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Counseling Careers

Why Major in Psychology?

An undergraduate degree in psychology enables students to learn how individuals’ behaviors can affect their health, well-being, and ability to cope with everyday problems and adversity. Students study how race, gender, family structure, and even mental health can impact behavior. Students develop strong analytical skills which are important when working with people to address issues, determine potential causes and develop appropriate interventions.  From studying brain connectivity to developmental milestones to personality differences, psychology majors learn the necessary skills to effectively work with others in accomplishing their personal, educational, and career goals.  

Sample job titles with a bachelor’s degree

Direct Support Provider
Employment Specialist
Youth Counselor

Sample job titles with a master’s degree

Mental Health Counselor
Social Worker
Marriage and Family Therapist
Career Counselor
Academic Advisor

Sample job titles with a doctoral degree

Psychologist (Ph.D.)
Psychiatrist (M.D.)

Special Considerations

The majority of career options in the counseling field will require an advanced degree in counseling or a related discipline (student development, social work, marriage and family therapy, etc.). Students should supplement their psychology coursework with additional courses in other interest areas (loss and trauma, substance abuse, sexuality, gender studies, etc.). It is recommended that students gain experience outside the classroom—doing research, volunteering, or completing an internship—in order to develop necessary skills for a counseling career and also to be competitive for graduate programs.