Careers in Psychology
Psychology provides a broad liberal arts background.
Areas to Explore
Employers: Market Research Firms, Market research departments of consumer goods and manufacturing firms
Employers: Public and private schools, including colleges and universities
Employers: Department stores, specialty stores, discount stores, super retailers
Employers: Retailers, service providers, wholesalers, manufacturers, insurance companies, real estate companies
Employers: Federal government including theDepartment of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Education, and the Office of Naval Research; national headquarters of non-profit organizations; universities and colleges.
Employers: Large companies, government agencies, employment and temporary agencies, large non-profit organizations including hospitals and educational institutions
Employers: Public relations and advertising firms, companies with public relations departments, professional associations, federal, state, and local government, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations
Employers: Advertising agencies, companies with in-house advertising agencies or departments
General Strategies for Success
- Obtain essential practical experience through part-time or summer jobs such as camp counselor, tutor, or resident hall advisor.
- Complete an internship for academic credit
- Gain experience through volunteering with organizations such as crisis hotlines, Big Brother or Sister, Special Olympics, service fraternities or sororities, etc.
- Many entry-level helping positions require one year of related experience. Volunteer experience can typically fulfill this requirement.
- Learn to work well with diferent types of people.
- Devleop strong communication skills.
- Cultivate the desire to help others.
- Become familiar with government hiring procedures.
- Acquire knowledge of government and community resources available for those in need.
- Obtain a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, or scial work for substantive counseling work and advancement into administrative work.
- Many specialties exist at the graduate level, for example school counseling, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, etc. Pursue particular degrees depending upon interests and career goals.