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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
200Level, Nigeria.

There are many different degrees available for those interested in psychology. Degrees exist for undergraduate and graduate studies. Job and career choice will depend on the psychology major or degree. Some careers in psychology are specialized and require specific criteria for working in that field. Depending on the major or degree, choices in psychology vary widely, but specialization allows for choices.

Specialized fields in psychology include but are not limited to, child psychology, educational psychology, experimental psychology, and organizational psychology. The wide variety of specialties is one of the reasons psychology is one of the fastest growing job niches. In addition to the large variety of choices for specialty, there are also many areas in which a psychology degree is useful; these areas include; corrections, schools, research, all types of business/companies, and writing.

A career in psychology can take many directions, and those directions may not sound like a career for a psychology major. For undergraduates, those with an AA degree or Bachelor's degree, career choices are relegated to those that do not require a licensed psychologist. Those who already have a graduate degree have more options, and those who are licensed can begin private practices as a psychologist. The career outlook for those with a psychology degree ranges from 12% to 14 %; these percentages are above the average range of 7% for most occupations.

Entry level jobs for psychology majors provide the experience necessary for getting the most out of an undergraduate degree. Salary is directly related to experience, taking an entry-level position will provide that experience, but the pay is lower. Graduate degrees may require residency or another type of job training experience too; this depends on the degree.


Choosing a career path with a degree in psychology can be a bit overwhelming, there is a wide variety of careers available. It is a good idea to explore all the options available before deciding on any one path. Different careers require different levels of education, certification, and licensing; it is important to research career choices and plan an education accordingly. Experience on the job is another important requirement for many career choices; two years is usually the minimum requirement for proving experience for most careers in psychology.

Psychology is the study of human behavior; the study of human behavior has a skill set that is in demand in many diverse fields. A degree in psychology lends itself to marketing, management, teaching, and a slew of other areas where knowledge of human behavior is an asset. The best way to make a career choice is to research all areas where a degree in psychology would be useful.

Careers Choices With An AA Degree In Psychology

An associate or AA degree in psychology is very useful for many different career paths. The skills obtained with an AA degree can be applied in many occupational fields. The occupational growth rate for psychology is 5% above average, but there is more competition for these jobs. The median salary for an AA degree in psychology ranges between $25,000 to $54,000. The salary depends on years of experience, the city you work in, and the company who is hiring.

An AA psychology degree requires experience; most companies look for those who have upwards of 2 years' experience. Entry level jobs will provide the experience, an internship also provides experience, but internships do not always provide a salary. Entry level jobs will pay, but the rate is much lower, the experience is worth the low pay.

Researching job opportunities to find the right pay and the perfect skill fit is important. Pay rate is in part, based on the city. Some cities have a higher average pay rate, researching salary by the city is always a good idea. The average salary is also affected by the number of people and the number of job opportunities. Another area to research is companies; some companies pay more than others.

Career Choices for AA Degree

Human Resource and Development
Executive Assistant
Case Manager
Administrative Assistant
General Manager
Social Worker

The list of career choices shows the type of work available to those with an AA degree in psychology. Other career choices exist, this list shows the most popular and best-paying choices. The best thing to do is look for an entry-level position and gain experience in the chosen field; this will provide the experience needed to land a higher paying job.

Career Choices with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

A bachelor's in psychology is an undergraduate degree that provides the skills needed to work in a variety of occupations. ABA in Psychology has a median salary of $34,000 to $85,000, the large difference in pay is directly related to the city, company, and years of experience. Like an AA degree, most individuals with a BA will begin their careers in an entry-level position.

It is always a good idea to research the career you are interested in. Research into which cities have the best average pay and lowest competition for positions is helpful information for career choice. Always research the company you are interested in working for. Some companies offer intern programs, sometimes intern programs are not paid positions, and many companies require at least 2 years' experience in the chosen field. The more research, the better the outcome, do not skimp on research.

Career Choices for BA Degree

Human Resource Management/Director
Social Worker
Operations Manager
Executive Director
Executive Assistant
Marketing Manager
Program Manager for Non-Profit Organization

This list of career choices is not all the career choices available; these are some of the top paying career choices. Undergraduate degrees do bring a higher paycheck, but the degree is not the only thing needed, the experience is another important requirement for many career choices. Do some research and find a company that provides the career you are looking for the research the requirements for getting that position.


Career Choices with a Master's Degree in Psychology

An MA in psychology provides a variety of options when it comes to career choice. With a master's degree in psychology, the median salary ranges from $43,000 to $116,000 This degree in psychology has more options, but the requirements for landing the perfect job remain. Experience is important when companies are looking for candidates; entry-level psychology jobs are the best way to gain that experience.

Many companies have entry level positions available that will eventually lead to the position you want. Research your choices and find a company that fits your career choice and offers entry-level positions. If the company you are interested in does not have entry-level positions, look for entry-level jobs that will provide the experience needed to work in the field you are interested in. A master's in psychology is the first step; experience will seal the deal.

Career Choice for a Master's Degree

Mental Health Therapist
Certified Behavior Analyst
Director of Operations
Clinical Director
Mental Health Clinician
Licensed Counselor
Research Analyst

This list of careers is not complete, new areas and applications for psychology are always on the horizon. The point is, the skill gained while working toward a master's degree in psychology provide a strong base for many different careers. Some jobs are more specialized others just require the basic skills learned while working toward a master's in psychology. Specialized career choices such as a licensed counselor or certified behavior analyst will require a license or other certification to practice.

Source: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/careers/careers-in-psychology-for-psychology-majors/

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