10 Jobs for Psychology Majors

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What can you do with a Psychology degree?

Psychology majors study the way humans and animals act, feel, think, and learn. This education and set of skills can help prepare you for a variety of different careers.

Here is a list of 10 jobs you might consider if you are majoring in Psychology:

Job Title Projected Job Growth Median Weekly Salary Median Annual Salary
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 8.90% $2,001.17 $104,061
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists 9.72% $1,633.31 $84,932
Social Science Research Assistants 3.37% $955.77 $49,700
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 6.08% $944.81 $49,130
School Psychologist 2.55% $1,525.65 $79,334
Statisticians 17.96% $1,824.17 $94,857
Postsecondary Psychology Teachers 4.79% $1,520.42 $79,062
Mental Health Counselors 13.76% $945.67 $49,175
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 13.76% $945.67 $49,175
Training and Development Managers 4.47% $2,310.40 $120,141

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training, and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

Clinical and Counseling Psychologists
Assess, diagnose, and treat mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests. Help individuals with distress or maladjustment understand their problems through their knowledge of case history, interviews with patients, and theory. Provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment. May design behavior modification programs and consult with medical personnel regarding the best treatment for patients.

Social Science Research Assistants
Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

School Psychologists
Diagnose and implement individual or schoolwide interventions or strategies to address educational, behavioral, or developmental issues that adversely impact educational functioning in a school. May address student learning and behavioral problems and counsel students or families. May design and implement performance plans, and evaluate performance. May consult with other school-based personnel.

Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as biostatistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians. 

Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Mental Health Counselors
Counsel and advise individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health, with an emphasis on prevention. May help individuals deal with a broad range of mental health issues, such as those associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; or aging.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

Training and Development Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the training and development activities and staff of an organization.

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A career cluster is a group of jobs with similar features that often require similar knowledge or skills. Psychology jobs often fall under the Human Services, Health Science, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics career clusters. Explore more to learn about what skills and interests align to these career clusters. 

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