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what jobs can you get with a psychology degree?


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Jason’s Answer

As Michael said, a BA/BS in psychology will get you a job, just not one you will want for a career. Perhaps someone will come along and let us know I am wrong but nonetheless, you will want to look into graduate programs. Depending on what area you want to go into, you may need a PhD/PsyD, or a master's degree which will also add to career advancement.
I believe all 50 states allow you to practice with a master's degree but there are very stringent requirements including years of supervised practice. If I could go backwards I would go for the doctoral degree because the amount of time it take is very close, at least in NJ

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Jason’s Answer

As Michael said, a BA/BS in psychology will get you a job, just not one you will want for a career. Perhaps someone will come along and let us know I am wrong but nonetheless, you will want to look into graduate programs. Depending on what area you want to go into, you may need a PhD/PsyD, or a master's degree which will also add to career advancement.
I believe all 50 states allow you to practice with a master's degree but there are very stringent requirements including years of supervised practice. If I could go backwards I would go for the doctoral degree because the amount of time it take is very close, at least in NJ

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Camila’s Answer

A master's degree is the lowest entry level credential you can get for practicing. As far as higher education goes, there are many jobs you can get with a Psychology degree but not that many jobs that you can get ONLY if you have a Psychology degree. As others have mentioned, unless you want a job that only Psychologists can get (researcher and tenured university psych. professor?), most are typically better off pursuing a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Professional Counseling or Social Work as these usually involve less time and are less costly to obtain. With my master's degree I have worked in private practice, penitentiaries, jails, schools, community mental health centers, crisis centers, inpatient facilities, community based mobile crisis therapist, psychology adjunct professor at a university, quality assurance and compliance management, performance incentive coach and insurance. There were Psychologists at these facilities and they didn't really make more or have advancement opportunities that weren't available to others; I couldn't really see the benefit. I have never felt like my degree kept me from getting a job I was interested in. It's a flexible line of work with growing demand and shortage in several areas of the country. We can certainly use the help!

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Luiza’s Answer

Hi Michael, It depends. If you want to do clinical work you will need your Master Degree or PHD. Many companies with a HR department might need Psychologists to help with HR process. But unfortunately, psychology degree is not high demand at this moment. It will take you about 10-12 years to become a clinical psychologist.

Good luck!

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Michael’s Answer

An undergraduate degree in psychology is not highly in demand for employment. Many people who hold a terminal Bachelors's degree find work in Human Resources, at the technician level in Behavioral Health, or as a Research Assistant. These aren't high paying positions. To make a living in psychology you need a Masters in clinical or counseling to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Counselor, or Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Of course, you can go all the way and get a Ph.D. and become a psychologist. A Bachelors's is a Liberal Arts Degree. Personally I was a Sherriff's Deputy at that level and they paid me a thousand dollars a year more for having a degree in Psychology, so it paid off for me. (I got the Ph.D. later. )

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