Division of Arts & Sciences

Careers in Psychology

Description of the Field

A graduate degree is required for a majority of jobs in the field of psychology; however, most students who earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology do not continue on to earn graduate degrees in psychology. According to one study, about one fourth of undergraduates in psychology actually take up employment in a field closely related to their major. Nevertheless, a degree in psychology can be useful in a wide variety of careers outside the discipline of psychology. Through thoughtfully planning your future and gaining an awareness of the various career opportunities that exist, you can find a career niche that is compatible with your educational experience, skills and personality.

Sample Careers in Psychology (links to O*Net Online)

School Psychologists
Clinical Psychologists
Counseling Psychologists
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
Marriage and Family Therapists
Mental Health Counselors
Rehabilitation Counselors
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Medical and Public Health Social Workers
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Social and Human Service Assistants
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
Psychiatric Aides

Links to Other Resources

The American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Society
The International Honor Society in Psychology
Article from The International Honor Society in Psychology)
"Entry Level Positions Obtained by Psychology Majors"

Psychology at Columbus State

Coursework in Sociology is offered by the Department of Psychology. Please visit their site for information about their pre-major programs, course offerings, and faculty.