What Can You Do with a Major in Psychology?

Jul 25, 2018

Psychology majors who graduate with a bachelor's degree may ultimately pursue a number of roles, including counselor, psychologist, social worker, or clinical office manager. Actual job options vary, but those without a graduate degree usually do not qualify for positions in academia or professional practice.

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Let's take a moment to explore some of the career opportunities, including job duties and salaries, for individuals who possess a bachelor's degree in psychology. Those with a bachelor's degree in psychology are qualified for a wide range careers at mental health centers, correctional institutions, and vocational rehabilitation facilities. While a graduate degree is needed to practice psychology in most circumstances, those working for the federal government can work as psychologists with only a bachelor's degree. Some of the most popular job titles held by graduates with a bachelor's degree in psychology include mental health case manager, social services case manager, mental health counselor, and social worker

Mental Health Case Manager

Mental health case managers assess the needs of mental health clients and design and implement personalized plans to meet those clients' needs. This may include advocating for adequate medical care and making sure clients' basic living needs are met. Many mental health case managers are certified in an area such as family health, adult health, or addictions counseling. According to 2017 data from Payscale.com, mental health case managers earned a median salary of $35,612.

Social Services Case Manager

Social services case managers work with children, families, and other clients. Their duties may include preparing and maintaining case reports, documenting information, reviewing case files, and investigating cases of child abuse. They may work with community professionals to develop plans tailored to clients' needs and ensure that clients receive adequate medical attention. They may help families and individuals access employment and community services. Some social services case managers are certified to work specifically in adoption, foster care, or child protective services. Social services case managers had a median annual income of $36,882, per Payscale.com in 2017.

Mental Health Counselor

Mental health counselors assess and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Some mental health counselors may specialize in helping the young or elderly. As reported by Payscale.com in 2017, mental health counselors had a median annual salary of $39,633. They may be trained in a number of areas, including addiction, anxiety, community outreach, depression, education, emotional health, employment, mental health, relationships, stress, substance abuse, and suicide.

Social Worker

Social workers provide counseling and connect individuals, families, and communities to services that improve quality of living. Others may research social issues and design and implement policies and programs in areas such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Possible work settings for social workers include hospitals, government, and child welfare agencies. Payscale.com's 2017 data showed that social workers earned a median yearly salary of $43,619. Many go on to obtain a Master of Social Work.

Some students with a bachelor's degree in psychology go on to pursue graduate school to practice in the field, but others find jobs as social workers, mental health case managers, and more. Salaries are dependent on job title, but most graduates can expect a median annual salary greater than $35,000.

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