Career options for Psychology Majors

Careers for Psychology Majors

A psychology degree develops knowledge of human behavior as well as research, statistics, and writing skills. It can provide a foundation for many careers. Positions don't all require a doctorate and they don't all involve therapy – though a graduate degree is a requirement for some, and an asset for some others. Here is a look at ten top career paths for individuals with undergraduate degrees in psychology.

Psychotherapy or Counseling

A psychology degree can provide the foundation for a career in the growing fields of counseling and therapy. While private practice as a counselor or family therapist requires a graduate degree, individuals sometimes provide counseling services at human or social services organizations on the strength of a bachelor's degree. A bachelor’s in psychology or a related field can be an asset for achieving certifications in areas like substance abuse counseling or prevention. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors average $38, 520, mental health counselors and family therapists $41, 500.

Social or Community Service Management

Some prefer administration over direct service. Duties can include designing programs, analyzing data, and writing funding proposals. A graduate degree is helpful, but not always required. A person can get their start in the social services arena with far less. Social and community service managers average $59, 970, according to the BLS. This is another area where more than average growth is expected.

Genetics Counseling

Knowledge of genetics is exploding, and so is demand for professionals who can counsel couples, families, and individuals about their genes - and what it means to their future. A master's is usually required. Graduates apply knowledge of psychology, and also public health and biology. The BLS has reported a median salary of $56, 800.

Human Resources

Individuals may enter the human resources field with education at the baccalaureate level. Some human resources specialists are generalists while others take on specific roles like recruitment. Human relations specialists average $55, 800.

I/O Psychology

With further education, they can utilize their psychology background in industrial/organizational psychology. I/O psychologists use psychological methods to solve organizational issues which can include hiring and promotions. I/O psychology programs can be shorter than the typical psychology program, but they're highly competitive. The average wage is $83, 580. This is a small branch of psychology, but one that’s growing rapidly.

Training and Development

Some positions in training and development can be had with a bachelor's degree, but again a master's is an asset. A professional can draw on knowledge from a variety of disciplines, including organizational development, business administration, and psychology. The BLS reports an average of $55, 930 for training and development specialists, $95, 400 for training and development managers.

Real Estate

A baccalaureate degree is not necessarily required for a career as a real estate agent, but it can be an asset. The BLS lists a median wage of $41, 990 per year, but real estate is a field where earnings vary widely, based on commissions - people-savvy is a big asset.

It's Interesting

  • The American Indians into Psychology (AIIP) Program was founded in 1999 by John Malcolm Chaney, Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. AIIP supports the education of Native American students in psychology in a number of ways. It provides outreach and recruitment for mental health careers to American Indian communities nationwide...

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