If you hold a psychology degree, it will most likely be a doctorate degree. There are only very few states where this is not a legal requirement. As a result, you will either hold a Psy.D. or a Ph.D. and there are many things that you can do with such a degree. For some of these jobs, you will need a certain degree of additional or specialized training. Let’s take a look.
Industrial Organizational Psychology
Industrial organizational psychology is a reasonably new and emerging field of psychology and most states are seeing significant growth in this field. It concerns itself mainly with the psychological aspects of being in the workplace and how this affects efficiency and effectiveness. Jobs within this field include:
1. Industrial organizational psychologist
2. Applied statistician
3. Career information specialist
4. Computer programmer
5. Database administrator
6. Database design analyst
7. Employee relations specialist
8. Employment counselor
9. Employment interviewer
10. Human resource adviser
11. Job analyst
12. Management analyst
13. Occupational analyst
14. Occupational therapist
15. Personnel psychologist
16. Personnel recruiter
17. Systems analyst
18. Volunteer coordinator
Counseling psychologists are closely related in their work to clinical psychologists. The main difference is that they usually do not work with those with severe mental impairment or illness. Rather, a counseling psychologist will work with people with crisis or chronic disorders such as depression.
19. Art therapist
21. Counseling psychologist
22. Financial aid counselor
23. Guidance counselor
24. Minister, rabbi, priest, chaplain and so on
25. Music therapist
26. Recreational therapist
Clinical psychologists are very closely related to the counseling psychologists, but they often deal with far more severe cases. With additional medical training, clinical psychologists could move into psychiatry as well.
27. Clinical psychologist
30. Psychiatric aide/attendant
31. Psychiatric social worker
32. Psychiatric technician
Developmental psychologists look at how the various aspects of human life develop. Some developmental psychologists focus on a particular age group, others work across the lifespan.
34. Child development specialist
35. Developmental psychologist
Experimental and Human Factors Psychology
The majority of these psychologists will work in research, trying to gain a greater understanding of psychological processes in humans. They often use animals in their tests.
36. Comparative psychologist
37. Experimental psychologist
38. Psychological stress evaluator
39. Research assistant
Educational psychologists study human learning. Their goal is mainly to improve methods of teaching and learning.
40. Academic counselor
41. Alumni director
42. Educational psychologist
43. Vocational rehabilitation counselor
Social psychologists study how humans are affected by the behaviors of others. As a social psychologist, you are likely to study various interpersonal interactions.
44. Delinquency prevention social worker
45. Group worker
46. Fund raiser I
47. Fund raiser II
48. Real estate agent
49. Recreation leader
50. Recreation supervisor
51. Social group worker
52. Social psychologist
As a school psychologist you will ensure that processes are in place to improve learning across the ages.
53. College or university professor
54. Elementary school teacher
55. High school teacher
56. Preschool teacher
57. School psychologist
58. School social worker
59. Teacher for the emotionally impaired
60. Teacher for the hearing impaired
61. Teacher for the learning disabled
62. Teacher for the mentally impaired
63. Teacher for the visually impaired
64. Vocational training teacher
This is one of the newest and hottest areas of psychology. It looks at how physiological aspects correlate to human behavior.
65. Psychosocial anthropologist
As an environmental psychologist you will study how the world around us affects us as humans.
67. Community organization worker
68. Community worker
69. Conservation worker
As a health psychologist you role is to monitor how mental health and overall health correlate to each other.
71. Health care facility administrator
72. Medical social worker
73. Mental retardation aide
78. Public health director
79. Speech pathologist
Family psychologists focus on ensuring families can function properly and with as little conflict as possible.
80. Child psychologist
81. Child welfare and placement caseworker
82. Family counselor/caseworker
83. Marriage and family counselor
Rehabilitation psychology concerns itself with helping people who have had some sort of physical injury or other impairment, and relates this back to the psyche.
85. Substance abuse counselor
86. Therapist for the blind
Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
These psychologists obtain psychosocial knowledge and find methods of applying them.
87. Information specialist
88. Quantitative psychologist
Forensic Psychology and Psychology with the Law
Forensic psychologists look at how psychology relates to crime and the law.
89. Correctional treatment specialist
91. Polygraph examiner
92. Probation/Parole officer
Neuropsychologists and psychobiologists work in health care settings and focus on the physical and psychological health of the brain.
94. Chief psychologist
Geropsychology/Psychology of Aging
As a geropsychologist, you will mainly look at the effects of aging and how elderly people adapt to society.
95. Benefits manager
96. Veterans contract representative
As a consumer psychologist you will concern yourself mainly with how and why people consume resources, and the effects of this on our world, planet and society.
97. Market research analyst
98. Public relations representative
As an aviation psychologist, you will monitor and test pilots, cabin crew and others and determine their mental stability and ability to be responsible for the lives of people on board. This area has seen an increase in interest since 9/11, and even more so with the disappearance of Malaysia airlines MH370 and the recent suicide crash in the French Alps.
99. Aviation psychologist
100. Engineering psychologist