What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology? – Part 1
One of the most commonly asked questions by a Psychology major or those who know one is, “What in the world can you do with bachelor’s degree in Psychology?”
Being a Psych major, I've heard and asked myself this question a million times. At first, you laugh it off and think, “There are lots of jobs out there; I’ll figure it out.” As time passes though, you start to question this more and more. Eventually, most of us end up thinking that we just have to attend graduate school in order to do something with this useless degree. “Useless” in the sense that it has nothing to do with technology or math in a technologically booming world. I’m here to tell you not to worry, my friend. Our degrees are NOT useless.
There are many things we can do with them, and I will share some of those here. I’m going to write this in a series format, beginning with this post that will focus on Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Keep an eye out for more segments with much more to come, ranging from Developmental Psychology all the way to Industrial Psychology.
Opportunities with a Bachelor's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology
When we think of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, we think of a PhD or at least an LMHC, right? Thankfully, there are jobs within the discipline that only require a bachelor’s degree. Obviously, we can’t expect the same salary as we would if we had a more advanced degree, but the point is that we can still fulfill our want to help those around us. Let’s give them a look.
Human Services Worker
Human services workers occupy a range of positions, including social service worker, case management aide, social work assistant, community support worker, mental health aide, community outreach worker, life skills counselor, and gerontology aide. These are paraprofessional positions that overlap the job duties of a psychologist, without many of the responsibilities. Salaries can range from $25,580 to $40,780 according to the 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Entry-level social worker positions can often be obtained with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Salaries can range from $32,490 to $48,420 according to the 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Substance Abuse Counselor
Substance abuse counselors are a common exception to the higher degree requirement in counseling positions. Salaries can range from $27,330 to $42,650 according to the 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As you can see, there are quite a few options! You can research more about these positions by searching on the internet. Also, salary ranges may have fluctuated in the last few years, so make sure to check that out if you are truly interested in a career in Psychology with a bachelor’s degree.
Stay tuned for the rest of the posts in this series.
Reference: “Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World” Third Ed. by Tara L. Kuther & Robert D. Morgan (2010)
Studying Psychology and Education, I have a passion for people--knowing them, understanding them, and helping them. That is the goal. Altruism is rare but it does exist. Believe in that.