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Careers in Psychology and Mental Health

Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors, if not the most popular, with over 65,000 graduates every year receiving Bachelor's degrees. However, the vast majority of these individuals do not work in the field of psychology after graduation, because a BA or BS in psychology is not sufficient to work in the field, except in entry level positions. Many of these graduates use their knowledge of psychology, and combine it with training in other areas, to work in sales, public relations, marketing, and other careers where knowledge of human behavior is essential. We will only briefly review these career areas on this website. Primarily, we will provide you with information about careers in the field of psychology which require a graduate degree.

A bachelor's degree in psychology qualifies a person for a variety of entry-level jobs for which  require the use of "people skills." Graduates may assist psychologists and other professionals in community mental health centers, vocational rehabilitation offices, and correctional programs. The job titles are likely to be something other than psychologist, such as case workers, counselors, therapy aides, social workers, probation oficers, or rehabilitation assistants. In business, the job titles will be in the areas of sales, marketing, and personnel. Some management training programs recognize the value of psychology training as well. Psychology graduates also tend to possess analytical and research skills, which are valuable in many occupations. These graduates may work as research assistants, sales or management trainees, or marketing research assistants. However, without additional academic training, opportunities in psychology are severely limited.

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