Careers with Psychology degree

Interested in mental health? Consider becoming a mental health psychologist. Passionate about working with young people? Consider becoming an educational psychologist or a pediatric social worker. Want to help support criminal justice and rehabilitation? Consider becoming a parole officer. The choices are vast.

Fortunately many of these roles will be available to you from the outset of graduate life, with only some of the more highly specialized roles requiring further study. Of the psychology careers which don’t require further study, training is usually available on the job to ensure you continue moving forward in your career.

Typical psychology careers

Chartered psychologist‘What can you do with a psychology degree?’ is not a question with just one answer. With a psychology degree, you’re well placed to pursue a career in both arts and scientific fields, depending on your personal interests. Further study is an option, and is required if you’d like to become a fully-fledged chartered psychologist. For this you’ll need at least a master’s degree, as well as further training specific to your specialization.

But, for a large number of psychology careers, further study isn’t a prerequisite. Those who don’t go on to study psychology at postgraduate level have many options within public and private healthcare, education, mental health support, social work, therapy and counseling. These roles may be advisory, research-led, treatment-led or therapeutic.

There are also a number of less typical roles for psychology graduates, including jobs in media and other creative industries. Overviews of these typical and not-so-typical careers with a psychology degree are outlined below.

Psychology careers in healthcare and therapy

With further study and training you will be able to gain qualification as a chartered psychologist. Within this highly specialized role, you will work with people of all backgrounds, both patients and clients. You’ll analyze behaviors, thoughts and emotions in order to better understand and advise on certain actions and/or psychological issues. As a chartered psychologist, you may choose to specialize in a number of areas, including occupational psychology, educational psychology, sport and mental health.

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