leaders to design coaching and talent-development initiatives at some of the world’s largest organizations. According to Marianne Cabrera, Ph.D., Program Director for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership program, a role like this highlights the ways that a degree in Organizational Leadership can be incredibly useful in helping organizations and their leaders become more effective. A candidate with an Organizational Leadership degree can ask the question “What is the problem here?” and then proceed to devise and execute an effective answer.

How Adler Prepares Students
This outward-facing role requires someone who has knowledge and a deep understanding of what it takes to develop effective and influential leaders, what is needed to support leaders in their work, and how to create and execute coaching initiatives that propel organizations forward and upward. Our M.A. in Organizational Leadership program prepares students to take on this kind of role by providing them with the theories, models, and evidence-based practices to succeed, along with direct relevance to situations and responsibilities outside of the classroom.

In particular, this degree gives graduates a leg up by providing them with a solid foundation in coaching principles and practices, leadership theories, assessment tools, team building skills, and the ability to be both a critical thinker and doer. Adler students are uniquely positioned to understand the needs of the organization and develop programs and initiatives that address the issues at hand.


Role: Field Examiner

Field Examiners with the Department of Veterans Affairs advocate for veterans who may require assistance due to legal, mental, or physical disability. The Field Examiner ensures that beneficiaries receive all the benefits to which they are entitled and takes necessary actions to protect their assets.

How Adler Prepares Students
The field of Military Psychology offers many opportunities for students with a passion for social justice. Graduates are equipped to work with the distinct needs and trauma experienced by military personnel, including veterans. This position presents an excellent opportunity for a graduate of our program, as it epitomizes the role of a social justice advocate.


Role: City Clerk

As a leadership position within a municipal organizational structure, city clerks are responsible for establishing processes related to the approval of municipal policy by the local legislative body. Additionally, city clerks manage a city clerk office, inclusive of staff and budgets, requiring one to be familiar with public sector human resource practices as well as public sector finance. It also has a significant public-facing component, requiring staff to interact with and inform internal and external stakeholders of municipal policy outcomes.

How Adler Prepares Students
According to Program Director,  Adrienne Holloway, Ph.D., city clerk positions are quite common across several types of municipalities, both large and small. Adler University’s Public Administration program facilitates skill development in the core foundations of public administration, public finance, and public personnel management. As a result, graduates of our Online MPA program are well-positioned to meet the skill requirements and knowledge areas that this role comprises.

Want to Learn More?

Adler University offers a variety of graduate degrees in psychology, counseling, public service, and leadership. To learn more about how you can become a socially responsible practitioner and start your career in research, contact our Admissions team today!