PDF
Available
as a PDF

AREAS
HUMAN SERVICES
Direct Care:
Counseling
Psychotherapy
Case Management
Mental Health Services
Physical Health and Wellness
Crisis Work
Art Therapy
Music Therapy

Administration:
Advocacy
Programming
Community Relations
Management
Development/Fund Raising
Grant Writing

EMPLOYERS
Federal government, including Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, Veterans Administration, VA Hospitals
State government, including Departments of Human Services, Mental
Health & Mental Retardation, Community mental health centers, State
psychiatric hospitals, Facilities for mentally impaired, Justice,
Probation and parole
Local government
Senior citizens' centers
United Way agencies
Social service/nonprofit organizations
Religiously affiliated service organizations
Hospitals/healthcare providers
Private psychiatric facilities
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
College and university counseling centers
Private practice

STRATEGIES

Obtain essential practical experience through part-time or summer jobs
such as camp counselor, tutor, or resident hall advisor.  Complete an
internship for academic credit.  Gain experience through volunteering
with organizations such as crisis hotlines, Big Brother or Sister,
Special Olympics, service fraternities or sororities, etc.  Many
entry-level helping positions require one year of related experience. 
Volunteer experience and internships can typically fulfill this
requirement.  Learn to work well with different types of people. 
Develop strong communication skills.  Cultivate the desire to help
others.  Become fluent in a foreign language to serve clients who may
not speak English.  Be willing to relocate for increased job
opportunities.  Become familiar with government hiring procedures.
 Acquire knowledge of government and community resources available for
those in need.  Obtain a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, or
social work for positions involving substantive counseling or
psychotherapy or for advancement into administrative/supervisory
positions.  Many specialties exist at the graduate level, for example
school counseling, mental health counseling, counseling psychology,
etc.  Pursue particular degrees depending upon interests and career
goals.  See General Information on the last page for more details on
this topic.  Maintain an excellent academic record and seek experiences
valued by graduate programs.

AREAS
RESEARCH
Social Research
Market Research
Data Analysis

EMPLOYERS
Federal, state and local government agencies
National headquarters of non-profit organizations
Universities and colleges
Market research firms
Market research departments of consumer goods and manufacturing firms
Consulting firms

STRATEGIES
Work with a professor on his or her research project.  Develop strong
quantitative and statistical skills.  Take additional math and
statistics courses.  Obtain a graduate degree for greater
opportunities.  Obtain related experience. Get a part-time or summer
field service position with a market research firm.  Get involved in
the American Marketing Association.  Earn a graduate degree in
psychology, statistics or marketing for the greatest number of
opportunities.

AREAS
EDUCATION
Teaching
Student Affairs
Administration
Training
Adult Learning

EMPLOYERS
Public and private K-12 schools
Colleges and universities
Community instruction offered by government or social service agencies, e.g. GED classes, life skills, parenting, etc.

STRATEGIES
Obtain a teaching certificate for public school positions.  Multiple
certifications will increase marketability. Seek guidance from the
education department of your college.  Earn a doctoral degree for
post-secondary teaching.  Secure strong personal recommendations. 
Volunteer or work as a tutor.  Gain experience working with children
or adolescents.  Acquire related experience on campus as a resident
hall advisor, orientation leader, admissions tour guide, or peer
mentor.  Develop strong communication skills and learn to speak well in
front of a group.

AREAS
HUMAN RESOURCES
Employment and Recruitment
Labor Relations
Compensation and Benefits
Organizational Development
Training

EMPLOYERS
Large companies
Government agencies
Staffing and employment services
Large non-profit organizations including hospitals and educational institutions

STRATEGIES
Gain relevant experience in human resources by completing an
internship.  Earn a minor in business or supplement curriculum with
business courses.  Seek leadership positions in student organizations. 
Develop strong computer skills.  Earn an MBA or a graduate degree in
human resources to attain higher-level positions.

AREAS
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY
Sales
Customer Service
Management
Insurance:  Claims Management, Underwriting
Real Estate:  Sales, Property Management
Public Relations

EMPLOYERS
Service providers
Wholesalers
Manufacturers
Retail stores including:  Department stores, Specialty stores, Discount stores, Super retailers, Online retailers
Call centers
Financial institutions
Insurance companies
Real estate companies
Property management firms
Apartment complexes
Public relations departments of large businesses or nonprofit organizations

STRATEGIES
Develop career goals and seek relevant experiences to prepare for those
goals.  Earn a minor in business or supplement curriculum with
business or communication courses.
Obtain relevant experience through internships or part-time jobs. 
Work a part-time or summer job in a retail store.  Demonstrate a
willingness to take on additional responsibilities such as "assistant
manager."  Participate in student organizations and seek leadership
roles.  Learn to work well with different types of people.  Develop a
strong commitment to customer satisfaction.  For sales, develop the
ability to work well under pressure and be comfortable in a competitive
environment.  Be willing to start in a management-trainee program or
other entry-level positions.  When job searching, seek employers
interested in hiring "any major."  Understand the top skills employers
desire and be prepared to demonstrate them, such as communication (oral
and written), computer, interpersonal, leadership and teamwork, etc.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Psychology provides a broad, liberal arts background.  Some students
may choose to study psychology because they enjoy the subject but wish
to pursue careers requiring "any major."  In this scenario, it is
critical to develop desirable skills through internships, part-time or
summer jobs, or volunteer experiences.  Some skills valued most by
employers include:  communication, interpersonal, leadership,
teamwork, and computer skills. 

Other students may major in psychology because they want to work in a
related field. Many entry-level helping positions are available,
however the amount of direct client contact is limited for those who
have a bachelor's degree. Students may wish to pursue graduate education
in psychology, social work, counseling, college student personnel, or
other related fields to increase opportunities and earning potential. 
Research career fields to learn what type of degree (master's or
doctoral) and subject area are most appropriate.  The following list
provides some examples:
                                   
Master's Degree
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Professional Counselor
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Rehabilitation Counselors
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists

Doctoral Degree
Counseling Psychologist
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Experimental Psychologist
School Psychologist
Sport Psychologist
Industrial/Organizational Psychologist

For those wishing to pursue graduate education, maintain a high grade
point average, secure strong faculty recommendations, and gain
experience through volunteer or work opportunities.  Assist a faculty
member with his or her research.

 

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University
of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA
Employer

Contact Career Planning

Carol Cullinan, Director
ccullinan@medaille.edu

Kimberly A. Partyka, Secretary
kap338@medaille.edu

Career Planning
Medaille College
18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, New York 14214
(716) 880-2210

 

Medaille College © 2014   All Rights Reserved