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Careers in Psychology

With a degree in psychology, you're prepared to work in many different areas of the profession. You'll put your critical thinking skills and experience to good use as counseling, clinical, school, organizational, experimental psychologist and more. Take a look at a few positions you're preparing for after graduation.

Become a counseling psychologist

Counseling psychologists work with many different types of people; individuals of all ages, families and organizations. They provide personal, group and educational guidance to their clients on how to recognize their inner strengths to cope with their problems.

Counseling psychologists have jobs at group counseling practices, private practices, special population programs and universities. To practice as a counseling psychologist, you need a masters degree and a state license.

Vocational Chemical Dependency
Child Development Sport
Relationships Adult Development
Adolescent Development Health
Mental Illness Anxiety Disorder
Aggression/Anger Control  

Become a clinical psychologist

Clinical psychologists are usually involved with the study, diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Some clinical psychologists practice only with specific disorders while some focus on certain populations.

As a clinical psychologist, you can teach at a university or work in a hospital, clinic or private practice. To practice as a clinical psychologist, you need a master's or doctorate degree, and in some cases a state license.

Eating Disorders Out-Patient
Pediatric Neuro Psychologist
Forensic Rehabilitation
Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder  

Become a school psychologist

As a school psychologist, you work directly with public and private schools to study the way children and adults learn. You also evaluate the influence educational strategies and tactics have on learners. Your schedule may include observing and counseling students, holding conferences with parents and school staff, and initiating intervention sessions.

To practice as a school psychologist, you have to have public school teaching experience, a master's degree and a school psychologist certification.

High School Junior College
College/University Educator

Become an organizational psychologist

These psychologists help businesses strengthen their core team and work out how to inspire their star players. Business psychologists focus on things such as individual talent, entrepreneurial flair and leadership potential.

Industrial Psychologist Stastitician
Labor Relations Human Resource Generalist
Advertising/Public Relations Sales

Become an experimental psychologist

Experimental psychologists study how the human mind works through the measurement of behavior. They can work with humans or animals and often do basic research to lay the groundwork that's applied to other areas of psychology. Different areas of experimental psychology include the study of social behavior, cognition, perception, development, neuroscience and decision-making.

Human Resources Animals
Science Workplace

Other ways to use your degree

Students with a bachelor's degree in psychology are employed in many different positions. Your degree represents a well-rounded liberal arts education that lets you thrive in areas such as human resources, social services, mental health services, medical and religious organizations and all branches of government.

Case Management Child Care
Administration Advocacy
Programming Geriatric Care
Mental Health Hospice
Community Relations Victim Assistance
Corrections Nonproft
Probation & Parole