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A future in Psychology
By Jennifer Bailey
Are you passionate about people? A natural problem solver who thrives on making a difference in others’ lives in a big way? Clearly, many people are, as psychology is one of the top five most popular college majors. Sometimes the results are not seen right away. You must be patient and be able to offer what you can to others and not take it personally if your advice is not accepted in the moment. It takes a special person to commit to this important line of work long term.
If your dream is to become a licensed psychologist, you will definitely need to obtain your master’s degree at minimum; however, if you simply have a casual interest of the human mind and behaviors, this degree will help you excel in a variety of career paths.
Some of the most important things you will learn during your undergraduate years are interpersonal and strong communication skills. You will spend a good amount of time developing solid research and writing skills. Each of these things will be useful in nearly every profession. Specifically, with this major, you will gain the ability to assess client needs and keep thorough and accurate records. Innately, you should naturally have the tendency to express care and empathy as well as a desire to act as an advocate for others.
Most students graduating with a bachelor's degree will work in some division of human or social services. Some common jobs in the field include: social services/case management, career counselor or rehabilitation specialist. However, you can also use a bachelor’s in psychology in many other career areas such as top and mid-level management and administration, labor-relations, personnel and staff training and development, real estate, insurance, sales, marketing, library assistant or probation officer. Those who meet state certification requirements may even become high school psychology teachers.
You will find the biggest advantage of obtaining a bachelor's degree in psychology is its adaptability into a myriad of career options.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the job outlook for psychologists is expected to grow at an average rate over the next decade. The need for psychological services in hospitals, schools, private businesses, social service agencies and mental health centers is expected to drive this growth.