4 Career Paths for Psychology Majors

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psychologistYou’ve just graduated college and you’re hoping to land your dream job in a field related to your major.

But if you’re a new graduate who majored in psychology, you may be confused about which career is the best fit for you.

Because the field holds such a wide range of opportunities, it can be really difficult to narrow down your options. Do you want to work one on one with patients in a hospital?

Or maybe you’d prefer to work in a school setting? Here are four popular career choices for psychology majors that may help you find your perfect job.

School Psychologist
Have you always dreamed of helping kids through tough times in their life? Then a career as a school psychologist may be a good option for you.

School psychologists work as part of a team with teachers and parents to ensure that children who are struggling are getting their needs met, both educationally and emotionally.

It is a challenging and highly rewarding job. Typically, becoming a school psychologist requires an advanced degree in psychology or education, as well as specialized training.

Forensic Psychologist
Have you always been fascinated by the field of law enforcement in addition to psychology? If so, you may want to consider a career as a forensic psychologist.

Forensic psychologists work with both the victims of crimes and those who committed the crime. They may conduct psychological evaluations of criminals or work with the victims to help them recover from the trauma that they suffered as a result of the crime.

Most often, an advanced degree such as a Masters in psychology is required in order to become a forensic psychologist.

Mental Health Counselor
Mental health counselors work in a variety of settings, from drug treatment centers and hospitals to private practices. Mental health counselors who work in drug treatment centers may counsel patients who are suffering from substance abuse and addiction problems.

Those who work in private practice may specialize in a different area, such as marriage counseling or family therapy. Individuals can choose to enter the field of mental health counseling with a bachelor’s degree, but a Master’s is often preferable.

Career Counselor
Although it may seem ironic to suggest that you explore the field of career counseling while you are having trouble narrowing down your job options, you probably already have considerable knowledge about what it takes to find a job!

Career counselors either work one on one with job seekers to help them determine which jobs are a good fit for them, or they work in a group setting providing advice to those who are contemplating a career change or have recently lost their jobs.

A position as a career counselor is highly rewarding because you are helping people make positive changes in their lives. While education requirements vary, most employers prefer a bachelor’s or Master’s degree in order to obtain a career counselor position.

Graduating college is an exciting experience, but it can also be a confusing time if you aren’t sure which careers are a good fit for you. It can be especially challenging for psychology majors because there are so many options out there!

If you’re having trouble making a decision, why not explore these different career paths to see if they’d be a good fit? You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find!

About the Author: Jennifer Klaus is a writer and adjunct professor of mental health counseling. She advises potential students who are interested in obtaining a degree in the field of psychology. Those who are interested in master of science in clinical mental health counseling can click to find out more.

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