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Careers in Psychology and Related Fields

Updated on May 9, 2015

Guidance Counselor

  1. Bachelor's Degree in counseling, psychology, education, or social work
  2. Master's Degree in school counseling
  3. Internship or Mentoring program
  4. Licensing and/or Certification depending on the state
  • The media salary of a guidance counselor is $53,600, but it can range from $31,850 to $86,870
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that school counselor employment will increase by 12% from 2012 to 2022, which is roughly the same as the average for all occupations.

Admissions Advisor

The job of a college or university admissions counselor/advisor is to work with incoming students. There job is to help the prospective student understand admissions requirements. Their job includes setting interview appointments where they determine a student's interests, career goals, and qualifications, scheduling and conducting presentations and workshops for students, and responding to student inquiries.

  1. Bachelor's degree
  2. Experience working with people, communication, and organizational skills
  • Salary can range from $27,310 to $47,357
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employment opportunities for postsecondary education administrators and school and career counselors, both of which may include admissions counselors, are estimated to experience an increase of 15% between 2012 and 2022, which is faster than average increase for all occupations within the nation (www.bls.gov).

Adoption Counselor

An adoption counselor at an adoption agency tends to work with the clients normally the birth parents and adoptive family. The titles of an adoption counselor could include birth-mother advocate, adoption advocate, adoption consultant, and/or hotline counselor. An adoption counselor provides support and assistance with the adoption process. They explain adoption options, how the adoption process works, verify application information, conduct background checks, and approving families for adoption.

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree in counseling, psychology, public health or social work
  2. Intern with counseling office or agency
  3. Decide what area of adoption you would like to work in (family planning clinic, government agency, private adoption organization, group adoptions counselor)
  4. Apply for state license as a counselor, family therapist or clinical social worker depending on state requirements
  5. Apply for an entry level position
  • Median Salary of $42,1600 per year
  • Child, family and school social workers are projected to see a 15% increase in jobs, while social and community service managers should see 21% growth.

Survey Researcher

A survey researcher designs and/or conducts surveys about people's opinions. They can work for corporations, government agencies, and political candidates. In a typical day a survey researcher may conduct surveys and collecting data through interviewing people, they administer questionnaires, conduct focus groups, review literature, oversee other staff members' work, and identity survey needs based on client specifications.

  1. Bachelor's degree in psychology
  2. Master's degree in marketing, statistics, or communications for more technical positions

According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the job outlook for survey researchers is projected to experience quicker growth than other jobs that require a bachelor's degree through 2020. Average salary of $36,000.

Psychology Case/Program Manager

Psychology case managers work in assisting individuals with the care they need to deal with mental health issues. Psychology program managers work in hospitals, mental health facilities, and residential substance abuse treatment centers.Psychology case managers typically visit and work with children, adults or families; they interview them and take notes to use in later assessments. The case managers create plans to help their clients through evaluating treatment options to overcome issues and modify behavior.

  1. Bachelor's degree in Psychology
  2. An internship in a social science field
  3. Get a job in an entry level position with a Psychology Case/Program Manager
  4. Get a master's degree in Psychology
  5. Become a Psychology Case/Program Manager

The average salary of a psychology case/program manager is between $29,473 and $47,303.

Rehabilitation Counselor

Rehabilitation counselors help people with deal with their emotional and physical disabilities in order to help them live independently. Rehabilitation counselors work with their clients to manage the effects of their disabilities on employment and independent living.

  1. Bachelor's degree in Psychology
  2. Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling
  3. Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations (differs from state to state)

Rehabilitation Counselors can work in a variety of environments such as:

  • colleges,
  • elementary schools
  • secondary schools
  • prisons
  • insurance companies
  • private practice
  • state
  • private
  • nonprofit rehabilitation agencies

The average salary is $33,880 per year or $16.29 per hour.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Organizational Psychologists help increase productivity in the workplace,they develop new screening procedures for applicants,increase the quality of a workplace, counsel unhappy employees,and they help rewrite company policies to benefit everyone involved.

  1. Bachelor's degree in psychology
  2. Master's Degree in organization psychology
  3. Choose a job
  • Manager of Patient Services
  • Outpatient Services Director
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nursing Supervisor
  • Critical Care Director
  • Director of Human Capital
  • HR Generalist
  • Customer Service Trainer
  • Diversity Manager
  • Employee Relations
  • Organizational Development Manager

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an organizational psychologist’s salary is determined by their level of education. The average salary is $87,000 a year or $42 an hour.

Entry-level for Master's graduate – $38,750

Entry-level for PhD graduate – $55,000

Median salary – $80,000

University professors – $70,000

Private sector – $100,000

— Psychology Career Center

Behavior Analyst

Behavior analysts study behaviors that can be observed and measured. As a researcher, behavior analysts conduct studies to measure influences of the environment on behavior. They search for new for new ways to solve behavior problems in school children or the elderly. Behavior analysts also work for government agencies, community centers, schools and hospitals. Where they assist in the treatment of various mental health issues.

  1. Bachelor's degree in psychology
  2. Master's degree in behavior analysis
  3. Certification by the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and/or Board Certified Behavior Analyst (depending on the employer and the state)

The average salary for a Behavior analyst is $67,760.

Psychology Professor

Psychology college professors teach students in the discipline of psychology. Professors also research and produce scholarly articles and books. To teach psychology at a college level the master's degree in psychology is the lowest level of education a person can have. Many Universities require a doctorate in psychology as well as field experience. Most smaller universities, community colleges, and online colleges are fine with professors having just a bachelor's degree in psychology.

  1. Bachelor's degree in Psychology
  2. Master's degree in Psychology
  3. Doctorate in Psychology

The average salary of an assistant professor is $66,564 with a full professor earning an average of $70,333. Online psychology teachers can earn $1,500 to $2,500 per course per semester.

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