Entry level psychology jobs

A psychology degree can lead towards different career paths depending on your specialization and interest. Most commonly, psychologists work in clinical psychology, which focuses on mental health, emotional and behavioral disorders. A doctorate, or license, is often required before one can become a practicing clinical psychologist. This job also presupposes several years of experience, which is why the median salary as high as $82,183, according to salary.com. The institutions that hire the majority of psychologists are educational (counseling, research, administration) and healthcare (mental health practitioners, hospitals, physicians’ offices), as reported by the BLS. Often, psychologists can choose to open a private practice, which gives them more flexibility and usually higher pay, but also more responsibility.

If you are fresh out of college, looking for an entry level psychology job and with no degree higher than a bachelor’s in psychology, you can consider research positions that would help you gain more expertise in the field and set you up for continuing your studies. However, if you want a more practical application of your major, often the human resources and professional development departments of large companies hire psychology and sociology majors.

The entry level salary for a human resources representative is $48, 710, based on salary.com. The job outlook for psychologists is stable, as the occupation as a whole is expected to grow about 12%, which is about average. However, opportunities for industrial-organizational psychologists are the brightest, with a 26% expected growth versus only 11% growth for clinical psychologists, based on BLS data. If you have not decided on your entry level psychology job this could help you settle on on a specialization.