Career Opportunities with a Major in Psychology
Erin is a School Psychologist in the Hempfield School District. As one of seven psychologists in the school district, her main role is to consult with teachers, parents, and fellow counselors on how to best meet the needs of the students in the district.
Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations.
A career in psychology offers many rewards including the opportunity to assist people with personal, family, social, educational, mental health, and career decisions. Psychology provides a solid background for entering fields as diverse as personnel management, addictions counseling, elementary and secondary school teaching, and criminal justice. Most of MSU Denver's Psychology majors plan careers in counseling. Psychology serves as a springboard for many psychology graduate programs at the master's and doctoral level including the fields of clinical counseling, school, industrial/organizational, health, forensic and sports psychology; educational psychology (psychological test development, school psychology). The doctoral level degrees can lead to teaching at the college and university level, as well as various positions in governmental agencies and the private sector. In addition, many students seek advanced degrees in related fields such as education, business management, law, criminal justice, nursing, social work, or public health. Duties depend on the individuals served and the work settings. The demand for well-qualified people is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2010.
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Skills Related to Psychology
- Proficient in interpersonal communication
- Ability to evaluate problems and make appropriate decisions
- Thorough understanding of human development and behavior
- Ability to interpret/explain psychological research
- Sensitivity to and understanding of others
- Ability to observe, analyze and introspect
- Ability to analyze relationships between factors
- Ability to use numbers
Potential Careers in Psychology
The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a psychology major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which psychology majors may consider.
Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.
Employers in Psychology
- Youth organizations
- Community organizations
- Medical schools
- Volunteer agencies
- Churches/Religious groups
- Mental health associations
- Group Homes
- Test development corporations
- Government agencies
- Courts/Correctional institutions
- Research firms
- Adoption/Child care agencies
- Educational periodicals
- Nursing homes
- Personnel departments
- Social Service agencies
Web Sites Related to Psychology
- MSU Denver Psychology Department Website
- Careers in Psychology
- Encyclopedia of Psychology
- Entry Level Jobs for Psychology Majors
- Social Service Network
- Stanford's Department of Psychology
Professional Organizations in this Field
- American Counseling Association
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Women in Psychology
- Colorado Psychological Association
The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.