Life After Siena
Careers in Psychology
"It is a direction not a destination." --From On Becoming a Person, 1961- Carl Rogers
Many people think that you need to go to graduate because you cannot do anything with just a Bachelors degree in Psychology. However there are many options for those who do not want to seek further education.
Case Management: Case Managers or Case workers are involved in helping those who have survived a recent tragedy or disaster find the proper resources in order to get back on their feet. Such resources include help in finding jobs, food and water, housing etc.
Career Counselor: Career counselors actively seek out clients who need guidance about education and possible career choices. A Career counselor’s ultimate goal is to get their client employed.
Rehabilitation Specialist: Rehabilitation specialists evaluate the social adjustment and needs of those with mental or physical disabilities. Then they help implement and monitor rehabilitation plans to give clients the support they need to recover.
Psychiatric Technician: Working under a registered Psychiatrist, Psychiatric technicians work with people who are emotionally or developmentally distressed namely with illnesses such as depression, dementia, and psychosis. Psychiatric technicians will learn to monitor and administer certain medications prescribed by the Psychiatrists.
Those are just a few careers you can consider with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Many consider obtaining their teaching certificate to become a teacher; others are employed in human services such as working for federal, state, and local government jobs or non-profit organizations. Moreover, others assume administration positions in companies.
Most Psychology majors continue their education further by going to graduate school in pursuit of a Masters, PhD, or PsyD. Briefly, a PHD (Doctor of Philosophy) is generally regarded as a research and academic degree while a PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) places strong emphasis on professional practice and does not focus as much on research. Below are just a few of the many careers you can obtain with a PhD or PsyD degree..
PhD in Clinical Psychology: These individuals are often employed at medical facilities (clinics and hospitals) and help patients deal with a host of psychological disorders. It typically takes 5-6 years full-time to obtain a PhD.
PhD in School Psychology: Takes approximately 4-5 years full-time for a PhD. School Psychologists are trained to do counseling in a school setting. They work with children as well as staff and some may even have a private practice.
Counseling Psychology: Takes approximately 4-5 years full time for a PhD. These programs usually emphasize training in counseling or psychotherapy methods. They require an internship toward the end as well as a dissertation. Counseling Psychologists tend to work in group counseling practices, private practices, and programs for special populations.
Child/Developmental Psychology: A PhD is required taking 4-5 years of full time commitment to achieve. Child psychologists work at a variety of settings including teaching and engaging in research. Other Child/Developmental Psychologists choose to be counselors at hospitals or other community settings.
Forensic Psychology: Those pursuing Forensic Psychology usually obtain a PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. However, their course study is much more law oriented. Forensic Psychology is the field of criminal investigation and law that involves custody disputes, insurance claims, and law suits.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology: The area of psychology concerned with the study of work place behavior. There are many companies that will hire those with a Masters Degree in IO Psychology. These graduates will often work in human resources, consulting or private sectors. With a PHD your job opportunity is maximized.
These are just a few of the many careers in psychology you can pursue with further education. Those listed are the more popular fields. However, many other fields are growing in popularity as well. A Bachelors degree in psychology is just the beginning to many exciting careers.
“Most of the images of reality on which we base our actions are really based on vicarious experience.”- Albert Bandura