Careers in Psychology

Psychology is a versatile path, providing you flexibility in your studies and the opportunity to explore careers in many areas, including the helping professions, business, human services, and the health care industry.

Entry-Level Positions

Most college graduates who earn an associate degree in psychology will go on to advance their studies in this field, but some will enter the workforce after graduation, pursuing careers such as:

  • Family Advocate
  • Psychiatric Aide
  • Recreation Worker
  • Research Associate
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Youth Counselor

With your associate degree, you’ll be prepared to seek job opportunities in a human services position as a human resources assistant, physical therapy assistant, or teaching assistant, among others. Entry-level professionals are also able to find work as group home supervisors and group home care providers. These occupations involve working with developmentally disabled children and adults, as well as those in need of mental health services.

Career Opportunities

Continuing your studies in psychology at the four-year or graduate level will prepare you for a wide range of professional career options in this field. For job seekers who hold a four-year degree in psychology, opportunities exist in areas such as health care, business, education, sales, or public affairs; these opportunities are ideal for those who are skilled in research, writing, and problem-solving.

The majority of graduates at the bachelor’s level typically go on to work in human or social services, and they are also prepared to pursue some of the following professions:

  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Market Researcher
  • Social Service Specialist
  • Psychology Teacher (secondary schools)
  • Victim Advocate

Graduate education at the master's and doctoral level produces professionals who work in an array of settings. These settings include health care, education, government, amateur and professional sports, public opinion polling, and many others.

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Careers in Psychology

An education in psychology is applicable to many career fields, including health care, business and human services, among others.

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