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Psychology Careers

As a psychologist, your skills will be in demand.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field will grow over the next decade because of increased need for psychological services in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, consulting firms and private companies.

Opportunities for those who hold a bachelor's degree in psychology may include:

  • Mental health case management
  • Personnel work
  • Social work
  • School counseling
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Hospital administration
  • Educational administration
  • Public relations
  • Publicity
  • Sales
  • Advertising
  • Business and industry
  • Government service
  • Research
  • Ministry

Teaching and/or research positions require professional preparation at most colleges and universities, as does the practice of clinical and counseling psychology. If you want to be a professional psychologist, you’ll need to complete two to five years of graduate study after obtaining a bachelor's degree.

Students who intend to continue the study of psychology should consult their academic advisors early in their undergraduate years to assure proper preparation for graduate school.