A degree in psychology can open the door to a rewarding career. An undergraduate degree in psychology is a great foundation for a career in counseling and human services. New psychology graduates often find employment in entry level positions providing counseling and direct support to people with mental health and developmental disabilities. Career opportunities with an undergraduate degree in psychology can be limited in salary and can involve working with aggressive clients in psychiatric hospitals and detention centers. As you gain experience, there are opportunities to advance to more clinical positions.
A graduate degree in psychology provides a better opportunity for career advancement. A graduate degree in psychology can further prepare students for more leadership positions in the workplace. Supervisory positions often require a graduate degree in addition to work experience.
1. Case Manager- Case managers provide overall service coordination for clients in need. There are many job opportunities for case managers. They can work in mental health, developmental services, early intervention, and foster care. Case managers also work in hospitals and assist with discharge planning.
Estimated Salary: $40,000-$75,000
1. Professor- In most states a Master’s degree in Psychology is all that is required to teach at the community college level. However, a Doctorate degree is usually needed to teach at most four-year colleges and universities.
Graduate and Certification/Licensed Jobs
Licensed professional counselors (LPC) provide outpatient counseling and assessment in both public and private agencies. Licensed professional counselors can also start their own private practice.