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What job opportunities/prospects and environments are available to someone with a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Psychology?

I know that I could probably work in a hospital, or a therapist's/psychologist's office.
I would like to know if there are any jobs where I would be mobile or could make housecalls or videochat with patients who cannot make it to an office building or perhaps are in another country?
(There seems to be a big new calling for online therapists or mobile apps for therapy that I have been seeing advertised on social media). I have a big fascination for other cultures and I want to be available to everyone and have a bigger outreach for patient care.
I also have a penpal in Germany, and have since age 15. I love talking to all different kinds of people.

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Katey’s Answer

I have a BA in Psychology and was able to work with homeless folks and do case management. Anything beyond that required a license to be reimburseable by insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare.. And in many states you cannot get licensed as a Psychologist without getting a Doctorate degree. So I got a Masters in Social Work and got licensed as a social worker. I can now do therapy in an office setting, in the member's home setting and through telehealth.
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Michael’s Answer

Depending on the state you live in you could do therapeutic staff support work for children with emotional and/or behavioural disorders/syndromes in most public schools. The hiring organization will likely cover the costs of any required trainings our certifications to do so beyond your degree. I got such a job prior to graduation with a pending BA in psychology with a focus on psychopathology.

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Miranda’s Answer

I have a PhD in Psychology, the degree you need to have to call yourself a psychologist (in most states/countries). Regardless if you work in an office/hospital setting or provide services online, you MUST be licensed. In the US, each state has its own rules about how to become a licensed "Psychologist" and about what qualifications are needed to be licensed as professionals in other human service fields (eg, licensed professional counselor, substance use counseling).


Any sort of BA in psych can get you entry level/support staff jobs at clinics that provide treatment such as advanced behavioral analysis and care for individuals with cognitive disabilities. You might also be an appealing candidate to work at a crisis line or help with the admissions process at places like substance use treatment facilities. The salaries or hourly rates are not great, so you may want a longer term plan to further your career. However, to understand what these jobs are like, you should have internships or jobs so you can determine if it is worth the time/money for you to pursue the field.


Regarding your online treatment question: any type of treatment received via online or other digital/phone means is referred to as "telehealth". At this time, you can only provide online/phone services to people who reside where you are licensed. For example, if you are licensed in New Jersey, you cannot provide treatment to people who live in other states or in other countries. In addition, you need extensive cultural diversity and sensitivity training to be qualified for any therapy job, but this is very important if you have hopes of working with people of diverse cultures. Psychological approaches are always considered within the context of the group's culture and way of life. In addition to licensing laws, there are many other restrictions on how telehealth can be provided. Good luck, and ask your professors/teachers for advice!

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