What jobs are out there for Psychology Majors?

psychology degrees and careers in ABA

Did you know that 57% of psychology majors going into the workforce after their Bachelor’s Degree? About 25% go to graduate school.

You’ve  probably spent hours hearing people telling you that psychology degrees don’t make any money, and you will be serving them at McDonalds.

You spent hours in forums across the internet trying to find your passion in all of the possibilities. But what fits your unique perspective?

That’s what psychology is all about.

Psychology Majors make great Analysts!

Have you thought of becoming an analyst?

Typically the term ‘Analyst’ sounds extremely mathematical. However, that certainly doesn’t have to be the case. Analyst works in different fields:

  • Marketing,
  • Products,
  • and Behavior

…just to name a few.

A deep curiosity for how people think is important for working in this field. Companies hire Analyst to study human behavior to improve customer engagement. With a little bit of stats and knowledge of behavior, you can be an analyst. Perks include potentially working from home and making between $50-$100K annually. These jobs usually have the title, ‘Data Analyst’ with a psychology or sociology background.

On the other hand, a more people oriented analyst can engage one to one with clients. That’s what we do. We work with Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Primarily, they work with children who have Autism in 1-1 sessions that happen at the children’s home , in-clinics, or at schools.

There are also some who work with corporate management to help companies implement changes throughout their organization. These roles are usually in the department of Change Management.

Either way the options are plenty, you just have to put together the right work in your portfolio and the right internships for success.

 

Here’s a story about going into the Data Analyst field

A BCBA works with a Child in an ABA Session

 

Psychology Majors Make great Criminal Investigators!

Any Criminal Minds fans here???

Not me gives me nightmares, but I could watch NCSI.

Well, those jobs do exist.

If you want to go toe-to-toe with some of the darkest minds in our world to saving the much less inclined members of our community.

I salute you.

As a criminal investigator, you will be walking into the the worst days of people’s lives to hopefully shade some light in the dark. Where can you work? There are Federal, State, and Local Crime Scene Investigators. Working for the FBI you’d make around $80-$110K a year but as a more local investigator you’d make $40-$60L depending on where you live. You can work in cybercrimes helping people being trafficked through ecommerce websites or you could be working local murder scenes or kidnappings. This necessary but mental tolling job may be for you.

Here’s a few videos from a Crime Scene Investigator

Psychology Majors make great Human Resource Specialists!

You may think that Human Resource jobs are all paperwork but that’s not the case. HR can be about being on the frontlines of cross-cultural communication gaps. People from all different walks of life come together at companies and sometimes…a bit of translation is needed. Hiring people according to company values creates the type of working environment where everyone can thrive. Human Resources specialist make between $25-$65K a year with tons of potential growth options. 

Gary Vaynerchuk, or GaryVee, famed entrepreneur, was the first person to hire a Chief Heart Officer whose dedicated to improving the lives of all of the employees at VaynerMedia.

That could be switching people from one position to another because their training is in one area, but they have natural skill in another or they simply work better under a different team. You job is people. How can you best serve them?

Here’s a few videos from Executives in the Human Resources World

Psychology Majors make great Counselors!

This is oldie but goodie profession is where many people find themselves. Many peoplg go the Masters or Phd rout but you don’t have to do that. 

Counselors come in different varieties.

  • Marriage and Family Counselors,
  • Victoms of Trauma,
  • Substnace Abuse,

but what about:

  • Career Counseling,
  • Relationship Therapy,
  • Leadership Counseling

There are actually programs that aren’t slimy where you can help people change their lives. In fact, there’s some overlap of Behavior Analyst. As a counselor, you can expect to make $30- $60K a year.

Here’s a few videos from Thereapist

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