100 Things You Can Do With A Psychology Degree

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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 Psychology

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
20. Coach
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 Psychology

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
28. Neurologist
29. Neuropathologist
30. Psychiatric aide/attendant
31. Psychiatric social worker
32. Psychiatric technician
33. Psychiatrist

Developmental Psychology

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 Psychology

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 Psychology

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

School Psychology

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

Physiological Psychology

This is one of the newest and hottest areas of psychology. It looks at how physiological aspects correlate to human behavior.

65. Psychosocial anthropologist
66. Pyschometrist

Environmental Psychology

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

Health Psychology

As a health psychologist you role is to monitor how mental health and overall health correlate to each other.

70. Dietitian
71. Health care facility administrator
72. Medical social worker
73. Mental retardation aide
74. Nurse
75. Pediatrician
76. Pharmacologist
77. Physician
78. Public health director
79. Speech pathologist

Family Psychology

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

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.

84. Physiatrist
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
90. Lawyer
91. Polygraph examiner
92. Probation/Parole officer
93. Penologist


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

Consumer Psychology

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

Aviation Psychologist

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

About the Author: Ann Steele

Ann SteeleThis website is co-authored by Ann Steele, a Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego with extensive experience with children and adolescents. Ann Steele attended American School Of Psychology & Argosy University Online. She especially enjoys using music therapy for mental and emotional well-being.

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