When people think of a career in Psychology, they usually think about one in mental health. But did you know that Psychology gives you access to wide range of careers? In fact, only 26.7% of psychology graduates report having a career closely related to the field. Read on to find out the 10 Things You Can Do With A Psychology Degree!
This job is obviously what most people have in mind when they think in psychology. As a therapist, you help clients improve their lives, develop better cognitive and emotional skills, reduce symptoms of mental illness and cope with various challenges through therapy. This is not to be confused with a psychiatrist who diagnoses and prescribes medication. That requires a medical degree.
But being a therapist doesn’t mean you are just dealing with severe persistent mental illnesses such as depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, OCD, etc. That position is known as a Clinical Therapist. You can be a Marriage and Relationship Therapist, Family Therapist, Alcohol/Drugs Addiction Therapist, Art Therapist and many more.
However bear in mind that this position often requires a Master’s or PhD qualification. After that, you’ll need to be certified by whichever government/state’s board you are residing in. Still, in some organizations, you can perform light counseling sessions with a Psychology Bachelor’s, just not full therapy.
9) Social Worker
Social workers help individuals who are face challenges in their lives. This includes people with addiction, trauma, disability, mental illness or recent ex-convicts. Though they occasionally engage in directly counselling, their job scope is much wider. They are responsible for getting their clients in touch with resources such as healthcare, psychiatric or psychological services, career opportunities, etc. Social workers both safeguard their clients and improve their lives through a close professional relationship. They often work for non-profit agencies or directly with the government.
8) Mental Health Advocate
You can still make a huge impact on society even if you don’t work ‘directly’ with people with mental illness. As an advocate, you promote the rights of and awareness on people with mental illnesses. However, it doesn’t just include people with mental illness but also other marginalized groups such as individuals with history of domestic abuse, sexual assault, addiction, etc. This is done through organizing events, workshops, training sessions and political lobbying. You will help educate people and reduce stigma in society, so others can get the help they need.
7)Human Resources Agent
Almost all large companies have a Human Resources department and they need people with good communication skills, empathy and problem solving abilities to staff it. As a psychology graduate you will be well suited to this role. Human Resources agents responsibilities include recruiting new staff, handling payroll, promoting professional development, training, public relations and internal communications.
6) Advertising Agent
In a sense psychology, is all about the art of persuasion, understanding people to get them to change their mind. Advertising agents specialize in selling advertising space to business and individuals whether in print or digital media. This also involves thinking up creative campaigns so consumers will buy their client’s products.
5) Market Researcher
In a lot of ways market research is an extension on consumer psychology, the understanding of why people buy things. As opposed to an advertising agent, this job is more data driven. It involves conducting interviews, performing opinion polls, monitoring trends, collecting data, and interpreting results. The statistical interpretation skills and scientific methodologies you learn in Psychology will help you sort out the answer to your employers market questions.
4) Sales Representative
Psychology emphasizes the importance of effective communication, persuasion and active listening. Thus, you might be able to transfer those skills into a successful career selling goods and services to consumers. In fact according to statistics, sales positions are the second largest area of employment for psychology graduates.
3) School Counselor
School Counselors work primarily with students in primary or secondary school. They provide counseling for students with behavioral or social issues. However, they do it in the scope of the school. This means they help process issues with students so they are able to achieve their academic goals. School counselors also aid students who are unsure of what they want to study in higher education. They do this by administering career test, assessments and putting students in touch with resources.
Next to English Writing or Literature, Psychology is one of the undergraduate degrees that requires extensive writing. In addition, the paper’s you right require compiling a large amount of research together. Thus, you can put those skills to use by being a technical writer, due diligence reporter, advertising copywriter, blogger and much more.
1) Child Care Worker
Developmental Psychology is a vital course taken by Psychology students. It is how and why human beings change over the course of their life. Hence, psychology graduates have key insight over the development of young children. They are able to work in child care settings such as nurseries and kindergartens as educators or administrators.
However unlike the average childcare specialist, psychology graduates are more well equipped for a career in special education. They are knowledgeable in the diagnosis and behavioral traits of children with developmental disabilities such as autism, ADHD and intellectual disabilities.
Well as you see, there is a wealth of things you can do with a Psychology degree. However, if you want to be a professional in counselling or mental health, you will need a Master’s or PhD. Before you decide you need one, check out the Pro’s and Con’s of Obtaining a Master’s Degree.