Do you have a bachelor’s degree in psychology? Are you searching for a job? Are you getting ready to graduate and have no idea where to start? Do you not have any desire to go to graduate school and become a psychologist? Here are a few job ideas for graduates with a degree in psychology.
This article is a supplement to “Jobs and Career Ideas for Psychology Majors.” Please be sure to check it out for some additional job ideas.
Psychology Job Idea #1: Adult Protective Services Caseworker
Do you think you’d like to advocate for the rights of senior citizens? Would you like to help people who are disabled or elderly? Can you tolerate lots of paperwork? Can you handle a job with lots of stress and low pay? Then a career as an APS caseworker might be for you.
If you are in Texas, or don’t mind moving there, you can apply on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website here. If you are still in college, and this is something you might want to do, it might be a great idea to get some volunteer experience first. You might try volunteering with Hospice or your local hospital..
Psychology Job Idea #2: College Dorm Resident Director
Did you enjoy the college life? Do you think you’d like supervising a college dorm? Are you flexible and not picky about the pay? A job as a college dorm resident director might be for you. Some of these positions require a Master’s level degree, but many colleges will hire someone with a Bachelor’s degree only. You can search for job openings at www.higheredjobs.com and www.studentaffairs.com. You might also just search on the websites of colleges that you want to work at.
Psychology Job Idea #3: Life Coach
If you think you have what it takes to run your own business and be your own boss, then consider becoming a life coach. You might need another job to supplement your income at first. Check out “So You’re Thinking About Becoming a Life Coach?” for some more insight.
There are currently at least 11,000 life coaches around the world. As a life coach, you will help people meet their goals through counseling and more. If this is something you might want to do, it could be beneficial to read “5 Basic Tips for Starting Your Own Business.”
Psychology Job Idea #4: Nanny
Do you enjoy helping children? Would you like to play an important role in the life of a child? You might consider becoming a nanny. This is definitely a unique career option for someone with a degree in Psychology. You can find one agency that hires nannies here. You might also search on Yahoo for “nanny jobs”.
Psychology Job Idea #5: Peace Corps Volunteer
If you are very flexible, want to travel, and can tolerate low pay for a few years, this might be a great option for you. As a peace corps volunteer, you will make a difference in the lives of people in need. For advice on becoming a member of the Peace Corps, read “Ten Reasons to Join the Peace Corps” and “Pros and Cons of Joining the Peace Corps.” This will also look fabulous on your resume.
Psychology Job Idea #6: Insurance Adjuster
While this one doesn’t have much to do with your degree, it can be a lucrative career choice. Many insurance companies only require a bachelor’s degree in any area to become an insurance adjuster. These jobs usually have a high salary and great benefits. Check out the websites of insurance companies you’d like to work for to search for openings.
These are just six job ideas for people with a degree in psychology. Be sure to read “Jobs and Career Ideas for Psychology Majors” for some more suggestions. If you are still in college, it might be very wise to do some volunteer work. Read “Psychology Volunteer Work: Volunteer Job Ideas for Psychology Majors” for advice.
If you are having a difficult time finding a job, remember it is not too late to go back to school. Even if you don’t want to become a psychologist, there are other options you can explore. For example, you could go to physical therapy or occupational therapy school. Or, you could even apply to pharmacy school. Contact your college’s career center for career counseling. Good luck with your job search!