Are you getting ready to graduate college with a psychology degree? Don’t have any plans to go to grad school? Don’t really want to be a psychologist or counselor? Here are a few job opportunities for people with degrees in psychology.
Psychology Degree Job Opportunity #1: Caseworker for Abused / Neglected Children
Do you think you can handle helping children who have been in abusive situations? Do you think you’d like to help parents find resources, learning parenting skills and get the help they need? Do you have a lot of patience, can handle stress well, and don’t mind a low salary? Then a job as a caseworker working with children might be for you.
You will work for the state. The name of the agency varies by the state. For example, in Texas it is called “Department of Family and Protective Services.” (Visit their website here to learn about job opportunities) In Alabama, it is called “Department of Human Resources.” (Check out the website here.) In Oklahoma it is called the “Oklahoma Department of Human Services.” (Click here for their website.)
You might google “child protective services” along with your state’s name to find the agency. Most will have information available on how to apply for a job. There are many people with psychology degrees, especially in Texas, who work as a CPS caseworker.
If you are still in college, it might be a great idea to get some volunteer experience to help you land the job. One excellent opportunity to gain volunteer experience for CPS is to voluteer as a CASA, Courty Appointed Special Advocate. Visit the CASA website here for more details on how to volunteer.
Psychology Degree Job Opportunity #2: Parole / Probation Officer
If you are tough, or can at least pretend to be, a job as a parole officer might be for you. You will monitor and meet with felons who have been released on parole. For job opportunities in Texas, visit the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website here. It is called the “Department of Criminal Justice” in most other states. Google the name of your state along with it to find job openings near you.
Psychology Degree Job Opportunity #3: Human Resources Manager / Assistant
A third job idea for psychology managers is to work in human resources. Job responsibilities can include hiring, doing background checks, handling employee complaints, payroll and more. To find available jobs, google “HR Entry Level Jobs”. Or, you might just look on the websites for companies you would like to work for, to see if they are hiring in human resources. A job in human resources does require excellent communication and organizational skills.
Psychology Degree Job Opportunity #4: Head Start Teacher
Would you like to teach children and help families in tough situations? A job as a head start teacher might be your choice. Although they do prefer a degree in education or early childhood development, there are many teachers who have degrees in psychology, social worker or other area. In fact, in some locations, you do not necessarily have to have a college degree. If you are in Texas, you might consider applying to work teach with the Texas Migrant Council. Click here for the website.
To find job opportunities, google “head start jobs” along with your area. Or, you might even call local head start programs and inquire about job openings.
Psychology Degree Job Opportunity #5: Position at a Nonprofit Agency
A fifth idea is to apply for a jobs at local nonprofit agencies. You might just mail your resume (along with a cover letter) for them to keep on file. Some nonprofit agencies to consider are Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Make-A-Wish Foundation, domestic violence shelters, Hospice agencies, homeless shelters and more.
Psychology Degree Job Opportunity #6: Houseparent for Abused / Neglected Children
Do you think you would like a residential job? If you can handle a lot of stress and low pay, a job as a houseparent for foster children might be for you. It is a very rewarding job. One place to apply is Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch / Girlstown. Click here for the website. You might also check out this website here specifically for houseparents. (Some jobs do require a married couple, but many have openings for singles as well.)
Psychology Degree Job Opportunity #7: Mental Health Caseworker
Another idea is to work for the state as a caseworker for people with mental health issues. For Texas jobs, you can search on the Texas Department of State Health Services website here. To search outside of Texas, find the agency that provides mental health services and look on their website.
These are just seven ideas for jobs for psychology majors. For more advice on job hunting, you might want to read, “”How to Answer the ‘Why Should We Hire You?’ Question in a Job Interview.” Good luck with your job search!