Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Strong reading comprehension, writing and speaking skills
  • Ability to observe and analyze introspectively
  • Sensitivity to & understanding the needs and emotions of others
  • Evaluates and solves problems
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Ability to interact with people of varying ages & backgrounds
  • Handles stressful situations
  • Critical thinking
  • Listening
  • Insight to deal effectively with people
  • Research

CAREER TITLES

  • Admissions Advisor
  • Advertising Assistant
  • Art Therapist
  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Caseworker
  • Clergy
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • College Student Affairs Professional
  • Customer Service Rep.
  • Dance Therapist
  • Dean of Student Affairs
  • Director of Volunteer Services
  • Drama Therapist
  • Drug Rehab Counselor
  • Education Specialist
  • Family Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Job Coach
  • Journalist
  • Juvenile Case Worker
  • Lawyer
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marriage Therapist
  • Media Buyer
  • Music Therapist
  • Professor
  • Program Assistant
  • Psychiatrist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Recruiter
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Research Associate
  • Social Worker
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Trainer
  • Training/Development Manager
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Women’s Advocate
  • Youth Ministry Coordinator

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Educational Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Government Agencies
  • Volunteer Organizations
  • Social Services Agencies
  • Nonprofit Agencies
  • Religious Institutions
  • Retirement Communities
  • Youth Programs
  • Counseling Centers
  • Private Corporations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.apa.org  - The American Psychological Association
www.apa.org/careers/resources/guides/ - APA Career Guides
www.counseling.org - The American Counseling Association
www.socialpsychology.org - Social Psychology Network
careersinpsychology.org - Careers in Psychology
www.naswdc.org - National Association of Social Workers
www.arttherapy.org - American Art Therapy Association
www.nadt.org - The National Association for Drama Therapy
www.musictherapy.org - American Music Therapy Association
http://ncda.org - National Career Development Association
www.schoolcounselor.org - American School Counselor Association
psychologydegreeguide.org - Psychology degree and career guide
www.shrm.org - Society for Human Resource Management
www.nyas.org  - The New York Academy of Sciences
www.nyas.org/sciencealliance - Committed to advancing the careers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
www.apa.org/careers/resources/profiles/index.aspx - Non-academic careers in Psychology
www.learnpsychology.org - Explore degree programs, careers and resources.
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information.

JOB SEARCH LINKS
Career Development Center - Visit Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.socialservice.com  - Social Service jobs
www.chronicle.com - The Chronicle of Higher Education, jobs and articles
www.k12jobs.com – Public, private and technical school jobs
www3.opwdd.ny.gov/rr/index.jsp - Jobs working with people with developmental disabilities
www.idealist.org  - Great entry level and internship listings, career fairs
www.nonprofitjobs.org - Jobs and internship
www.socialworker.com – Job bank and news for social work
www.higheredjobs.com – Jobs in higher education
www.hscareers.com  - Human Services Career Network
www.researchgate.net – Professional network for scientists/researchers and job search
www.ihiresocialservices.com - Social service jobs
psychologyjobs.com/ - Explore psychology jobs
www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu - National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates

Additional Resources Available at the CDC