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Human Services

 
  • Direct Care:
    • Counseling
    • Psychotherapy
    • Case Management
    • Mental Health Services
    • Physical Health and Wellness
    • Crisis Work
    • Art Therapy
    • Music Therapy

  • Administration:
    • Advocacy
    • Programming
    • Community Relations
    • Management
    • Development/Fund Raising
    • Grant Writing
  • Federal government, including Departments of:
    • Health and Human Services
    • Justice
    • Veterans Administration
      • VA Hospitals
  • State government, including Departments of:
    • Human Services
    • Mental Health & Mental Retardation
      • Community mental health centers
      • State psychiatric hospitals
      • Facilities for mentally impaired
    • Justice
      • Probation and parole
  • Local government
  • Senior citizens' centers
  • United Way agencies
  • Social service/nonprofit organizations
  • Religiously-affiliated service organizations
  • Hospitals/healthcare providers
  • Private psychiatric facilities
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • College and university counseling centers
  • Private practice

Research

 
  • Social Research
  • Market Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • National headquarters of non-profit organizations
  • Universities and colleges
  • Market research firms
  • Market research departments of consumer goods and manufacturing firms
  • Consulting firms

Education

 
  • Teaching
  • Student Affairs
  • Administration
  • Training
  • Adult Learning
  • Public and private K-12 schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community instruction offered by government or social service agencies e.g. GED classes, life skills, parenting, etc.

Human Resources

 
  • Employment and Recruitment
  • Labor Relations
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Organizational Development
  • Training
  • Large companies
  • Government agencies
  • Staffing and employment services
  • Large non-profit organizations including hospitals and educational institutions

Business & Industry

 
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Management
  • Insurance
    • Claims Managment
    • Underwriting
  • Real Estate
    • Sales
    • Property Management
  • Public Relations
  • Service providers
  • Wholesalers
  • Manufacturers
  • Retail stores including:
    • Department stores
    • Specialty stores
    • Discount stores
    • Super retailers
    • Online retailers
  • Call centers
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate companies
  • Property management firms
  • Apartment complexes
  • Public relations departments of large businesses or nonprofit organizations

General Information and Strategies

  • Psychology provides a broad, liberal arts background.
  • Some students may choose to study psychology because they enjoy the subject but wish to pursue careers requiring "any major." In this scenario, it is critical to develop desirable skills through internships, part-time or summer jobs, or volunteer experiences. Some skills valued most by employers include: communication, interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, and computer skills.
  • Other students may major in psychology because they want to work in a related field. Many entry-level helping positions are available, however the amount of direct client contact is limited for those who have a bachelor's degree. Students may wish to pursue graduate education in psychology, social work, counseling, college student personnel, or other related fields to increase opportunities and earning potential. Research career fields to learn what type of degree (master's or doctoral) and subject area are most appropriate. The following list provides some examples:
    • Master's Degree
      • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
      • Professional Counselor
      • Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
      • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
      • Rehabilitation Counselors
      • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists
    • Doctoral Degree
      • Counseling Psychologist
      • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
      • Experimental Psychologist
      • School Psychologist
      • Sport Psychologist
      • Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
  • For those wishing to pursue graduate education, maintain a high grade point average, secure strong faculty recommendations, and gain experience through volunteer or work opportunities. Assist a faculty member with his or her research.

 
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