Careers in Psychology
What can I do with a Psychology degree?
I. Employment fields with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
II. Fields related to psychology (undergraduate/graduate).
III. Degrees acquired within psychology.
IV. How to search & apply for graduate school.
V. Undergraduate Research Programs.
I. Employment fields with a bachelor's degree in psychology:
A undergraduate degree in psychology offers students particular skills which make them excellent candidates for a wide variety of careers with common characteristics. This degree provides tools which can serve them well and prepare them for a myriad of entry-level jobs within the workforce.
Social Services Jobs
Several governmental as well as private non-profit organizations employ candidates with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Working in this field requires the ability to care and empathize with clients. These jobs involve helping families, assisting neglected children, working with the elderly and the disabled to gain access to psychological counseling, healthcare and other necessary resources. In the social service sector, job designations for which psychology undergraduates qualify include social work assistants, social-urban planners, group home attendants, case workers and day care center supervisors.
Probation and Parole Officer
Undergraduate courses in psychology equip students with an understanding of the psychology of crime. This makes them apt candidates for jobs such as probation and parole officers in halfway houses run by local or state governments for the rehabilitation of former prisoners. These officers supervise the behavior of their wards, and prepare regular reports as directed by the courts. Halfway houses that cater to the social reintegration of people with a history of alcohol and substance abuse also hire candidates with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
A bachelor's degree in psychology enables you to counsel, teach life skills and manage applied therapy sessions for patients under the supervision of a licensed social worker or psychologist. These jobs are generally listed under designations such as mental health technician and psychiatric technician. Psychology undergraduates with an interest in helping people chart their career are eligible to work as career counselors. They groom candidates and help them with job search and placements.
Their understanding of interpersonal relationships combined with knowledge of communication techniques makes students with psychology undergraduate degrees a good choice as administrators and managers dealing with human resource management. Psychology coursework includes a study of how people think and learn, form opinions, interact with others, and are influenced by their environment. This knowledge is handy for personnel administrator positions in business organizations, schools and hospitals. In this position, candidates also work at interviewing, recruiting, training and where necessary, terminating employees.
Marketing and Public Relations
Studying psychology imparts a deep understanding of human nature, motivation and behavior. This when combined with good communication skills makes psychology bachelor degree holders an attractive prospect for organizations looking to hire marketing staff and public relations specialists. Marketing jobs involve planning strategies to sell a product or service whereas public relations jobs involve interacting with clients, investors, media and customers to promote the company's image. Governmental agencies also hire candidates with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology to work as a community relations officer to liaise between them and the local community.
Commonly obtained jobs:
Business Area (minor in business is helpful): *Administrative assistant *Advertising agent *Custom relations *Employee and or Employment counselor *Marketing representative *Marketing researcher *Occupational analyst *Public relations *Managerial position *Staff training and development *Insurance agent
Mental Health/ Social services: *Case Worker *Child protection worker *Corrections officer *Mental health technician *Drug/substance abuse counselor *Family service worker *Program manager *Rehabilitation advisor *Social service director *Behavior analyst *Director of volunteer services *Other positions available: *Affirmative action officer *Child care worker *College admissions counselor *College admissions recruiter *Community recreation worker *Director of alumni relations (college) *Director of fundraising (college) *Urban Planning officer *Congressional aide *Hospital patient service representative *Newspaper reporter *Park and recreation director *Statistical analysis *Technical writer
Other Miscellaneous Positions: *Case Management *Medical Social Workers *School Social Workers *Clinical Social Workers *Administration and Management *Community Organization *Substance Misuse and Addictions *Politics *Research *Policy & Planning *Clergy *Counselors *Psychologists *Probation Officers *Social Policy and Research *Correctional Treatment Specialist *Child Welfare *Health Care *Employment/Occupational Social Work *Aging/Gerontology *Family Foster Care *Adoption Agency *Refugee Relief Agency *International Aid Organizations
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II. Psychology careers across all degree levels, organized by field
For more about the psychology related career of interest listed below, simply click the field and follow the referenced link (www.psychologycareercenter.org).
III. Psychology careers organized by degrees.
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IV. Resources on how to search and apply for graduate school in psychology:
V. Available Undergraduate Research Programs and Fellowships (Open to all applicants)
- Boston University http://www.bu.edu/urop/surf-program/about/
- The APA Science Directorate is pleased to announce a partnership with the George Mason University Department of Psychology to host the Summer Science Fellowship program (SSF)
Children's Defense Fund internship program
Columbia University/Barnard College Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) internship program
- University of Maryland, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, summer research initiative
- University of Minnesota, Center for Cognitive Sciences.
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, summer internship program.
- NorthwesternUniversity, The Family Institute, summer research internship for advanced undergraduates, clinical research and intervention.
- Pace University, Counseling Center summer internship.
US Department of Education internships.
- The University of South Florida is offering a Summer Research Institute for undergraduates.
- The Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia invites applications for a summer internship program for undergraduate students.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, Psychology Research Experience Program.
CHIBPS - Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at NYU. Summer internships to contribute to research exploring risk and resiliences among adolescents.
- Wediko Children's Services paid summer internships.
* Visit the Council on undergraduate research: